WHY I READ IT
Aly Martinez has become a go-to, must read author for real, intense and fulfilling stories. You can always completely lose yourself in one of Aly’s books.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it’s the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to?
I’ve always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers who narrowly avoided foster care, I became skilled at dodging the punches life threw at me. Growing up, I didn’t have anything I could call my own, but from the moment I met Eliza Reynolds, she was always mine. I became utterly addicted to her and the escape from reality we provided each other. Throughout the years, she had boyfriends and I had girlfriends, but there wasn’t a single night that I didn’t hear her voice.
You see, meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one.
They both happened anyway.
Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.
Fighting for my career.
Fighting the impending silence.
Fighting for her.
Every night, just before falling asleep, she sighs as a final conscious breath leaves her.
I think that’s the sound I’ll miss the most.
“Meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one.“
Till Page had no idea that running from his mother would lead him to his future. Eliza Reynolds never could have thought that hiding out in an empty apartment, avoiding the family that ignored her, would lead to the only family she had ever known.
Brought together at such a young age, bonding over a non-existent childhood, Till and Eliza always had each other, but in secret. They never acknowledged each other at school, but Till had his reasons for that. After high school graduation, Till is reminded again that he will never be good enough for Eliza and he must let her go and does, but thankfully, when you’ve found your reason for breathing, the separation can’t last forever.
“Even at seventeen I knew I loved Till Page, but I didn’t have grand dreams of how perfect our lives would be together.”
This is a true friends to lovers story. Till and Eliza NEED each other in their lives. They are two halves of a whole. While Till and Eliza spend much of the book together as friends, the ultimate love and devotion they feel for each other comes alive on the page. They may be an unconventional family, with Till caring for his young brothers Flint and Quarry (who have future books in the series, thank goodness!) but it works.
“There is nothing in this world that was ever more mine than you.”
While in high school, Till gets a job and trains at On The Ropes gym, (hello Slate Andrews from Among the Echoes!) Boxing becomes as important in his life as Eliza and his family. It’s what drives him, motivates him to want more for himself and his family. When Slate talks about buying a vacation home, all Till can think about is being able to buy groceries for his family. The struggle Till, Eliza and their makeshift family face every day is real, difficult and stressful, but at the same time, it’s beautiful.
“One day, I was going to buy that woman everything she wanted. I didn’t know when or how, I just knew that, one way or another, it would be done.”
Fighting Silence features a very different type of hero. Till is not rich, he has nothing to offer Eliza but himself, but damn, if that isn’t more than enough for her. There is nothing cut and dry about this romance. Till wants the fantasy, thinking that if he gives into believing he can have a girl like Eliza, his fantasy will implode and he will lose Eliza and the comfort, security, and love that comes with her. Eliza wants the reality. She wants the boy she has loved in one way or another since she was thirteen to man up. It’s time to put up or shut up, and Eliza is going to do what she needs to get want she wants, even if it means pushing Till away.
“The fantasy’s over. Let me know when you’re ready to use the door.”
Looming in the background are rival fighters, the prospect of a professional boxing career, shady characters from the past, and the little problem of Till slowly losing his hearing. Fighting Silence beautifully packs all this and more into it, and it is just outstanding. I was riveted from page one and once I hit about 60%, I knew it was going to be an all nighter. This story was real, powerful, and is a DO NOT MISS!
“I was okay. She was okay. We were okay. Nothing else matters.”