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. But the words that really hurt weren’t the lies: it was six hundred and seventeen words of truth that turned my world upside down.
Words scare me, the lies and the truth, so I decided to stop using them.
I am Pluto. Silent. Inaccessible. Billions of miles away from everything I thought I knew.
Tessie-T has never really felt she fitted in and after what she read that night on her father’s blog she knows for certain that she never will. How she deals with her discovery makes an entirely riveting, heart-breaking story told through Tess’s eyes as she tries to find her place in the world.
I received this book from the publishers for an open and honest review.
Having previously read (and loved) Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher, I was really looking forward to picking up her new YA offering and was completley hooked from the opening page. ‘Silence is Goldfish’ tells the story of teenage Tess who, near the beginning of the novel, accidently discovers that her father isn’t her real dad. This unexpected revelation leaves Tess shocked, confused and unsure of her identity and eventually results in her selective mutism. Tess has the ability to speak but she chooses not to.
‘I sit in the middle of my silence, protecting myself from the truth I might be able to forget if I never have to hear myself say it out loud.’