White As Silence, Red as Song





Sixteen-year-old Leo has a way with words, but he doesn’t know it yet. He spends his time texting, polishing soccer maneuvers, and killing time with Niko and Silvia. Until a new teacher arrives and challenges him to give voice to his dreams.

And so Leo is inspired to win over the red-haired beauty, Beatrice. She doesn’t know Leo exists, but he’s convinced that his dream to win her over will come true. When Leo lands in the hospital and learns that Beatrice has been admitted too, his mission to be there for her will send him on a thrilling but heartbreaking journey. He wants to help her but doesn’t know how—and his dream of love will force him to grow up fast.

Having already sold over a million copies in Italy, Alessandro D’Avenia’s debut novel is considered the Italian The Fault in Our Stars. Now available in English for the first time, this rich, funny, and heartwarming coming-of-age tale asks us to explore the meaning—and the cost—of friendship, and shows us what happens when suffering bursts into the world of teenagers and renders the world of adults speechless.


My Review

I have never read or seen the movie for the Fault in our Stars. Therefore, I can not compare this book to it as some other readers have. Yet, I will tell you that this book didn't really deliver for me. The theme is "love makes everything possible". Thus the reason that Leo felt he could do anything including being Beatrice knight in shining armor.

Here is why this book didn't really work for me. I felt a bit uncomfortable to the point that Leo came off as kind of stalkerish. He kept obsessing about Beatrice. Yet, he didn't have for a good portion of the story a "real" connection with her. Well not face to face when she was aware of Leo. He visited her in the hospital while she was sleeping. Additionally, the way the book was written kind of like a poem, made it kind of hard to stay grounded in the story. Plus, it moved really fast. This book was a good effort but it missed the mark.



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About Alessandro D’Avenia

Alessandro D’Avenia holds a PhD in Classical Literature, and teaches Ancient Greek, Latin and Literature at a high school in Milan. White as Silence, Red as Song was his first novel,published in Italy in 2010. It sold a million copies in Italy, has been translated into over twenty languages and was released as a film in 2012. Alessandro has since published four more books, the latest of which, Every Story is a Love Story, was published in October 2017.

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