Review: The Quiet You Carry
Victoria Parker knew her dad's behavior toward her was a little unusual, but she convinced herself everything was fine—until she found herself locked out of the house at 3:00 a.m., surrounded by flashing police lights.
Now, dumped into a crowded, chaotic foster home, Victoria has to tiptoe around her domineering foster mother, get through senior year at a new school, and somehow salvage her college dreams . . . all while keeping her past hidden.
But some secrets won't stay buried—especially when unwanted memories make Victoria freeze up at random moments and nightmares disrupt her sleep. Even worse, she can't stop worrying about her stepsister Sarah, left behind with her father. All she wants is to move forward, but how do you focus on the future when the past won't leave you alone?
This book was so full of emotion and pure pain - mental, physical and emotional - that I couldn’t help but feel what Victoria, the protagonist, felt. At first, I was unsure of how she’d cope with it all and of course, she resorted to self-blame and denial but once she realized that what she did or didn’t do would help or harm the people around her, she had so much growth as a character. I was proud of her in the end. I also loved Kale and the humor but self-assurance and comfort he brought not only to Victoria but to the reader itself.
This was a great lesson in empathy and I’m really happy that YA books are started to be a little bit riskier and raw by tackling such dark yet REAL LIFE topics like this.
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.