your voice is all i hear by leah scheier (tw: mental illness)
overall rating: 3.3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
character development: 3.5/5
genre: YA, contemporary, romance
April won’t let Jonah go without a fight.
He’s her boyfriend—her best friend. She’ll do anything to keep him safe. But as Jonah slips into a dark depression, trying to escape the traumatic past that haunts him, April is torn. To protect Jonah, she risks losing everything: family, friends, an opportunity to attend a prestigious music school. How much must she sacrifice? And will her voice be loud enough to drown out the dissenters—and the ones in his head?
*i received this book from netgalley in return for an honest review.*
funny story—i requested this book thinking it was a different book with a similar title. however, the synopsis sounded interesting enough, so i decided to give it a try. unfortunately, i was pretty disappointed.
the characters didn’t really appeal to me, and i thought the main character, april, was somewhat annoying. i also felt that the book really lacked character development. if it had been longer, the characters definitely could have grown more, but i felt that they stayed more or less the same throughout the story. however, i did like the family aspect of the book, since jonas’s family members are supportive in a realistic way. even though they aren’t quite sure how to help jonas, they do what they can to help him deal with his thoughts.
the plot was one of the few redeeming factors for this book in my opinion. it moved quickly without being rushed and kept my attention on the story. if the story had been slower, i think i would’ve lost interest quickly.
i wasn’t a huge fan of the writing style. i can’t really explain why, but i just didn’t like the language scheier used.
the romance was also unsatisfying. again, there was a lack of development, and april and jonas’s relationship felt very insta-lovey.
finally, this book deals with mental illness, specifically schizophrenia. the way schizophrenia is portrayed is very straightforward, almost brutal. it’s realisic, and scheier doesn’t hide the details. however, i didn’t like how the schizophrenia was “resolved”—it felt too magical to me. the ending was also very unsatisfying.
overall, i did not particularly enjoy your voice is all i hear, but i think it is a book that offers an interesting perspective on mental illness.
have you read this? what did you think?