REVIEW: Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers
SYNOPSIS: His world is music. Her world is silent.
Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the twenty-first century—until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She’s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and the bruises are getting harder to hide.
When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she’s swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He’s a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But there’s more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali’s bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali can’t turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she’s traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace’s RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved.
GENRE: Young Adult, Comtemporary, Romance
RATING: ★★★☆☆ / 3 sweet and romantic stars.
REVIEW: I want to start with all the reasons why I liked this book but instead I must get this one thing out of the way at the start... I really wish the male lead had a different name than Jace. Nearly anything else really. I just feel that the name has been so overused and instead of feeling special and new, this character is now just one of many. Okay, moving on.
If you're a fan of Colleen Hoover books then I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy Tone Deaf. It's not quite as angsty and it's geared towards a slightly more Young Adult audience than New Adult, but I still think Olivia Rivers hits a lot of the same emotional notes. The book as a whole was entertaining and grabbed me from the beginning. I finished it so quickly because I didn't want to stop reading!
Introverted deaf girl, though not always, meets cranky rock star and reluctant romance blooms. It's slightly complicated. That's really all you need to know, and I don't mean that in a bad way. Sometimes a book doesn't need to be more complex or overhyped. Tone Deaf is a delightfully perfect YA book. It's not trying to hard to get you to read it with crazy twists and turns because it doesn't need to. It's a wonderful stand-alone that gives you just enough of the lovey-dovey feels to be sweetly content. And while the main characters come together in a bit of a vacuum, there are a few other fun side characters to break up the monotony. Voila.
So if you're in the mood for a YA romance that won't give you a headache from overly crazy drama, then I highly recommend this Tone Deaf.