For eleven years, Oakley Farrell has been silent. At the age of five, she stopped talking, and no one seems to know why. Refusing to communicate beyond a few physical actions, Oakley remains in her own little world. Bullied at school, she has just one friend, Cole Benson. Cole stands by her, refusing to believe that she is not perfect the way she is. Over the years, they have developed their own version of a normal friendship. However, will it still work as they start to grow even closer? When Oakley is forced to face someone from her past, can she hold her secret in any longer?
Rating: 4/5 Stars
I have been meaning to read “Silence” for a long time now. It’s permanently free on iBooks, and I downloaded it a few years ago but never got around to reading it. When I agreed to be apart of the blog tour for the new covers, it gave me the perfect excuse to finally read it! (as well as the next two books in the series, which I cannot wait to start reading!)
The plot of the book is intriguing, since for the majority of the book, Oakley doesn’t say a word. I would be interested to see how a film adaptation would handle that. Having the book mostly from Oakley’s POV helped a lot, since we could see her thoughts and get to know her without actual dialogue. The same goes for Cole’s POV — it was cool to get a sort of “outsider looking in” (although Cole can’t really be called an outsider, you know what I mean).
At one point it seemed like the POV shifted mid-chapter for a paragraph, and then shifted back to the POV it was supposed to be in which was a bit confusing, but overall the switching back and forth between Cole and Oakley’s POVs was good! I think that a short chapter from the campsite from Oakley’s POV would have been a great addition to the story, but I liked how the story progressed nonetheless.
Cole and Oakley’s relationship was so sweet! I shipped them SO HARD. Cole is basically the perfect boyfriend, and I loved watching their relationship develop throughout the book. They are both so supportive of each other, and it was lovely to read.
Oakley’s relationship with her family was interesting to read too. She cares so deeply about her mother and brother, Jasper, that she can’t imagine sharing her secret because it’ll hurt them, which is a very brave thing to do, even though that is misplaced. Her dynamic with her father is not nearly as good as it is with the other members of her family, for reasons that become clear later on.
Overall, this was a great book, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!