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A beautiful young adult novel about friendship and developing self confidence. <br/><br/>Jolia's self confidence plummeted when she got braces and was bullied at school. Now that her braces are off, she is still doesn't believe in herself and has a phobia of public speaking. This is causing her to fail the oral presentation section of her classes. The best way for her to pick up her grades is to join the Speech Club. <br/><br/>I found Jolia very relatable, as I also had braces at her age, was bullied and was quite shy. The narrator was well spoken and easy to listen to.<br/><br/>I recieved this book free in exchange for an honest review.<br/>
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The Art of Keeping Quiet is a young adult contemporary novel with a ton of heart! Confession time, I have both generalized and social anxiety and I had to take a speech class in college. Every week I'd basically want to curl up and die, it even felt like I was pretty close to a heart attack a few times. The only thing that saved me from freezing up was the overwhelming need to get back to my seat and away from the video camera. So while the situation is a bit different from mine, the entire premise (forgive my pun) spoke to me. I hadn't even started yet, and I already felt like I simple 'got' Jolia
We are treated to a story that is not only well written, but very relatable and full of characters worth rooting for. Jolia is a girl with many passions like writing and playing the violin, but speaking is not one of them. On the outside she's become soft spoken, ruled by fear, and a bit of doormat...but on the inside she's full of fire. She has comebacks she never has the courage to say, she wants to speak up when her friend takes advantage, and she wants desperately to pass speech class...but her voice and her confidence seems to desert her. Her story isn't just about learning to speak up and move forward with confidence it's also about bullying, friendships, and honesty. It's nice to see a YA contemporary that just speaks to you on a normal level; where it's easy to see the past you dealing with the same obstacles. And then there is Sam! He's such a sweet and awesome guy, he has his own issues of course but he's genuinely there for Jolia even when he doesn't need to be. It goes without saying that everyone needs that one person who pushes them to become better and achieve their goals, and Sam is that person for Jolia.
It's not really a secret that I'm a tad picky with my narrators, I tend to listen to a sample three or so times before committing to a review or purchasing. I mean I have to listen to it for hours. I didn't even listen to the full sample before I knew I had to listen to this one. While she may not be the best narrator out there, Ashley Klanac's reading of The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet is excellent. She has a voice that's easy to listen to and easy to enjoy, and to top it off she adds some real individuality to each voice she does.
In short The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet was an excellent read. In between all the fantasy and science fiction it's nice to unwind with a light YA contemporary, and just let yourself get swept up in a good story.
I received this audio book for free in exchange for an honest review.
What a lovely coming of age book this was, I'm so glad I clicked the button to read this and not skip over it!
Jolia is a young girl that used to have braces, she doesn't have them anymore but that doesn't stop her from being so paranoid about her "donkey teeth" and the whispers and laughing behind her back.
She is so timid that she stops talking, not completely but to stand in front of her class and talk publicly is her worst nightmare!
She is failing in her speech classes because of this, so her teacher gets the bright idea to put her slap bang into a speech team!
The thing is Jolia is so embarrassed about failing her class that she cannot tell anyone, not even her best friend why, so she goes with it and steps in front of the audience!!
This was such a nice story, I really felt for Jolia, and a lot of the characters were very relatable, I mean didn't everyone have a friend that used to drop you as soon as a boy came on the scene?
Narration for the characters were spot on, I was never wondering who was talking or correcting words or phrases in my head while I was listening to the story.
A solid 4☆ listen!