The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet By Charity Tahmaseb

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Ive read the fine art of keeping quiet ,, mmm well it wasnt a enjoyable read i guess if you want to waste your time this was okay i guess ,, i gave it 2.5 out of 5 9780692223741 i think i would have enjoyed this more if i didn't find the romeo and juliet references cheesy and overused. i mean come on! did the author really have to name the main character JOLIA?! and the romeo reference for sam. ugh! i dont know how may times i rolled my eyes because of those; it almost made me file this book under DNF. nonetheless, it was a quick read (yay for my reading challenge!) and i wouldn't mind checking out the author's other works if i need some light reading material. 9780692223741 This had many of the elements of contemporary YA literature that I dislike: the pretty girl who doesn't know she's pretty, the boy who solves her problems and gives her her confidence back, all the girls outside the main character's circle were horrible, etc. (Well, so was her best friend. That girl should have taken long walk off a very short pier. She was horrible, but forgiven without even apologizing and I was angered by it more than the other mean girls.)

Despite having plenty of elements I disliked, it was also smart and witty, had a clean narrative voice and relatable high school experience. All of which I enjoyed. Additionally, Ashley Klanac did a good job with the audiobook narration. So, end the end I enjoyed listening to The Fie Art of Keeping Quiet, even if I sneered at certain bits of it. 9780692223741 לג'וליה יש בעיה. היא לא מסוגלת לאמר את הדברים שעל ליבה. היא לא מסוגלת לבטא את עצמה. והיא עומדת להיכשל בקורס ולהרוס את עתידה.

ג'וליה נדרשת להצטרף לקבוצה שמתחרה בנאומים בכדי לעבור את הקורס. מהלך שישנה את חייה.

ספר מצויין, החל משם הכותר, שם יחודי ומפתה לקרוא וכלה בעלילה, שמטפלת ברגישות במכשלות גיל הבגרות. ספר על אוהבי ספרים. על קשיים חברתיים וההתמודדות איתם. על דימוי עצמי וההתמודדות איתו. על נאמנות לעצמך ולחברים שלך. על גבולות ועל חוט שידרה. בקיצור אהבתי. 9780692223741 This was a gentle, fluffy read. It was a very nice break from some of the other books I've been reading. Read for the category a book set during the current season (winter). Read More! 2019 Reading Challenge. 9780692223741

I received a free copy of a box set with this book in exchange for an honest review.

Sophomore Jolia does the one thing no one expects from the girl who has perfected the art of keeping quiet. She joins the speech team. She keeps her reasons to herself, though. The trouble is, her secrets soon hurt those around her, and she'll have to find the right words. Can she do it? This is a YA novel that looks at self-confidence issues, as well as honesty and betrayal. I can well see why this book won 1st Place in the 2015 International Digital Awards, Young Adult Novel category. This, by far and away, is the best story in the whole box set. After reading the preceding book in the set, I felt ready to give up the will to live, and then I met Jolia Cuppernull and her pals. I felt connected to the main character by the second page. The characterisation is complex and flawless, as is the scene setting, plot, and pacing. I shall be seeking out more from author Charity Tahmaseb. This book gets a resounding 5 out of 5 stars from me. 9780692223741 A brilliant work. Moving, relatable, entertaining, thought-provoking. Beautiful. Charity Tahmaseb: I wish your book had existed when I was fifteen.

With that said, I think The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet can (and should) appeal to a wide audience, even to people like this particular reader who, for the most part, stopped being a young adult fiction reader after her young adult years ended, if not before. Granted, I do still write about young people, and there are plenty of high schooler moments in Keeping Quiet to remind me that Jolia and her peers are indeed high schoolers, but the essential question raised in the novel is so universal: what happened to your voice, dear human, and how are you going to bring it back?

I appreciated the dry humor in much of Jolia's narration, which is also full of many other nuggets that gave me pause. Honestly, what does humiliation sound like? Jolia shows us how we focus so much on our defects, real or imagined, past or present, until we've turned them into something they're not. I also found the progression of the friendship and romance dynamics in the story engaging, and Tahmaseb unfolds the storyline with a deft hand.

In the face of failure, embarrassment, insecurity, or what have you, there's hope. This novel, for its brilliance, has earned a spot on my list of all-time favorites.
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 9780692223741 When Jolia is failing her speech class, due to her shyness and anxiety of speaking, she is forced to join the speech team. This forces her to face her fears of public speaking and make new friends along the way. It even gives her a chance to find love.

This was an okay read, nothing special. A lot of the story is Jolia at speech tournaments and facing her fears of public speaking and really speaking in general. I believe it does have a nice message of facing your fears and overcoming them. This is a story that I can see a number of people connecting with in one way or another, but for me, I didn't connect with it.

The writing was alright, but there were tropes in throughout it that I didn't like. It did feel like Sam, her love interest, fixed her by giving her the confidence to give the speeches and girls were mean to each other for no reason than to be mean. Those tropes took away from the story for me.

Overall, it was a mediocre read with a romance that I didn't feel. It's a quick easy read, but unfortunately falls under the all too forgettable. 9780692223741 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. 9780692223741 Thoroughly charming and age-appropriate YA book. Our protagonist is Jolia, a shy junior in high school. She was bullied for her bad teeth and braces, and reacted by simply keeping her mouth closed and fading into the background. Now her braces are off, but she has a fear of speaking so strong that it is causing her to fail Speech class. She has to fix her grade and get past it or she no only won't graduate - but she won;t be able to take the elective art class with her best friend. Forced into joining the Speech team for extra credit, Jolia faces her fears of speaking in public, joining a new social group, weathering her only friend's new obsession with a boyfriend, and maybe even a chance at first love herself.

The writing is fine and lovely in this book - achingly familiar, emotional, and realistic. The first romance is awkward and breathless as I remember it being. Jolia is unable to speak her mind a few times too many, but I also know that feeling that there are some things that I just could not bear to say back when I was young. I'd have loved this book in middle school. Jolia's triumph of finding her voice and her confidence was heartwarming. 9780692223741

Sometimes staying silent is the biggest lie of all.

Sophomore Jolia does the one thing no one expects from the girl who has perfected the art of keeping quiet.

She joins the speech team.

Jolia can’t confess the real reason–not to her best friend, her new teammates, or even to crush-worthy rival Sam who offers to coach her in secret.

Keeping quiet might be the easy way out, but when what Jolia doesn’t say starts to hurt those around her, it might just cost her a best friend, her spot on the team, and even Sam.

But she isn’t the only one with a secret. It’s going to take words–her words–to make things right.

If only Jolia can find them. The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet

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