White As Silence, Red As Song: A Novel by Alessandro D'aveniaWhite As Silence, Red As Song: A Novel by Alessandro D'avenia

White As Silence, Red As Song: A Novel

byAlessandro D'avenia

Hardcover | September 4, 2018

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Hailed as Italy’s The Fault in Our Stars, this Italian bestseller is now available for the first time in English.

“I was born on the first day of school, and I grew up and old in just two hundred days . . .”

Sixteen-year-old Leo has a way with words, but he doesn’t know it yet. He spends his time texting, polishing soccer maneuvers, and killing time with Niko and Silvia. Until a new teacher arrives and challenges him to give voice to his dreams.

And so Leo is inspired to win over the red-haired beauty Beatrice. She doesn’t know Leo exists, but he’s convinced that his dream will come true. When Leo lands in the hospital and learns that Beatrice has been admitted too, his mission to be there for her will send him on a thrilling but heartbreaking journey. He wants to help her but doesn’t know how—and his dream of love will force him to grow up fast.

Having already sold over a million copies, Alessandro D’Avenia’s debut novel is considered Italy’s The Fault in Our Stars. Now available in English for the first time, this rich, funny, and heartwarming coming-of-age tale asks us to explore the meaning—and the cost—of friendship, and shows us what happens when suffering bursts into the world of teenagers and renders the world of adults speechless.

Alessandro D’Avenia holds a PhD in Classical Literature, and teaches Ancient Greek, Latin and Literature at a high school in Milan. White as Silence, Red as Song was his first novel,published in Italy in 2010. It sold a million copies in Italy, has been translated into over twenty languages and was released as a film in 2012. Alessandr...
Title:White As Silence, Red As Song: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.7 × 5.8 × 0.99 inPublished:September 4, 2018Publisher:Thomas NelsonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0785217061

ISBN - 13:9780785217060

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A heartwarming story of love, and reaching for your dreams This was a heart warming story of a young man in high school and how he falls in love with a girl who is diagnosed with Leukemia. I found it refreshing to read about young love and the many trials and tribulations that come along with being a typical teenager. I felt many emotions while reading this book. Some parts made me laugh, some parts made me happy, and some parts made me feel sad. The main character Leo has quite a way with words and was easy to like as a character in the book. I enjoyed reading about his daily life, his thought process and the way he thinks. He has quite the imagination and is a typical teenager. It was interesting to see the world through his eyes and the way he interprets it in various colours. White is silent and boring. Leo doesn't want to be white or boring. Blue is the colour of friendship and this is how he sees all of his friends, including Silvia - one of his closest female friends. Red is the colour of love and this is the colour he sees when he looks at Beatrice, the woman he loves. This book was quite interesting and it makes you think deeply. It was a wonderful book to read and I enjoyed it from beginning to the very end. It is a story of setting hopes, goals and dreams and then working to attain those. White as Silence, Red as Song is a great story of love, friendship, heartache, and chasing your dreams in an attempt to make them come true.
Date published: 2018-09-14

Editorial Reviews

'This is a beautifully written meditation on the importance of dreams and the power of every kind of love -- first, unrequited, and lifelong. Leo's literally colorful worldview, seeing things in shades of white and red, grounds the narrative, which often twists and turns around larger-than-life myths and philosophy. D'Avenia has crafted a truly unique and authentic teen voice, easily moving from the banality of PlayStation battles to the profundity of true love. Translated from the Italian, this affecting debut is a sweet love story unafraid to tackle big questions.'