Blurb; ‘I have a voice but it isn’t mine. It used to say things so I’d fit in – to please my parents, to please my teachers. It used to tell the universe I was something I wasn’t. It lied.’ Fifteen-year-old Tess doesn’t mean to become mute. At first, she’s just too shocked to speak. And who wouldn’t be? Discovering your whole life has been a lie because your dad isn’t your real father is a pretty big deal. Tess sets out to find the truth of her identity, and uncovers a secret that could ruin multiple lives. But can she ask for help when she’s forgotten how to use her voice?
My Review; This is one from my library pile and I’ve read all this authors books now. This was a bit of a wierd read but I still enjoyed it. A brilliant moral to the story… You can stay mute all you like but you have power in your voice.
Main character Tess, well I loved her. She was like a friend more than a character. She reads something on her ‘dads’ (not biological) blog which upsets her, makes her go mute and she decides to hunt for her real father (a sperm donor). After that she quickly gets manipulated into keeping the secret of two teachers relationship which shouldn’t be happening. And becomes fixated with one of the teachers believing he could be her father.
The wierd part is throughout her time being mute she has a goldfish torch that she talks to and it talks back. Wierd. But it works well to help tell the story. In the end she stands up for herself against the teachers, against her bullies and against her parents by using her voice. An uplifting ending. A message of hope and power. Beautiful.
The perfect young adult story. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.