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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michelle (In Libris Veritas)

    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 prem 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    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 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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nadine Keels

    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 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. ________________ I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Holly Booms Walsh

    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 j 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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Harmony Kent

    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 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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Forsythe

    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 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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    jade

    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. 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Liza

    I'm from a different country and older. I've never heard of "speech class" or "speech competitions". Giving the same speech week after week at competition seems strange. Nevertheless, it was a good story that helped Jolia overcome her fear of public (any) speaking that she had developed when she got braces. She's used and abused by her best friend (who has a secret boyfriend) and has to slowly work through all her issues. It's all about being a teenager. I'm from a different country and older. I've never heard of "speech class" or "speech competitions". Giving the same speech week after week at competition seems strange. Nevertheless, it was a good story that helped Jolia overcome her fear of public (any) speaking that she had developed when she got braces. She's used and abused by her best friend (who has a secret boyfriend) and has to slowly work through all her issues. It's all about being a teenager.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    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. 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    A perfect breezy contemporary that was very cute and held a place close to my heart.ni too was terrified in Speech class but did NOT join the speech team. An excellent read

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rmsooon

    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 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

  12. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Cute.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    3.5 stars Cute read will buy more books of this author

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shanti

    The characters in this book were adorable, I loved their evolution, and the themes this story dealt with was awesome. The only thing that I found that it was a little bit ridiculous, especially towards the end (view spoiler)[ Look, they got suspended for hacking? After doing it all year? Really? And the climax was just that Jolia had her script stolen. And what was with the fake girlfriend? Honestly that made no sense. (hide spoiler)] I really loved Jolia as a character. She is totally an introv The characters in this book were adorable, I loved their evolution, and the themes this story dealt with was awesome. The only thing that I found that it was a little bit ridiculous, especially towards the end (view spoiler)[ Look, they got suspended for hacking? After doing it all year? Really? And the climax was just that Jolia had her script stolen. And what was with the fake girlfriend? Honestly that made no sense. (hide spoiler)] I really loved Jolia as a character. She is totally an introvert, and I saw a lot of myself in her- likes reading check, plays in an orchestra, check, likes knitting, check. Her friendships were also believeable, though her friend Caro was a bit annoying. She is very shy and definitely lets herself get pushed around. I did wonder why she never practiced violin… but anyway, that was alright. Her relationships with the speech team members and Romero really defined her, and I loved how she developed and got more courage as the book progressed. Her reason for being quiet- buck teeth- was kind of dumb, but that’s okay because I loved seeing her journey. In fact, seeing how she began to embrace speech made me want to join (Just sayin’) I loved that she learnt how to face up to her fears. We see this in the scene with the rink rats. Her relationship with Romero was superbly written, and I especially enjoyed the ending, because that is so true to how high school is. As she became more brave, Jolia was more interesting, and I just loved her for her reality. So this book is a retelling/ has clear parallels to Romeo and Juliet. It was sort of stupid- speech team rivalry isn’t as big of a deal as sports teams even- but I was able to take it seriously because the characters di too. So there was a bit of a love story, but it was in the background mostly. The plot sort of fluctuates (like a sine wave) with the rhythm of the tournaments and the time in between. It kept moving, and I was always interested, so that’s good. Charity Tahmaseb (who has an awesome last name) has this grounded, precise prose, and I could be immersed in Jolia’s reality without ever being bogged down in the details. There was humor- boy I liked Jeremy- and it was entertaining, mostly because Jolia’s story was so appealing. Like most ‘teenager books’ this novel focussed a lot on themes ofcourage, discovering what you believe in and who you truly are. That’s average, but it was done pretty well, so I don’t mind. I liked how Jolia- and even Tory, Ryan, Sam’s and Caro’s journeys were told as they learnt not to take each other at face value. This book really promoted the idea that everyone has a story, and you just have to find the courage to tell that story. These themes lent a depth to the story that prevents it from being totally light. In conclusion, if you want to support an awesome indie author, love well written characters and an engaging plot and don’t mind a bit of melodrama (of the excessive high school variety) then this book is for you.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gaele

    AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 Jolia is a sophomore in high school: for much of her life she’s avoided speaking because of an insecurity about her looks. While intelligent, possessed of a great sense of humor and a vast list of interests, she’s typical of many of her age: worried about the thoughts of others allowing it to affect her in ways that impact her friendships, her openness and her confidence. When a failing grade presents and option to join the Speech and Debate AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 Jolia is a sophomore in high school: for much of her life she’s avoided speaking because of an insecurity about her looks. While intelligent, possessed of a great sense of humor and a vast list of interests, she’s typical of many of her age: worried about the thoughts of others allowing it to affect her in ways that impact her friendships, her openness and her confidence. When a failing grade presents and option to join the Speech and Debate team, Jolia’s worst fears are coming to life: speaking in public, Even more troubling, she can’t share the reasons for this change to anyone: not her friends, not even the object of her crush, Sam, a member of another school’s team. The ‘saying nothing’ holds strongly through Jolia’s life: she doesn’t want to cause waves, so she usually remains quiet and watchful. The push to join the Speech and Debate team to improve her failing grade in speech class, becomes the path Jolia will travel to find her voice and solidify her own sense of self. Solid prose and a strong arc for the story trajectory solidly support the engaging and well written point of view for Jolia: her rich internal life, her thought processes and observations on the various students, their relationships, behaviors and interactions Jolia’s friends are all presented, both pre- and post- Speech team, and the solid feel of being in the mix of Jolia during her day. A few twists and big reveals turn out to be so much less important than Jolia feared early on, and she does discover that silence is golden, but that the choice to provide support through silence, or simply avoiding issues by not speaking are two very different things, and she learns to speak up and out based on those differences. Narration for this story is provided by Ashley Klanac and her voice for Jolia is solid and completely engaging. While she manages to insert the tones, emotional overlay and small variations to immediacy or hesitancy that were fully indicated by the text and situation. Each new character introduced was placed with care, their voices noticeably different without running into issues with over-emoting or sounding just ‘too’ caricature, despite some particularly clownish behaviors. A lovely story that tackles the issue of facing your fears and learning more than expected along the way. A touch of a sweetly developed romance, plenty of interactions and social commentary and a well-defined growth arc for the main character, this is a story to please many and will speak to teens and tweens alike. I received an AudioBook copy of the title via AudioBook Blast for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joood Hooligan

    I was given an audio copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. To be honest, I wasn't sure what I'd think of this book. I recently subscribed to an audiobook list that sends out audible review requests once a week. There was nothing else on the list I was really interested in, so I applied on a whim. The next day I found out I had been given an audible code in exchange for the review. A week or so goes by, and I decide it's time to actually give it a listen. I really have no expectations I was given an audio copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. To be honest, I wasn't sure what I'd think of this book. I recently subscribed to an audiobook list that sends out audible review requests once a week. There was nothing else on the list I was really interested in, so I applied on a whim. The next day I found out I had been given an audible code in exchange for the review. A week or so goes by, and I decide it's time to actually give it a listen. I really have no expectations for it. I've never heard of the author and there aren't many reviews on either amazon or goodreads. To say this story surprised me would be an understatement. The entire time I'm listening to it, I'm either yelling at it for someone's insolence, laughing because of some hilarity, or face palming because of how often something huge was not dealt with properly as the characters thought they could handle it on their own. I finished this one in a day. Instead of sleeping. I had to go find headphones so I could listen to it after everyone was asleep. ... I hate headphones. That's how much I NEEDED to finish this one. Also, and this is a very important thing. The author is totally a Whovian. She mentions it several times! The first time, Jolia is wearing a Doctor Who shirt with pajama pants. Which happens to be EXACTLY what I was wearing at the time. I plan on checking out more stories from Charity Tahmaseb after this one.I really enjoyed how real this story was. Also, it made me miss speech class. Which I only took for one summer semester back when I was 13 or so... but I loved it! (I spent the entire summer talking in an accent and managed to convince the entire class that I was from England...) Ah, and Ashley Klanac, the narrator, I was pleased with her as well. Quite interested in checking out more of her narrations. She's done a few other books that I'm interested in. Highly recommend The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet. Read it immediately! 5/5 Platypires http://www.platypire.com/j-hooligan/t...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Charity

    Finally a YA book where life as a teenager is relatable to how I remember it being! It seems today's more popular YA books depict teenagers living extravagant lifestyles where no one has a job and yet they all have an endless supply of money, alcohol, nice cars, and no rules to live by. I'm always screaming in my head "Where are the parents?!?!" This book is refreshing in that it is the story of high school students who have involved parents, they have to ride the bus or be picked up by a parent Finally a YA book where life as a teenager is relatable to how I remember it being! It seems today's more popular YA books depict teenagers living extravagant lifestyles where no one has a job and yet they all have an endless supply of money, alcohol, nice cars, and no rules to live by. I'm always screaming in my head "Where are the parents?!?!" This book is refreshing in that it is the story of high school students who have involved parents, they have to ride the bus or be picked up by a parent, they get grounded, and so many other things that I suffered through as a teenager. The plot of the story revolves around the main character, Jolia, unwillingly joining the speech team and the struggles she faces due to deep-seated (and unmerited) self-image issues. Luckily, her friend Sam is there to help her develop her public speaking skills, but he attends a different high school and so he is actually the competition. Thus, Jolia and Sam must meet in secret to practice, sneak around at competitions, and covertly text each other. Another spoke in this wheel is Jolia's best friend, Caro, who has an overprotective mother which results in Caro having to lie to her in order to attend even the tamest of social functions - and heaven forbid that her mom find out about her new boyfriend, Jeremy. Quite a few times Jolia finds herself in situations where she has to decide between Sam or Caro. Been there - done that. All in all, this was an enjoyable story with a sugar-coated ending. My rating: 3.5 Stars ________________ I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    V_Nerdbooks

    Book: The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet Genre: YA Type: Audiobook. Book rating: ☆☆☆☆ Narration rating: ☆☆☆☆ Review I received this audio book for free in exchange for an honest review. What a lovely coming of age book this was, I'm so glad I clicked the button to read this and not skip over it! Jolia is a young girl that used to have braces, she doesn't have them anymore but that doesn't stop her from being so paranoid about her "donkey teeth" and the whispers and laughing behind her back. She is so t Book: The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet Genre: YA Type: Audiobook. Book rating: ☆☆☆☆ Narration rating: ☆☆☆☆ Review I received this audio book for free in exchange for an honest review. What a lovely coming of age book this was, I'm so glad I clicked the button to read this and not skip over it! Jolia is a young girl that used to have braces, she doesn't have them anymore but that doesn't stop her from being so paranoid about her "donkey teeth" and the whispers and laughing behind her back. She is so timid that she stops talking, not completely but to stand in front of her class and talk publicly is her worst nightmare! She is failing in her speech classes because of this, so her teacher gets the bright idea to put her slap bang into a speech team! The thing is Jolia is so embarrassed about failing her class that she cannot tell anyone, not even her best friend why, so she goes with it and steps in front of the audience!! This was such a nice story, I really felt for Jolia, and a lot of the characters were very relatable, I mean didn't everyone have a friend that used to drop you as soon as a boy came on the scene? Narration for the characters were spot on, I was never wondering who was talking or correcting words or phrases in my head while I was listening to the story. A solid 4☆ listen!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marla Josephs

    I really enjoyed this book. It's a YA book about a girl who doesn't like pubic speaking having to join a speech club to save her grade. Sounds boring right?. But, it so wasn't. I listened to the sample and that sold me on giving it a try. It was a well written, well performed, wonderful little story. I'm so glad I took a chance on this book. The characters were relatable as was her fear of public speaking. This has got to be one of the most dreaded requirements for many students in high school a I really enjoyed this book. It's a YA book about a girl who doesn't like pubic speaking having to join a speech club to save her grade. Sounds boring right?. But, it so wasn't. I listened to the sample and that sold me on giving it a try. It was a well written, well performed, wonderful little story. I'm so glad I took a chance on this book. The characters were relatable as was her fear of public speaking. This has got to be one of the most dreaded requirements for many students in high school and college. Reasons my be different, but the distaste for it is the same. At times I didn't understand why Jolia went to such lengths for her friend. And, I didn't understand why she just didn't tell Sam what was going on so he wouldn't wonder and risk losing him. But, it wasn't a distraction. The things we do for our friends. The speech tournaments were quite interesting. And, I just loved Sam's character. What a sweetie! Overall, just a wonderful listen. The narrator, Ashley Klanac did a great job. She is also new to me. Her characters were well performed, believable and she just pulled you into the story. This book was an ARC from the author. And, I'm so glad I agreed to give this one a try. I normally don't care for YA. Kid-lit, yes. But YA, no. But, this was great. I look forward to more from this author. YA at its best.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet is a young adult read about a girl in high school that is always keeping quiet. When she knows the truth about something, she remains quiet. When the truth will make everything all right again, she remains quiet. When her best friend sets her up, Jolia still remains quiet. Jolia is on the speech team in school. Jolia is so good at keeping quiet about things she should tell someone about, that it just is a habit with her. Jolia doesn't like to make waves. This story The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet is a young adult read about a girl in high school that is always keeping quiet. When she knows the truth about something, she remains quiet. When the truth will make everything all right again, she remains quiet. When her best friend sets her up, Jolia still remains quiet. Jolia is on the speech team in school. Jolia is so good at keeping quiet about things she should tell someone about, that it just is a habit with her. Jolia doesn't like to make waves. This story is about the life of a young school girl and her trouble with others. She always takes the higher road. In the end, people can see the truth without her saying a word. Sometimes, keeping quiet is the best route to take. This is a well written YA story by author Carity Tahmaseb. Excellent plot and a great story for high school kids with a lesson worth learning. The narrator, Ashley Klanac does a good job delivering this story to us with lots of emotion, multiple voices and accents. Definitely worth reading.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shell

    "Speech Team Reality TV" The story was well paced, thoughtful and made me laugh in several spots. It reminded me of high school and all the drama involved. It was a unique perspective of someone who has a phobia about public speaking being on the high school speech team. After reading, I need to revisit several novels mentioned in the story, just to re-experience them. :) The story had some minor movement issues in the flow, as perhaps it needed to be fleshed out a bit more, especially at the end "Speech Team Reality TV" The story was well paced, thoughtful and made me laugh in several spots. It reminded me of high school and all the drama involved. It was a unique perspective of someone who has a phobia about public speaking being on the high school speech team. After reading, I need to revisit several novels mentioned in the story, just to re-experience them. :) The story had some minor movement issues in the flow, as perhaps it needed to be fleshed out a bit more, especially at the end, but overall it was a sweet, funny read. I'm looking forward to other titles by the author. This was a listen for me rather than a read. I'm delighted by Ms. Klanac's performance. Both her male & female voices were distinct from each other and well done. :) She will be a performer to keep an eye on! This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Petra

    A charming young adult novel about friendship, bullying, developing self-confidence and finding your voice. Jolia who is fearful of public speaking is forced to join the speech team in order to get the grade she requires. The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet is a well written, heart warming story with some sweet, first love romance that many teenagers will be able to relate to. Well paced, with some great humor and thoughtful, realistic observations on growing up. The narration by Ashley Klanac was very A charming young adult novel about friendship, bullying, developing self-confidence and finding your voice. Jolia who is fearful of public speaking is forced to join the speech team in order to get the grade she requires. The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet is a well written, heart warming story with some sweet, first love romance that many teenagers will be able to relate to. Well paced, with some great humor and thoughtful, realistic observations on growing up. The narration by Ashley Klanac was very well done. Voices used for the different characters were easily distinguishable and her pace and intonation excellent. A solid 4 star listen! This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lyra

    This is a gem of a young adult book and one I will not hesitate to share with my daughter and her friends. Jolia is a relatable heroine with self-esteem issues. Her faults are obvious to her, but through her interactions with others, it becomes clear that others don't see her the same way she sees herself. This message resonated with me and I'm sure that many other readers, male or female, can relate. In order to keep her grades up, Jolia must join the speech team, something unthinkable to the y This is a gem of a young adult book and one I will not hesitate to share with my daughter and her friends. Jolia is a relatable heroine with self-esteem issues. Her faults are obvious to her, but through her interactions with others, it becomes clear that others don't see her the same way she sees herself. This message resonated with me and I'm sure that many other readers, male or female, can relate. In order to keep her grades up, Jolia must join the speech team, something unthinkable to the young woman who is terrified to speak up in class. Her journey includes not just personal discovery, but the author also reveals keen insight into friendships, rivalries, bullying and the thrill of becoming who you are meant to be.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    A beautiful young adult novel about friendship and developing self confidence. Jolia's self confidence plummeted when she got braces and was bullied at school. Now that her braces are off, she is still doesn't believe in herself and has a phobia of public speaking. This is causing her to fail the oral presentation section of her classes. The best way for her to pick up her grades is to join the Speech Club. I found Jolia very relatable, as I also had braces at her age, was bullied and was quite A beautiful young adult novel about friendship and developing self confidence. Jolia's self confidence plummeted when she got braces and was bullied at school. Now that her braces are off, she is still doesn't believe in herself and has a phobia of public speaking. This is causing her to fail the oral presentation section of her classes. The best way for her to pick up her grades is to join the Speech Club. I found Jolia very relatable, as I also had braces at her age, was bullied and was quite shy. The narrator was well spoken and easy to listen to. I recieved this book free in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Lane

    This is a sweet YA book that captured my interest quickly. Jolia joins the speaking club against her wishes and learns many life lessons as she forces herself to do that which she fears most...speak in public. Her insecurities, betrayal by a friend, first love, and learning to be true to herself are real, believable, and heartwarming. The author has a flair for writing and capturing Jolia's feelings as if the reader is experiencing these teen angst issues personally. A wonderful read that is ref This is a sweet YA book that captured my interest quickly. Jolia joins the speaking club against her wishes and learns many life lessons as she forces herself to do that which she fears most...speak in public. Her insecurities, betrayal by a friend, first love, and learning to be true to herself are real, believable, and heartwarming. The author has a flair for writing and capturing Jolia's feelings as if the reader is experiencing these teen angst issues personally. A wonderful read that is refreshingly void of drugs, alcohol, tattoos, etc. which is so prevalent in today's YA novels. Highly recommend.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bobbi

    A delightful encounter with a teenager finding her voice. I was drawn in by the strong internal world of Jolia, her struggles with her place and herself. I grew to love and identify with characters.. Tory and Jolia were particular favorites. However, I struggled with the action as Jolia begins to find her voice, we lose so much of her view on the world and are instead brought, painfully at times, into the daily he-said-she-said world of high school dramatics. All-in-all, it was a pleasant read a A delightful encounter with a teenager finding her voice. I was drawn in by the strong internal world of Jolia, her struggles with her place and herself. I grew to love and identify with characters.. Tory and Jolia were particular favorites. However, I struggled with the action as Jolia begins to find her voice, we lose so much of her view on the world and are instead brought, painfully at times, into the daily he-said-she-said world of high school dramatics. All-in-all, it was a pleasant read and great for YA or a beach read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cait

    I originally read this in March of this year (2017) and apparently wasn't too impressed, as I only gave it 3 stars. Upon rereading it in November 2017, I have decided to bump it up to 4 stars. The book is beautifully written, and while Jolia's anxiety about her mouth/teeth seems almost silly, I guess that's because I've never suffered from an anxiety disorder or body dysmorphia (for which I am eternally grateful), and it's easy to dismiss the hang ups of others when you've no experience with the I originally read this in March of this year (2017) and apparently wasn't too impressed, as I only gave it 3 stars. Upon rereading it in November 2017, I have decided to bump it up to 4 stars. The book is beautifully written, and while Jolia's anxiety about her mouth/teeth seems almost silly, I guess that's because I've never suffered from an anxiety disorder or body dysmorphia (for which I am eternally grateful), and it's easy to dismiss the hang ups of others when you've no experience with them yourself. My remaining complaint is that everything seems to wrap up too neatly in the end.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Veena

    There are some books that you are meant to read. This is one of those books. I picked this one up randomly from story cartel and stared reading. I never knew it is going to leave a mark on me this way. This is definitely one of the best books I have read in this year. Cover-page: 4 Characters: 4 Story line: 3 Concept: 4 Language: 4 Overall: 4 to read complete review, please follow the link: http://acupofcoffeeandafairytale.blog... There are some books that you are meant to read. This is one of those books. I picked this one up randomly from story cartel and stared reading. I never knew it is going to leave a mark on me this way. This is definitely one of the best books I have read in this year. Cover-page: 4 Characters: 4 Story line: 3 Concept: 4 Language: 4 Overall: 4 to read complete review, please follow the link: http://acupofcoffeeandafairytale.blog...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I love books that I can share with my kids and this is one of them. After I read this, I passed it on to my daughter who loved it as much as I did. The characters were very relatable and you see them grow throughout the book. The author has a unique voice which only adds to the appeal of this read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Norma Mason

    Will reaOh so true! Peppered with teenage angst, (Well served with a side of embarrassment, and a dash of romance) this YA novel gives you characters to love, villains who have a point of view too, and a story that looses nothing in the telling. I will read anything by this author!

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