Deborah Lytton

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Narrated By: Rebecca Gibel, Charlie Thurston

Duration: 8 hours and 53 minutes

What to expect

Stella was born to sing. Someday Broadway. But everything changes when a tragic accident renders her deaf; she cannot hear, much less sing. Trapped in a strange new world of total silence, she must face not only the loss of her friends, her hopes, and her voice but also the loss of her identity and her life’s purpose. Who is she if she’s not a singer?

Hayden is a quiet loner, an outcast, and the only person Stella can communicate with; his profound stutter makes him speak so slowly, she is able to easily read his lips. As they find new ways to communicate despite their disabilities, their friendship grows into an unexpected—but welcome—romance. But is it a romance that can last if Stella regains her hearing and resumes her former life?

Alternating between Stella’s and Hayden’s points of view, Silence is a lyrical story of self-discovery, romance, and resilience, of two souls learning how to find their voices and break through the silence.


Children’s / Teenage fiction: General fiction, Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Disability, impairments and special needs, Children’s / Teenage fiction: General fiction, Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Self-awareness and self-esteem, Children’s / Teenage fiction: Relationship stories – Romance, love or friendship

Listen to a sample

“Lytton’s tender tale will tug at the heartstrings. And romance fans will hang on the teens’ poetry, tears, texts, and…insights about life.”


“Fans of YA romance will devour this more-than-love story.”

Emily Wing Smith, author of Back When You Were Easier to Love

“A touching story…Lytton creates believable backstories for her characters to explain why they are both wary of love…Teens who enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars and Gracefully Grayson should find plenty to relate to in this novel about different forms of communication and finding confidence despite setbacks.”