“I was the one he trusted. I was the one he loved, the only one who believed him, even when his own mother had locked him up and thrown away the key. And now, I was going to pass down the whi...
“I was the one he trusted. I was the one he loved, the only one who believed him, even when his own mother had locked him up and thrown away the key. And now, I was going to pass down the white tiled hallway, knock on his doctor’s office door, slam his secret notebook on her desk and make her read it, make her understand what he was hiding, make her see what only I had seen.”
April won't let Jonah go without a fight. He’s her boyfriend—her best friend. She’ll do anything to keep him safe. But as Jonah slips into a dark depression, trying to escape the traumatic past that haunts him, April is torn. To protect Jonah, she risks losing everything: family, friends, an opportunity to attend a prestigious music school. How much must she sacrifice? And will her voice be loud enough to drown out the dissenters—and the ones in his head?
I know my way around the mental hospital.
I doubt most of the girls in my neighborhood could claim that, even though many of us lived just a few minutes from its leafy...
I know my way around the mental hospital.
I doubt most of the girls in my neighborhood could claim that, even though many of us lived just a few minutes from its leafy, sterile grounds, and some of us picnicked on the lawn outside its gate during summer break.
By the end of tenth grade, I knew Shady Grove Hospital better than I knew my school. I knew that the security guard’s name was Carla and that she’d worked at her depressing post since the place was built. I knew the quiet path behind the topiary garden where I could wait until visiting hours began and she let me in. I’d memorized the shape and color of his shadow behind the dark-red curtains, and I knew where I had to stand so he could see me from his eleventh-story window. From that distant spot, I could even guess how well the medicine was working for him that day; I could tell what kind of visit it would be by counting the paces of his shadow.
I had the place mapped out, his daily routine memorized, the doctors’ names and call schedule, every pointless detail carefully recorded in his special little book. He’d given me those notes as if they were classified secrets, the papers wrapped in strips of hospital linen sealed together with bubble gum, long wads of partially chewed Wrigley’s tied into a crisscrossed mesh. That tattered spiral notebook was crammed with data he’d gathered over months: patients’ names and histories, nurses’ phone numbers, the cleaning crew’s shift hours. I would never know how these bits of information came together for him or how he even found them out. But somewhere in these random nothings, he’d put together a story for me, a clue of how to get to him, a coded message that, for some reason, he believed only I could read. I was the one he trusted, the only one who had not betrayed him. I was the one he loved, the only one who believed him, even when his own mother had locked him up and thrown away the key.
And now, nearly three months after they’d taken him away, I was finally ready. I was going to march up to the security window, look into the tired guard’s blurry eyes, state my name and the name of the patient I was visiting, and hear the buzz and click of the locked gate sliding open. I was going to walk down the white-tiled hallway, knock on his doctor’s office door, slam his secret notebook on her desk, and make her read it, make her understand what he was hiding, make her see what only I had seen.
I was finally going to do it.
I was going to betray him.
“I highly suggest this novel to anyone that loves deep, captivating reads. A beautifully written story, Your Voice Is All I Hear should be falling off shelves and into eagerly awa...
“I highly suggest this novel to anyone that loves deep, captivating reads. A beautifully written story, Your Voice Is All I Hear should be falling off shelves and into eagerly awaiting hands.” - A Leisure Moment
“Incredibly resonant, obviously well researched and very cleverly constructed for maximum effect, Your Voice Is All I Hear is both an important and very readable tale, a Young Adult novel tackling some topical and very important issues, the ending had me in pieces. This is one that will definitely stay with me for a very long time and as such is highly recommended.” - Liz Loves Books
“ Readers are carried on an emotional roller coaster, which is often thrilling and beautiful, yet heart-wrenching too. ” - VOYA
“Your Voice Is All I Hear is a startling story about, first love, mental illness and discovering who you are.... Fans of Rainbow Rowell and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, will fall head over heals in love with this story. ” - Dark Readers
“With twists and turns galore, I can say that YOUR VOICE IS ALL I HEAR highly impressed me. Scheier writes the characters flawlessly and executes the plot well, including foreshadowing in the beginning and flashbacks throughout that make it all the more suspenseful....Overall, this is a book that can certainly be enjoyed by all young adults and adults, and it will spark very interesting conversation and thoughts, afterwards.
” - Teen Reads
“ With engaging writing style, this book is recommended to those who want to read a book that could entertain and educate at the same time.” - Let’s Say It’s a Blog
“Your Voice is All I Hear gives a jarring look at what it means to lose everything while trying to fight off your demons.” - The Young Folks
“An affecting, well-crafted story that will stay with readers long after the final page.” - Booklist
“[A]n intense portrait of the unpredictability of schizophrenia and the toll it takes on those close to those who have it.” - Publishers Weekly
“A story of the human heart and the tortured mind. Jonah's plight will touch your soul.” - Tabitha Suzuma, author of Forbidden
Length: 8.25 in
Width: 5.5 in
Weight: 0.00 oz
Page Count: 336 pages