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Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier
Expected publication: September 1st 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
Goodreads Summary: Everything about Jonah is unexpected. On the first day of school, he sits next to April, when he could have chosen to sit with the popular girl. He turns down an invitation to join the school team and declares he’d rather paint. He encourages April to develop her musical talent and shrugs off the bullies that torment them.
April isn’t surprised to find herself falling for Jonah. The unexpected part is when he falls for her too.
But the giddy happiness of their first romance begins to fade when Jonah’s unpredictability begins to take a darker turn. April understands that her boyfriend is haunted by a painful memory, but his sudden mood swings worry her. She can’t explain his growing fear of cellphones, electric keyboards, and of sounds that no one else can hear. Still, no matter what happens, April is sure that she’ll always stand by him.
Until Jonah finally breaks and is committed to a psychiatric ward.
Until schizophrenia changes everything.
Though everyone urges her to let him go, April stays true to Jonah. But as the boy she adores begins to disappear in front of her, she has to face her worst fear: that her love may not be enough to save him.
Review: I was a little hesitant to read this book about schizophrenia so soon after reading and not liking another book with the same mental illness – Where the Moon Isn’t by Nathan Filer. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could not put this one down. I love th eway this was written. There were no cliches and definitely no sugar coating of the illness. So many times I’ve read books involving mental illness where the author tries to make it this huge thing that ends up being unrealistic. This book felt so real and the characters were real and relatable. If you are looking for a realistic, heart ripping story about mental illness then this is the book for you.