Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Louder Than Words, by Laurie Plissner

Barnes & Noble

The debut novel of an American original, Laurie Plissner's is both medical thriller and lyric love story in the tradition of magical realism

Since the snowy night when her family's car slammed into a tree, killing her parents and little sister, Sasha has been unable to speak except through a computer with a robotic voice. Nothing is wrong with her body; that's healed. But, after four years, Sasha's memory, and her spirit, are still broken. 

Then one day, she's silently cussing out the heavy book she dropped at the library when a gorgeous, dark-haired boy, the kind of boy who considers Sasha a freak or at least invisible, "answers" Sasha's hidden thoughts -- out loud. 

Yes, Ben can read minds; it's no big deal. 

He's part of a family with a host of unusual, almost-but-not-quite-supernatural talents. Through Ben's love, Sasha makes greater progress than she has with a host of therapists and a prominent psychiatrist. With him to defend her, bullies keep the world from ever understanding Sasha, and he pulls away. 

Determined to win him and prove her courage by facing her past, Sasha confronts her past -- only to learn that her family's death was no accident and that a similar fate may wait for her, in the unlikeliest of disguises.

Cover love?  Yes!  It's beautiful! 
Intriguing Premise?  You betcha! 
Stereotypical "broken" character?  Ugh.  Yes.
Stereotypical "omg he's too hot for me" love interest?  Ugh again.

I started and stopped this book three times; it just didn't hold my interest.

It seems to follow the standard YA formula:
hot guy
average girl
super powers
"he's the only person who understands me"
misunderstanding or self-sacrifice
finally getting back together

I don't know if this is actually the case, since I never read further than the first chapter.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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