October 14, 2015
A Distant Voice
by Bridie Blake
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
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.