Review: Signs of Attraction by Laura Brown

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Review: Signs of Attraction by Laura BrownSigns of Attraction by Laura Brown
Published by Avon Impulse on June 14th 2016
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 233
Format: eARC
Source: the publisher
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Do you know what hearing loss sounds like? I do.
All my life I've tried to be like you. I've failed.
So I keep it hidden.
But on the day my world crashed down around me, Reed was there.
He showed me just how loud and vibrant silence can be, even when I struggled to understand.
He's unlike anyone I've ever known. His soulful eyes and strong hands pulled me in before I knew what was happening.
And as I saw those hands sign, felt them sparking on me, I knew: imperfect could be perfect.
Reed makes me feel things I've never felt. It's exciting...and terrifying.
Because he sees me like no one else has, and I'm afraid of what he'll find if he looks too closely.
The only thing that scares me more than being with him? Letting him go.

Carli is a senior at university and is learning to be a teacher. She’s hard of hearing. All her life her father/her family to an extend has treated her like she was a freak. They made her feel like she didn’t belong with them. Which is why Carli never learned ASL or got any other help/support for her needs. She basically hides herself, her disability, her problems from everyone around her. She has been striving to look perfect even if she feels she is not to the outside world.

Reed was born deaf. After being adopted by wonderful parents at the age of three when his biological parents abandoned him. He had a pretty good childhood considering that. He grew up to be a pretty wonderful guy that has great friends and loving family who supported and loved him. He is however every reluctant to starting making new friends or start a relationship now after what his ex did to him.

Carli and Reed meet on the first day of their senior year in linguistics class. They meet due to Carli’s hearing aid’s battery running out. They are both smitten with each other. I really enjoyed them together, they had good chemistry. They were sweet and adorable together. They both had no idea how to actually proceed or approach the idea of them dating. They are both guarded and vulnerable at the same time to each other. Reed was a pretty great hero to be honest.

As sweet and fun the first part of the book is. The later part of the book is heartbreaking and made me teary. Seriously I was crying because it’s difficult to see someone so bright and a good person who through so much pain. Carli goes through quite a lot. She finds out some truths that hurt her and leave her feeling very lost in the face of the future. And what happens when they guy who’s been there for her all along and loved her is no longer there…read to find out.

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Quibbles aside; I greatly enjoyed this book, I enjoyed the writing. The protagonists and the secondary characters were all multidimensional and the plot was interesting as was Reed and Carli’s relationship. It’s also emotional, touching and thought provoking. It deals with of issues including such as the aftermath of suicide, problems that special needs children/adults have to go through. 

I’d recommend it to anyone who likes NA books with bit of angst and great story. There’s also the we need more books in with people with special needs, there are some and recently more books have come out but as many as there should be considering. 

Laura Brown is new to me author so I went in blind not knowing anything. I had no particular expectations however this just turned out to be great read. I will be definitely be on the look out for her next book.

About Laura Brown

Laura Brown lives in Massachusetts with her quirky abnormal family. Her husband’s put up with her since high school, her young son keeps her on her toes, and her three cats think they deserve more scratches. Hearing loss is a big part of who she is, from her own Hard of Hearing ears, to the characters she creates.