by Natasha Preston

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For eleven years, Oakley Farrell has been silent. At the age of five, she stopped talking,and no one seems to know why. Refusing to communicate beyond a few physical actions, Oakley remains in her own little world.
Bullied at school, she has just one friend, Cole Benson. Cole stands by her refusing to believe that she is not perfect the way she is. Over the years, they have developed their own version of a normal friendship. However, will it still work as they start to grow even closer?
When Oakley is forced to face someone from her past, can she hold her secret in any longer?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045031387
Publisher: Natasha Preston
Publication date: 10/19/2012
Series: Silence , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,180
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Late 2010 was when I discovered I enjoyed writing, before that I had never even thought about it. I fell in love with creating stories and characters instantly. At first I didn't really take writing seriously, it was a hobby. Now, though, it's all I want to do. I have the support of my wonderful fiance and family behind me. I count myself as one of the lucky ones.

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Silence 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 652 reviews.
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
This book has gotten a lot of mixed reviews, but the subject matter is so different from a lot of contemporary YA fiction of the non-paranormal genre that I was intrigued.  Sometimes these intense subjects can be glossed  over or sanitized for the YA book, so I was interested to see how that was going to play out in this book. The underlying "secret" of this book is a dark subject and one that was probably as tough to write as it was to read without getting extremely emotionally invested in the main character.  Oakley is clearly a girl who is haunted by something in her past, but we don't know what that was for much of the book.  The hints were subtle and that made the reveal that much more shocking and upsetting.  An interesting twist to this story was the fact that Oakley doesn't speak.  At all.  For that matter, she has virtually no communication with anyone of any kind.  Her isolation was so complete that, although she had a cell phone for texting, she never used it.  Every night, Cole texted her and she always answered him... but never sent them.  I didn't understand why that was until the end, which I won't share for fear of spoilers.  That isolation made me wonder how the story could possibly progress well with a character who had no verbal communication.  How can she maintain friendships and relationships, trapped in herself the way she was?  The answer was simple.  She couldn't, not really, outside of her brother and her best friend Cole.  It was tragic, her  isolation. There is romance in this book, and it is touching and sweet, but I think that the rest of it was more of the central focus of the book.  And I liked that.  I liked that there was much more to the story than teenage romance and angst.   This is a story that is, in my opinion, character-driven.  There were characters I loved and there were others that I hated with a passion.  Like in real life, there were points at which I hated/loved a particular character and then later in the story, my feelings would flip.  Oakley's parents are a perfect example of this.  As a mom, I felt like their hands off approach was a bit unbelievable.  But as the story progresses and you learn ore there are questions that get answered and make you understand. Things to love about Silence...    --The subject matter.  Not that one can truly "like" the subject matter, but I liked how it was handled throughout the story.    --Knowing Oakley.  As I said, I wondered how Oakley would be as a well-rounded character without communication and I was truly impressed with how much of a non-issue that turned out to be.    --The relationships and characters.  Whether you loved them, or hated them, they evoked a response and that is important. Things I wanted more or less of...    --More Cole.  Technically, the chapters of this book are done in POV-style, chapters for Oakley and chapters for Cole.  But Cole's POV doesn't come into play until Chapter 11, more than halfway through the book. Some quotastic goodness...    --Silence consumed my whole life ; it suppressed things I could never express. My silence was responsible for my family’s happiness. Silence was my prison (1).    --We couldn’t be together. I would never be good enough for him. He was perfect , and I was broken (18).    --I loved her so much. More than anything in the world. Enough to let her go (211). My recommendation:  This was a moving story that I think is more than worth a read!   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I seriously could not and would not put this down unless I had to. I want to get the second book but it costs money. But it really is amazing. You should absolutely read this book. It truely is amazing. Stop everything and read this book. Silence is amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was on page 38 of broken silence and realized that there was a first book. Ughhh :/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Still a better love story than twighlight
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thid book was absolutley an amazing book without any sugar coding and got straight to the point it made me cry and it takes alot to make me cry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read read it in little over 2 hours I couldn't take my eyes off of my nook would recomend for 12+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slience is one the most life changing book for victumes who have been in the same situation as Okely. I cried while reading it cause i knew wht happened to her. This author is amazing and her writing is incredible. Loved it and i recommend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful, emotional, and intense book about a terrified but brave person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Ive read it like a million times. I also have this on my iPad and Kindle fire. I recommend to all. And all you people saying its terrible and making up stuff like she got pregnant or got aids you need to shut up. Stop posting lies. Also, for you people putting one star or something and asking if its good...just read the reveiws. Oh my god. Common sense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a sad story with a depressing ending. Can't anyone write a happy ending anymore? If I want to feel bad while I'm reading, I'll get a newspaper
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many books, but never like this. I was never much of a nonfiction fan, but I felt like I was actually there, and every single wird brought me closes to the characters. I hope to read more like this in the future..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasnt to sure about it at first... but then I couldnt put it down! Yes... a lot of grammatical errors, but who cares? U get the point! Kinda knew where it was headed until the very end!!!! Shocked the crap out of me... enough to get the 2nd one!!! About to start it now... hope its as good as the first!!!!!
Pitollie More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.The story is about a 15 year old gal who hasn't spoken a word in 10 years. While she wants to talk, she has learned to communicate with facial expressions. Her family cares deeply about this and she is in all other ways a normal teen. Her story develops slowly bringing the reader slowly into her silent world. I got this as a Free Friday Nook book, but loved it so much I purchased the next book, Broken Silence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good, however only in terms of the content. The idea that this girl stopped talking due to a trsumatic experience, was very interesting to me, however, the characters truly lacked depth. This story was written mostly from the point of view of Oakley and other times it was told from Coles perspective although we never really needed to know how he felt about anything because it was already pretty clear. Most of the characters were hard to care about besides Cole and Oakley. The story seemed very far fetched. The only reason why I finished was because I wanted to know so badly why she would not speak and what the secret she was hiding was. The author was smart when she decided to reveal the secret at the very end because if I would have found out half way through, I probably wouldn't have continued reading. Although the book tries to be heavy/adult in terms of the "secret" it was very light. It won't really make you uncomfortable because nothing is explained in great detail, so if you are one of those people that can't stand traumatic experiences in gruesome detail,, this book will be okay for you. The odds lf me reading the second book are pretty slim.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So sad, yet so great. I almost feel like crying. This is a great read for anyone who likes romantics and suspension. Though there is some content and language that is not rated for children under the age of 13.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I definite recommend this book about love, betrayal, and the emotional Rollercoaster of first love. Families that are well described and characters that you can relate to. Read the won't be sorry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing i was so sad when i was done reading it. That is saying alot i hate reading and i couldnt stop reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Finished the whole series. It dragged you up and down with its high and low points. Just absolutely amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An absolutly amazing book and I couldn't put it down. Can't eait to start the second one. Great work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absoultly loved this book i actruly related to oakley i was raped when i was three but i didnt keep quiet i told what i could and he got put in jail then when i was eight we went to court and he stayed in jail and eventruly died there... but i love her story because she didnt make her problem a problem that much and i agree with her pink sucks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me in tears and angery enough to scream lol its a really good book but is about a topic that most people don't like to think about.:/
AudEve More than 1 year ago
The intrigue in this book made it impossible to put down. Would recommend it for older teens, as some of the situations aren't meant for younger readers. Cannot wait to see how the story continues. On to the next book!
Bernermom More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Granted I feel there could have been more depth in areas. The love story part was sweet. The sad part while i did see it coming it was done well. IT doesn't get 5 stars in everything but 5 overall. Nice little quick read. Also I know my grammer isn't great I will admit it first but if you leave a review claiming it was the downfall of the story, make sure your grammar is superb.  
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I love this book so much! I would really reccomend this for teenagers.