Louder Than Words
Release Date: 09/16/14
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.
I was pleasantly surprised by this great debut. It was written beautifully, the characters were
amazing and the story progressed smoothly and beautifully.
This is a story about a girl who knows only disappointment in life, from her mother, her peers and ultimately her teacher, when he tries to seduce her but fortunately, she manages to escape.
From there the story follows Ellen while she battles to find herself, to come to grips with what happened and what should she do.
Then, in summer camp, she meets Rex, a confident and fun guy who just moved from New York, with his own set of problems and it seems he has his eye on her. But because of Ellen s fear and shyness, they seem to be destined to remain friends so Ellen tries to figure out how to show him her true feelings in hope it is not too late.
This story is very emotional, at times frustrating when we see how Rex and Ellen dance around each other. It is also a story about fighting for yourself, growing up and taking action even though you never know what will happen next. Ellen is an amazing character, cynical and lonely yet strong and funny. The friendship between Rex and her was amazing and entertaining and I am glad there was no insta-love. I hope Ms. St. Clair writes something new soon, I will sure read it.I recommend this book to lovers of contemporary YA, this book wont disappoint.
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About the Author
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.
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