by Olivia Rivers
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Sky Pony Press
Summary from Goodreads:
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 centuryâuntil 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. Sheâs 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, sheâs swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. Heâs a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But thereâs more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Aliâs bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali canât turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon sheâs traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jaceâs 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.
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âA smart, sexy, and fast-paced story with a swoon-worthy love interest. Tone Deaf will be music to your ears.â âJessica Taylor, author of Wandering Wild
âMuch like its hero, Tone Deafâs flashy, rock-star exterior surrounds a sweet, vulnerable soul that made it impossible to put down. It is equal parts fun and touching, with a dash of humor and lot of heart. The friendships, as well as the romance, have intense, believable chemistry, and with a giant pitbull named Cuddles thrown in the mix, I was in love!â âLaura Lee Anderson, author of Song of Summer
âOlivia Rivers has hit all the right notes with Tone Deaf.â âA. R. Kahler, author of Pale Queen Rising and Shades of Darkness
âThe portrayal of Ali as Deaf is authentic and modern. She loves rock concerts for the vibrations and sensory pull of the crowd. She prefers to sign but exasperatedly reads the lips of people who talk fast or turn away as they talk. As Ali, Jace, and the band tour amid Amber alerts, surprising emotional connections are painfully forged and will resonate with young survivors of abuse, especially as Ali takes small steps toward recovery. VERDICT This gripping tale of survival has great appeal due to the parallel boy/girl narrative structure, the portrayal of a Deaf character at home in the realm of music and songwriting, and the overall pop culture tenor.â âSchool Library Journal
About the Author
Olivia Rivers is a hybrid author of Young Adult fiction. Her works include the independently published âTortured Elementsâ and âDuplicityâ series, along with the traditionally published novel âTone Deafâ (Skyhorse 2016.) As a certified geek, she enjoys experimenting with new publishing technologies, and her online serials have received over 1,000,000 hits on Wattpad.com. When Olivia isnât working as a writer, sheâs a typical teen attending college in Northern California. Olivia is represented by Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary, and nothing thrills her more than hearing from readers.
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