About the Book:
Title: SILENCE IS GOLDFISH
Author: Annabel Pitcher
Pub. Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover, eBook
My name is Tess Turner– at least, that’s what I’ve always been told.
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.
It never occurred to me that everyone else was lying too.
Fifteen-year- old Tess doesn’t mean to become mute. When she discovers that her dad
isn’t her biological father, at first she’s just too shocked to speak. But quickly she begins
to see the benefit of silence. She can protect herself from the questions she’s too afraid
to ask. It frustrates the heck out of her parents. And it also gets the attention of her
handsome Math teacher, Mr Holdsworth…
Tess sets out to discover the identity of her real father. But when trouble strikes and
everything spirals out of control, how can she ask for help when she’s forgotten how to
use her voice?
Annabel Pitcher studied English at Oxford and has since worked as a script writer and an English teacher. She lives in Yorkshire with her husband. MY SISTER LIVES ON THE MANTELPIECE was her first novel. She is a full-time writer.
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This was such a fast read, I could not put this book down once I started.
This is the story of Tess, a fifteen year old teenager, that become a mute once she realizes that the man she thought was her father is actually not her father. Tess becomes mute because she realizes that it is easier to stay silent, than to answer the tough questions she is being asked AND ask the hard questions she wants/needs to ask. Tess sets out on a quest to discover who her biological father is and hopefully discover who she is along the way.
Two words that come to mind when I think of this book are: honest and poignant. Tess is such an amazing MC, she is relateable and endearing. A reader will have a hard time not connecting with her immediately. She comes across as a true fifteen year old teenager: struggling to find her place in the world and find a way to fit in. Tess does have her moments when she is annoying, as most teenagers can be, but you still find yourself rooting for her.
This story also brought to light the highs and lows of every day family dynamics, bullying, and the people that are usually caught in the middle. It did not shy away from real topics but thankfully it did not overshadow the entire story. Tess is, in fact, bullied in school but you see how she develops into a stronger person as the story continues.
I did feel that the plot of the story was a bit rushed in some areas and certain things should have been expanded upon. The ending could have had a little more explanation as it left me with some lingering questions. Please know that these issues did not stop me from really enjoying this story.
Overall, I really enjoyed this coming of age story. It was refreshing to read. I like how more and more authors are writing stories that tackle tough topics, such as bullying and body shamming. I highly recommend this to anyone that is looking for a heart felt read.