Author: Sara Novic
Publisher: Random House
Released: April 5, 2022
Received: Own (BOTM)
Once again, I find myself saying thank you to BOTM – without it, books like this would have missed my radar completely (there are just SO MANY books to watch out for!). True Biz, written by Sara Novic, is a young adult novel that portrays a world that most of us have never personally experienced.
River Valley School for the Deaf is a prestigious school and is Charlie’s new home. She has lived her whole life-fighting expectations, unable to communicate properly with her family, and relying on a cochlear implant that doesn’t work properly.
Perhaps this is why she’ll be at the center of a significant event at the school, where three students go missing. Or maybe it was inevitable, as these teens look for their people and themselves in a true coming of age tale.
“The fact that he had done this many times before mitigated the length of the homesickness, but not its intensity.”
True Biz is a fascinating read. Not only do we get such compelling personal character arcs, but readers can get a chance to learn more about deaf culture and sign language (Seriously, there are charts included throughout the book).
Admittedly, all of this information forced me to read True Biz slower than I usually do. On the bright side, I absorbed a lot, which I am very grateful for. I should also mention that Charlie isn’t the only perspective/story in this novel; hers is the one that hit me the hardest. The other two are equally compelling, but for totally different reasons. It’s a comprehensive view of a complex and intricate story.
The cochlear implant part of this story is absolutely gut-wrenching. To think that this part is based on reality – with people knowingly implanting faulty implants into people (and children) is infuriating. I can’t believe this isn’t discussed more.
Honestly, I’m struggling to find all the words to describe True Biz. You’re probably better off picking it up and experiencing it yourself, as no review will do it justice.
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