Amber Brown spent her entire existence believing Dave was her father. When her mother reveals this is untrue, she goes through an emotional spiral with depression. It’s hard for her to believe her mother had lied to her all this time.
A move to a new home and town causes Amber to be consumed by her “darkness” and reverts to cutting to free herself from her pain.
When Casey, her new friend enters her life, she introduces Amber to parties, drugs, and Amber’s new boyfriend Landon. The secret of cutting begins to take affect on Amber as she tries to hide it from her friends and family. In the mist of everything, Amber has the desire to find out who her biological father is.
Follow Amber through her trials of depression and cutting, along with the discovery of love.
Rating: 3 stars
Genre: family drama, young adult, romance
I was always aware that due to my own circumstances, Silenced was going to be a difficult read. Depression and self harm are very personal but I was hoping I would find traits in Amber I could connect with. Although I felt empathy for her character I felt that there was too much stomping around and “my mum hates me” which made Amber sound more like a typical teenager than truly depressed, which I felt was an uncomfortable line that Raebeth McGee walked.
However, Silenced does deal with issues of self harm well and as frankly as possible, without glorifying them to the book’s YA readers.
I was disappointed by the way in which Raebeth McGee used the romance between Landon and Amber as a ‘cure’. Amber stops the majority of her self harming when they become a couple, claiming he ‘saved her’. I think this would have been an ideal opportunity for the author to step out of the stereotypes and let Amber fight a way out of the cycle herself, encouraging her female readers in the same position to do the similar thing. This is especially true for YA readers who will be self harming due to body image issues who do not have a boyfriend or feel worthy of one.
Despite my issues with the relationship between Landon and Amber the romance is well-written and tender and certainly satisfies the reader.
I enjoyed the way in which Raebeth McGee built the friendships between the two couples – the deconstruction of Casey’s character was also very clever, especially compared to Amber’s new strength.
The secondary storyline about Amber’s biological father was unfortunately overwhelmed by other events and predictable. However I look forward to seeing how this develops in the sequel.
This book should be added to your TBR because it offers an insight into an often ignored problem- which is more common than people realise.
About the author
RaeBeth McGee-Buda was born in southwestern Pennsylvania in 1987, the second daughter of Rachel Yost and Arthur Curtis McGee. RaeBeth grew up loving to read and write poetry, as well as short stories. Her childhood dream was to become a teacher. Rae Beth’s dream of writing was created in her eleventh grade literature class where writing became her passion.
RaeBeth married in August 2012 to her husband, Gregory Stephen Buda Jr. and resides in a small Pennsylvania town of Fairchance. RaeBeth is a full time mother of one and is expecting her second.
She graduated from American Intercontinental University with her associates in business administration. She enjoys spending her time writing and feels that connecting with readers is her main goal.
RaeBeth published Silenced under her maiden name but plans to continue writing under her married name with any other works.
Link to Tour on Main Site– http://raebethmcgeeswriting.blogspot.com/