White as Silence, Red as Song Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Alessandro D’ Avenia

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: September 4, 2018

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Synopsis

“I was born on the first day of school, and I grew up and old in just two hundred days . . .”

Sixteen-year-old Leo has a way with words, but he doesn’t know it yet. He spends his time texting, polishing soccer maneuvers, and killing time with Niko and Silvia. Until a new teacher arrives and challenges him to give voice to his dreams.

And so Leo is inspired to win over the red-haired beauty, Beatrice. She doesn’t know Leo exists, but he’s convinced that his dream to win her over will come true. When Leo lands in the hospital and learns that Beatrice has been admitted too, his mission to be there for her will send him on a thrilling but heartbreaking journey. He wants to help her but doesn’t know how—and his dream of love will force him to grow up fast.

Having already sold over a million copies in Italy, Alessandro D’Avenia’s debut novel is considered the Italian The Fault in Our Stars. Now available in English for the first time, this rich, funny, and heartwarming coming-of-age tale asks us to explore the meaning—and the cost—of friendship, and shows us what happens when suffering bursts into the world of teenagers and renders the world of adults speechless.

Plot. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. This was pitched as the Italian version of The Fault in Our Stars. I hated that book. (Please don’t hate me!!) But let me tell you, I LOVED this book! I cried. I NEVER cry while reading. I have no idea why. I just don’t. But this had the hope that The Fault in Our Stars was missing for me. I had so many feels! And it was just a beautiful story!

Characters. Leo was actually really sweet. The way he talked about his love and the way he treated her was just unheard of in today’s time. He wrote songs and letters to her. It was seriously the cutest thing ever! And I loved how steady Silvia was there for Leo. She was always there when he fell or needed something. I also adored his teacher! What an awesome guy to get involved and to care for his students. More teachers should be like that.

Final Thoughts. This was a relatively short book, but it was beautifully written. Again, I was super surprised how much I loved this book. I normally do not go for contemporaries, I usually find them boring. But this one had some missing piece that isn’t there in other books. I loved the overall message of this book, to never give up on your dreams, but to maybe reexamine them sometimes, and make them into something better and stronger.

Happy Adventuring

*I received a finished copy from TLC book tours for an honest review! I’m on the Instagram tour for this on September 12!*

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August Wrap-Up

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I am always late on these. Whoops! I had one of the best reading months ever! I read 5 books where as I usually read 3! I am beyond happy with my reading month! Let’s dig into it, shall we?

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The 48 by Donna Hosie

My Rating: 3 Stars

The first book I read was about time traveling, teen, assassins. It was likable but didn’t love it. The writing was okay, the story was great, the characters were okay. The story was what really held my attention. My full review is HERE.

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Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan

My Rating: 4 Stars

I LOVED this book! It had space school, space battles, and a slow burn space romance. I don’t think I have one bad thing to say. Find my full review HERE.

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The Storm Runner by J. C. Cervantes

My Rating: 4 Stars

I loved this one too! This one was just a super fun, light read. It is a MG book but one that really held my attention. And I loved that the main character has a physical disability! Can’t wait for the second one! Find my full review HERE.

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White and Red

White as Silence, Red as Song by Alessandro D’Avenia

My Rating: 4 Stars

I have not written a full review yet as I am on a blog tour for this one later this month! However, I can tell you that this was a surprisingly good read for me. I actually cried. I NEVER cry from books. Look out for my review somewhere around the 12th!

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Nine While Nine by Stasia Morineaux

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Another one I have yet to write a full review for! Look out for that in the next few days! This was a difficult rating for me. I really enjoyed the plot and characters, but not the writing style. It was a bit too jumpy for me and I was confused a lot of the time. But this one is still on my mind, so I liked it, if that makes sense!

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Y’all, I’d call this a GREAT reading month! I am VERY pleased with this! Please tell me what you loved reading in August! I’d love to know!

Happy Adventuring