Silence is Goldfish by Annabel Pitcher + Giveaway

Title:  Silence is Goldfish
Author: Annabel Pitcher
Publisher:  Little, Brown & Co.
Release Date:  May 17, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Fiction

My name is Tess Turner--at least, that's what I've always been told. 

I have a voice but it isn't mine. It used to say things so I'd fit in, to please my parents, to please my teachers. It used to tell the universe I was something I wasn't. It lied. 

It never occurred to me that everyone else was lying too. 

Fifteen-year-old Tess doesn't mean to become mute. When she discovers that her dad isn't her biological father, at first she's just too shocked to speak. But quickly she begins to see the benefit of silence. She can protect herself from the questions she's too afraid to ask. It frustrates the heck out of her parents. And it also gets the attention of her handsome Math teacher, Mr Holdsworth...

Tess sets out to discover the identity of her real father. But when trouble strikes and everything spirals out of control, how can she ask for help when she's forgotten how to use her voice?


Silence is Goldfish by Annabel Pitcher is about a young teenager, who's always been an outcast at school, weird to many, lacks confidence and never comfortable in her own skin.  One day, the whole foundation of who she believes she is, based on her parents, came crumbling down, causing her to fall silent. Literally. She lacks the courage to confront, yet her silence truly is her strength in her inner protest to all lies.  I find Silence is Goldfish poignantly honest and raw, giving Tess a voice that is typical of teens, as well as the emotional vulnerability when they encountered a life-changing event. As we read through Tess' struggles, not only to find the identity of her real father, but also the start of realizing and become who she is - with confidence. Besides Tess' development the sensitive issue of relationships between parent and child, be it biological or adoptive and how it impacts their identity were well executed.  And be it inadvertently or not, the teenage relational aspects in terms of truth and meaning.  I like Silence is Goldfish. It touches on a deep level of teenage angst and the emotional toll it has on parents and others.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Little, Brown & Co. through Rockstar Book Tours for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.




Annabel Pitcher studied English at Oxford and has since worked as a script writer and an English teacher. She lives in Yorkshire with her husband. MY SISTER LIVES ON THE MANTELPIECE was her first novel. She is a full-time writer.

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