Thursday, September 25, 2014

Louder Than Words ARC Review

Title: Louder Than Words                                                                        
Author: Iris St. Clair  

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Age Group: Young Adult

My Rating: 4 / 5

Goodreads Summary:

Disappointment has been on speed dial in Ellen Grayson's life lately. Her dad died, her mom numbs the grief with drugs and alcohol, and her so-called friends have slowly abandoned her.

Trusting a popular teacher with her troubles should have been safe and should NOT have led to an unwelcome seduction attempt that made her desperate to escape the final moments of Junior year. Lesson learned. Best to keep all the sordid details to herself and trust no one.

Enter Rex Jacobi, a cocky boy, recently transplanted from New York City and fellow summer camp employee. Though his quick wit and confidence draws her in, she can't let him get too close. And summer is just long enough and hot enough to keep a boy like that at arm's length.

But by the time Rex's charm wears down her resistance, it's too late. He's put Ellen on the "just friends" shelf and has shifted his romantic attentions to the impossibly annoying and perky anti-Ellen. Even worse, the teacher who tried to get her to sleep with him is still at it, preying on other girls while Ellen struggles to come to terms with what happened.

With her ability to trust as shaky as a chastity vow on prom night, Ellen must decide if she has enough remaining courage to speak up about the well-liked teacher and risk retribution, tell Rex how she really feels about him and risk heartbreak, or hold all her secrets inside. After all, it's the only safe place she knows when the only thing louder than words is the fear of being rejected.

My Thoughts:
*** I recieved a free review copy of this book from the author through YA Bound Book Tour as part of the Louder Than Words book tour***

Louder Than Words is a beautifully written story about what it means to be courageous and do the right thing no matter how difficult it is sometimes.

I'll admit that when I started reading the book it felt a bit slow, but it was also interesting enough to keep me hooked and continue reading.  And it just got better and better the more I read.  The characters were all very well thought out and their personality was developed very nicely throughout the story.  I loved how Ellen really grew out of her shell as the story progressed and stood up for herself even when the whole school was against her.  Rex on the other hand.... I am not sure how to feel about him, but I can say that he really did come through for Ellen and was a great friend throughout the story, especially towards the end.  Moving on from that, the supporting characters were also really great.  I adored Ellen's relationship with her brother even though he was a bit too overprotective at times.  But at the end of day, he was a great brother and guardian to Ellen.

The way Ms. Clair wrote this book really made it stay true and realistic to how everyone probably would have reacted and been like had the situations that occurred in this book really happened in real life.  This was a very heartwarming, and beautifully written story about standing up for yourself, doing the right thing,learning to trust and confide in the people who care about you.  I loved reading Ellen's story and was very happy with how everything worked out in the end.

I really enjoyed reading Louder Than Words, and I definitely recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of sweet, heartwarming contemporary young adult novels.  Ms. Clair has definitely found a new fan, and I'll make sure to keep an eye out for more of her books in the future!

*** To View The Full Louder Than Words Book Tour Go HERE***


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