Tone Deaf by Olivia RiversTone Deaf by Olivia Rivers

Tone Deaf

byOlivia Rivers

Hardcover | May 3, 2016

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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.
Olivia Rivers is a hybrid author with a passion for young adult fiction. As a certified geek, she enjoys experimenting with new publishing technologies, and her online serials have received more than one million hits on When she’s not writing, Rivers works as a freelance digital artist and assists at a literary agency. She...
Title:Tone DeafFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.3 inPublished:May 3, 2016Publisher:Sky PonyLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Easy Read that Dealt with Difficult Issues When I first requested Tone Deaf, I didn't think too much of it. It sounded like the type of contemporary reads I usually enjoy. As I got around to reading it, I realize this book is more than just a cutesy love story. Surprisingly it dealt with some difficult subjects. Ali's life literally went from being in heaven one moment to stranded in hell in the blink of an eye- a music prodigy to an abused deaf girl. After the death of her mother, she goes to live with her father who did not care for her at all. I could really feel the desolation from Ali's thoughts and actions. When the perfect opportunity to escape pops up, she hesitates to take it. But when her father denies her her dream, she snaps and goes for it. I admire her courage. It took a lot of self- convincing for her to commit to running away early (she was just a few months shy of legal independency). It was also hard to see Ali's reaction to being in a foreign surrounding but I'm so glad she found comfort and safety. In the most unexpected place too. Jace was every bit the tortured soul. I didn't approve of some of his words and actions but as we got to know him, I could understand where it all came from. It made me sad to hear about his past and how it's shaped him into who he is. Thankfully he's away from it all now and is surrounded by kind and caring people. The romance in Tone Deaf was too convenient for me. I would've thought it would take Ali and Jace a little more time to fall in love. It almost seemed like they fell for each other because they were in such close proximity and saw each other everyday. Don't get me wrong, I really loved the connection they made through their sarcastic retorts and musical talent but it was fast. In my opinion, Killer and Arrow was the ultimate ship ;) I'm also a little dumbfounded by the timeline of the story. I couldn't wrap my head around how everything happened in such a short span of time. The story was suppose to take place during the band's nationwide tour but it only went two(?) stops before shit hit the can. (Please excuse the language but that's literally what happened.) Granted there was an unplanned stop but that worked out. The short timeline really weighed down the plausibly of the story for me. Similar to the romance I found the solution to Ali's problem to be too easy. I mean I get that some people need a little push but people definitely could've stepped forward a lot sooner. It was logical but too rushed for me to taste the victory. Tone Deaf surprised me in a really good way. Even though I realize the chance of this story ever really happening in real life is slim, I couldn't help but love the book. I am definitely happy with the curve Tone Deaf threw at me and how the story turned out.
Date published: 2016-05-05

Editorial Reviews

“A smart, sexy, and fast-paced story with a swoon-worthy love interest. Tone Deaf will be music to your ears.” —Jessica Taylor, author of Wandering Wild“Much like its hero, Tone Deaf’s flashy, rock-star exterior surrounds a sweet, vulnerable soul that made it impossible to put down. It is equal parts fun and touching, with a dash of humor and lot of heart. The friendships, as well as the romance, have intense, believable chemistry, and with a giant pitbull named Cuddles thrown in the mix, I was in love!” —Laura Lee Anderson, author of Song of Summer“Tone Deaf is everything that’s best about YA writing—a strong story, well-defined characters we can care about with distinct voices, and the writing is like walking into Hemingway’s well-lighted room. . . . Tone Deaf’s characters will stay with me for a long time.” —Douglas Rees, award-winning author of Vampire High“Olivia Rivers has hit all the right notes with Tone Deaf.” —A. R. Kahler, author of Pale Queen Rising and Shades of Darkness“The portrayal of Ali as Deaf is authentic and modern. She loves rock concerts for the vibrations and sensory pull of the crowd. She prefers to sign but exasperatedly reads the lips of people who talk fast or turn away as they talk. As Ali, Jace, and the band tour amid Amber alerts, surprising emotional connections are painfully forged and will resonate with young survivors of abuse, especially as Ali takes small steps toward recovery. VERDICT This gripping tale of survival has great appeal due to the parallel boy/girl narrative structure, the portrayal of a Deaf character at home in the realm of music and songwriting, and the overall pop culture tenor.” –School Library Journal