Author: Anna Martin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
After spending most of his life in special schools, Caleb Stone now faces public high school in his senior year, a prospect that both excites him and threatens to overwhelm his social anxiety. As a deaf teenager, he’s closed himself off to the world. He speaks a shorthand with his parents and even finds it hard to use American Sign Language with people in his local deaf community. But Caleb finds comfort in his love of photography. Everything he can’t express in real life, he posts on his Tumblr.
Struggling to reconcile his resentment for his father’s cruelty with the grief of losing a parent, Luc Le Bautillier scrolls through Tumblr searching for someone who might understand his goth look and effeminate nature. When Luc reblogs a photo by Caleb, sparking a conversation, they both find it easier to make friends online than in person.
Luc and Caleb confront their fears about the opinions of the outside world to meet in New York City. Despite Caleb’s increasing confidence, his parents worry he’s not ready for the trials ahead. But communication comes in many forms—when you learn the signs.
Signs is at a disadvantage in my reading queue. I read it in between two extremely emotionally trying books. Both of those books garnered five stars from me. Signs by Anna Martin was exactly what I needed to recharge my mental and emotional batteries.
There is little to no angst in this story. It is a sweet coming of age love story about two 18-year-old high school seniors who have a little more freedom than most high school seniors I know. They meet online and form a pretty immediate and deep bond. A bond that only grows when they meet in person.
The catch is that Caleb is deaf and has been since about the age of nine. Emotional and social anxieties have prevented him from fully integrating into the deaf world, and his deafness prevent him from integrating into the hearing world. Luc has his own issues, stemming from an abusive father and an absent mother.
Through the miracle of modern technology, they find each other. Once they do, their bond can never be broken. Luc sees Caleb through some emotional lows and into a new chapter in both their lives. Their love is never in doubt.
I loved getting to know these boys. I loved seeing them grow because of each other not in spite of each other. I loved that we ended on a happy note. For the story we were given, I don’t think Martin could have ended it any better.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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