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I absolutely loved this book. Amazing. Truly amazing. This is a perfect example of a character changing and maturing throughout a novel. At the end, Shelly is a completely different person from who she was in the beginning, sneaking up on her deaf brother and saying mean things he can't hear.
I love how complex the story is, focusing on various relationships and storylines. It is still easy to follow, but complex enough to make it really interesting.
One of my favorite elements was how seamlessly Schachter works in various aspects of Deaf culture and etiquette when talking to people who are deaf or hard of hearing (looking at the person signing instead of the person interpreting). Schachter founds ways to effortlessly put these things into the story so it educated the reader without making them feel like someone was ranting at them.
I also really liked the focus on talking things out and sharing feeling, especially among the male characters. I love how open Ian became about the things that upset him and how he is able to talk through them with Shelly.
This is a truly fantastic book. I loved every page of it. I cannot recommend this book enough.
Schachter put a lot into this novel and it really shows. You can feel her on each page and it is an amazing experience.