October 14, 2015

Evernight Teen




A Distant Voice
by Bridie Blake   


In life you don't find your voice. It finds you.

Violet Hayes knows how to survive the year living with her grandmother in the small town of Wandorah, Tennessee.

* Make Rose happy
* Don't sing or play guitar
* Avoid Sally Shaw
* Ignore Carter Jenkins

It seems simple enough, right? Wrong.

* How do you keep a depressed sister happy?
* How do you deny yourself your dream?
* How do you avoid a friendship?
* And how do you ignore a boy when he's everywhere you turn?

Violet's to-do list just became a whole lot harder.


"Emotional Story"  By Tonyalee 1 year ago

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Having not heard much about A Distant Voice before requesting, I had no idea what to expect. I had a few assumptions, sure, but nothing concrete. And honestly, I wasn't expecting it to be quite so emotional but it was.

Violet was a hard character to like at first - but, considering all that she is going through, you understand why she has such a thick wall built around her and doesn't want to let anyone in. She comes off rude and with a standoffish personality, even downright mean at times, but we as the reader don't know exactly the full scope of Violet's pain; we slowly learn about during the course of the novel. It's an emotional journey, for sure.

While their romance plays a large part with character growth, I never felt it overwhelmed the plot or Violet's journey, and I appreciated that. Carter was an amazing love interest and character. He too is battling some personal demons of his own.

The story has a heavy focus on mental illness and alcohol abuse, and it's well done. It's not taken lightly, and as someone with deep knowledge of both, I felt Violet's voice was authentic to the situation(s) at hand.

All in all, I really enjoyed it. The ending left on a bittersweet note, kind of open ended but I like that. If you are looking for a great YA coming of age story, then I highly recommend picking up A Distant Voice.