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Review: Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers




Book Blurb

His world is music. Her world is silent.

Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the twenty-first century—until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She’s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and the bruises are getting harder to hide.

When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she’s swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He’s a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But there’s more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali’s bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali can’t turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she’s traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace’s RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved.

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Ali is accompanying her friend Avery to a Tone Deaf concert.  She even wins the raffle for a backstage tour and a meet-n-greet with lead singer Jace.  Unfortunately Jace acts like a complete jerk when he finds out Ali is deaf.  He refuses to give the tour and Ali demands to leave.
When Ali gets home, her dad is waiting for her.  He is drunk and takes out his anger once again on her.  She will be eighteen in four months and then she will be gone.
In a surprise move Jace from Tone Deaf texts her and arranges for another tour.  He offers to pay her to do it.  She needs the money to escape so she agrees.  After the tour Jace figures out what is going on at home and offers her a way out.  She is hesitant and turns him down at first.  When she gets home, however, her dad confronts her with her college acceptance letter.  Ali realizes she has no choice if she wants to live her own life.
I didn’t know what to expect with this story.  However I was pleasantly surprised.  The characters were complex.  Most of them were dealing with tough situations.  Abuse by a parent was front and center which gave both Ali and Jace issues with touching and trust.  I really liked them together.  Once the truth was out they both knew how the other felt.  Let the healing and understanding begin.
I also liked how the author made Arrow and Killer a gay couple.  It was a positive view.  They were the role models for Jace and Ali in the love department.
The author also presented a believable situation for Ali where no one took her allegations seriously.  Her father was respected and no one wanted to believe he would do that.  So they labeled her a troubled teen.  It makes you think how often that actually happens.  It is sad when they get the courage to reach out for help but no one believes them.

There were many situations and issues that got you thinking in this book.  I liked it a lot and would recommend it to any reader.  I give it a 4.5 out of 5.




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