Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers Book Review


Goodreads Summary:Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the twenty-first century—until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She’s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and the bruises are getting harder to hide.

When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she’s swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He’s a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But there’s more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali’s bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali can’t turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she’s traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace’s RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved.

Disclaimer:I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

My rating:4/5 stars

This is one of those books that relies heavily on fanfic tropes and while it may not be for everyone, I do find these types of books to be highly amusing.Its  similar to Follow Me Back in the sense that they both have the trope of a musician kind of paying attention to a normal girl. It’s a very unrealistic plot point but I mean fiction doesn’t always have to be plausible even when it’s contemporary

As I said ,when reading books like these it’s important to not be too critical of what’s happening because then you’re bound to hate it. These type of books are not meant to be the best  in their genre or anything like that  but they’re pretty darn good. Tone Deaf was an addicting read that kept me turning the pages in anticipation of how everything would turn out. This book didn’t shy away from heavy topics and I thought it tackled the topic of abuse quite well though I do find that the ending was a little too idealistic. Then again, sometimes happy endings do actually happen! I can’t speak for the deaf rep in this book but from what I saw it seemed pretty accurate though obviously my word means nothing in matters like this 


I thought that the characters were very well developed and interesting.I really like seeing Ali dealing with being deaf and how that affected her every day life. I also thought seeing her troubled. past was also very interesting and it would’ve been kind of cool if we saw a little more about her child- prodigy days.

The musician love interest,Jace, was kind of hard to like at first though I definitely grew to enjoy his backstory and personality. It is hard to completely warm to a character, especially when they’re a douchebag from page one. While his being a jerk was explained, and I find that the reason that they gave was sad and heartbreaking but it doesn’t justify him being a shithead. I really liked him though and thought that his development was very interesting but I’m just tired of seeing the trope of ” asshole guy is actually really nice but he has just a troubled past that makes him an arse.”

The side characters were A+. I loved Ali’s best friend and how good of a friend she was. Learning sign language in order to communicate more easily. I also thought that the band members were really great, and I loved seeing the chemistry between all of them and I really wish that we saw more if them because I loved what I saw.


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