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I was the one he trusted. I was the one he loved, the only one who believed him, even when his own mother had locked him up and thrown away the key.
And now, I was going to pass down the white tiled hallway, knock on his doctor’s office door, slam his secret notebook on her desk and make her read it, make her understand what he was hiding, make her see what only I had seen.
April won’t let Jonah go without a fight.
He’s her boyfriend—her best friend. She’ll do anything to keep him safe. But as Jonah slips into a dark depression, trying to escape the traumatic past that haunts him, April is torn. To protect Jonah, she risks losing everything: family, friends, an opportunity to attend a prestigious music school. How much must she sacrifice? And will her voice be loud enough to drown out the dissenters—and the ones in his head?
YOUR VOICE IS ALL I HEAR broke my heart. It is a story filled with schizophrenia, teenage bullying, and true love. April is heading back to school and she doesn’t want to go. Her friend Kris has transferred to a different school and has moved out of their neighborhood as well. These two were joined at the hip and April doesn’t think she can get through high school without her. She is just trying to get through the day, being invisible to all of those around her when in walks the new boy, Jonah.
After a little bit, they go out and things are great. Jonah teaches April how to ignore the bullies and April starts to feel better about herself. April starts to notice some strange behavior from Jonah but she makes excuses for him. One day, even their history teacher says something about it to April. Over time, his behavior gets worse and he winds up in a psychiatric hospital and he is diagnosed with schizophrenia. April tries to help Jonah but nothing seems to be working. She doesn’t realize she isn’t helping him by enabling him. YOUR VOICE IS ALL I HEAR is going to pull on your heart strings and leave you with tears in your eyes and wanting to hug April and Jonah.
April and Jonah have to go through so much, many things that adults probably couldn’t handle but April never gives up on Jonah, never turns her back on him and his illness. My heart was breaking for them both and what they went through. I found YOUR VOICE IS ALL I HEAR very believable and felt as if I were in the room with April and Jonah as they sat with counselors trying to understand what was happening in Jonah’s mind. I’ve never read anything quite like this story that had such a lasting effect on me. I’m now learning more about schizophrenia and have a lot more compassion for those who suffer with it.
YOUR VOICE IS ALL I HEAR is going to stay with you long after you finish reading it. Maybe like me, it will change your perception of this awful illness. I found April’s report on schizophrenia that she performed on her class, amazing. She tried to explain to the bullies who were making fun of Jonah what he was going through with the voices in his head. Once, I felt like she was teaching me too, she really opened my eyes to what those suffering with this debilitating illness are dealing with on a daily basis. I love when a story can teach you as you are reading. For that, I thank you, Leah Scheier, for your wonderful lesson on schizophrenia.