About the BookBook: Seeing Voices
Author: Olivia Smit
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Release Date: April 15, 2020
Skylar Brady has a for her life—until a car accident changes everything.
Skylar knows exactly what she wants, and getting in a car accident the summer before twelfth grade isn’t supposed to be part of the plan. Although she escapes mostly unharmed, the accident has stolen more than just her hearing from her: she’s also lost the close bond she used to have with her brother.
When her parents decide to take a house-sitting job halfway across the province, it’s just one more thing that isn’t going according to plan. As the summer progresses, Skylar begins to gain confidence in herself, but as she tries to mend her relationship with her brother, she stumbles upon another hidden trauma. Suddenly, she’s keeping as many secrets as she’s struggling to uncover and creating more problems than she could ever hope to solve.
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Olivia Smit’s debut novel "Seeing Voices" is one that is really hard to believe is a debut novel. As always as on these tour for Celebrate Lit, I had no idea what the book was about but I am delighted to say I wholly recommend this book to all readers.
"Seeing Voices" helps me understand a little more of want my grandson James experiences, he isn't deaf in both ears, but he is in one of ears. He is only Six and I can't image not being able to express what it feels like.
This book is about so much than deafness, it is also about relationships. The author states in the More From Olivia) (at the bottom of the post) I knew it would be a story about siblings and families, pain and guilt, and also (perhaps most importantly!) togetherness and love. It definitely is that!
The characters are "Real and lovable". This is another book that makes me say "Real Life is Fiction and Fiction Is Real Life".
I will be watching for more books from her.
I received a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.
About the Author
Olivia Smit loves baking, visiting small towns, and writing stories that face hard truth with hope and encouragement. Olivia has an Honours Specialization in Creative Writing, English Language, and Literature and lives in Canada with her family. Seeing Voicesis her first novel. Learn more at https://oliviasmit.ca/
More from Olivia
Although “Seeing Voices” is not the first book I ever wrote, it is the first one that felt like it held a little piece of my heart. Skylar and her older brother, Mike, popped into my head one afternoon, both coping with the aftermath of a car accident in totally different ways. It took me ages to figure out what kind of story they belonged to, but right from the beginning I knew it would be a story about siblings and families, pain and guilt, and also (perhaps most importantly!) togetherness and love.
In so many ways, “Seeing Voices” was for me, before it was for readers. I wrote the rough draft when I was 18, fresh out of high school and still figuring out a few tricky situations within my own family. As I wrote about Skylar and Mike, I poured a lot of my own confusion and emotion into the pages, trying to make sense of my own feelings of responsibility, frustration, and ultimately, hope. Words from the book still float through my mind when I’m in certain situations, little reminders of lessons I learned once and need to hang onto with both hands.
I prayed my way through the writing process, trying (and failing) to find a story that fit with Skylar and Mike, who felt so much like real people. I prayed through querying, trusting that if God wanted this story out there in the world, He would find it a home … and if He wanted Skylar and Mike to be a story just for me, I would be okay with that, too. In so many ways this process has been a team effort, and I feel convinced that this isn’t my story, after all — it’s God’s, and I’m just doing my part to help tell it.
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To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away the grand prize package of coasters and a book sleeve!!
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