TITLE: Louder Than Words
AUTHOR: Iris St. Clair
PUBLICATION: Published September 16th 2014 by Swoon Romance
GENRE: YA > Realistic Fiction | Romance
PAGES: 300pages (Kindle Edition)
SOURCE: review copy via tour host
RATING: 4 ★★★★1/2
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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.
This is one of the most romantic and moving book I’ve ever read. I kid you not. Me saying that I’m surprised is an understatement.
A drunkard mother, a teacher who forced himself on her and a boy who makes her heart race. Ellen’s life is so not boring. Let me just start of by saying that I adore this heroine so much. I really want to hug her because of the stupid things that has been happening in her life. She’s a tough cookie, I’ll tell you that. I mean, sure, not at first.. but that’s why I admire her. She learned how to be brave. How to take courage. How to make everyone hear what she has to say. And lastly, she learned how to stand up for others and for herself.
The love interest, Rex is very charming. Ahh, maybe he’ll just smile and I’ll immediately melt off. Oh but he’s not perfect! Far from it. He’s actually very stupid. He’s adorably stupid. That’s why the romance was a little painful for me to read, not because it’s not good. It’s actually the slow burn kind of romance which I really liked. I don’t know what possessed me though but through out the book, I JUST WANT THEM TO BE TOGETHER, you know? Like seriously come on just kiss each other already! But I’ve waited…. and yeah, it was so worth it. Rex and and Ellen’s relationship is real! It went through friendship, it was tested and it’s it’s.. it’s.. so so well written!
This book tackled with a lot of hard issues like abuse, teacher-student affair and alcohol. The family aspect is heavy. And the characters are fleshed out and complex. This is what amaze me so. Because the book is oh so romantic and light, but the hard issues were handled very well! It was dealt with accordingly and in a very poignant and moving way. I guess I have to praise St. Clair for that. This is another case of simple yet affecting way kind of writing. Her words stirs up something inside you and you can’t help but be touched.
It’s hard to believe that this is the author’s debut novel, I honestly can’t wait for more from her. I’m definitely a huge fan now. Louder Than Words has humor and romance, it’s thought provoking and incredibly well thought. Absolutely one of my top favorite this year!
Iris St. Clair is the pen name for a long-suffering cubicle worker by day, a Walter Mitty-like dreamer by night. (Her alter ego Tatiana Ivanadance also choreographs gravity-defying routines in those fantasies, but that’s another bio.
No matter what genre she writes, she prefers witty, insecure heroines and kind, persistent heroes able to break through to the gooey heart inside.
In high school she was voted most likely to win at Monopoly and Clue, but least likely to throw a ball anywhere near a target. Thank goodness writing requires less hand-eye coordination, punctuation errors notwithstanding.
Iris believes in the two-year “fish or cut bait” dating rule and has a 20+ year marriage and two teenaged sons as proof of concept. She lives, writes, dreams and dances in the rainy Portland, OR area.