Friday, April 10, 2015

Book Review: Signs by Anna Martin

After spending most of his life in special schools, Caleb Stone now faces public high school in his senior year, a prospect that both excites him and threatens to overwhelm his social anxiety. As a deaf teenager, he’s closed himself off to the world. He speaks a shorthand with his parents and even finds it hard to use American Sign Language with people in his local deaf community. But Caleb finds comfort in his love of photography. Everything he can’t express in real life, he posts on his Tumblr.
Struggling to reconcile his resentment for his father's cruelty with the grief of losing a parent, Luc Le Bautillier scrolls through Tumblr searching for someone who might understand his goth look and effeminate nature. When Luc reblogs a photo by Caleb, sparking a conversation, they both find it easier to make friends online than in person.
Luc and Caleb confront their fears about the opinions of the outside world to meet in New York City. Despite Caleb’s increasing confidence, his parents worry he’s not ready for the trials ahead. But communication comes in many forms—when you learn the signs.

Todd’s rating:

You'd expect a book with no bad real guys and no huge misunderstandings, inevitably resulting in a big, old angsty breakup, then reconciliation to be boring, right?

Well, this book definitely proves just how wrong that statement can be, especially when you consider that this is a YA story about two 18 y.o. high school students, Caleb, who is deaf, and Luc, who is a troubled emo kid, falling in love.

The story is one of growing to love someone for who they truly are, proverbial warts and all, then supporting them to become the person that they wish to be, no matter what life throws your way.

Despite the lack of angst and external drama, the book is an absolute joy to read and actually has a decent number of sexy bits, which the author only uses to reinforce the connection between the two main characters. Those parts did not feel either dirty or like page fillers, which was great.

4 very solid *I-love-you-madly-for-who-you-truly-are* stars for this hopeful, uplifting read.

My copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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