Monday, February 23, 2015

Review: Fighting Silence ( On the Ropes #1 ) by Aly Martinez

Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez

I've always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers who narrowly avoided foster care, I became skilled at dodging the punches life threw at me. Growing up, I didn’t have anything I could call my own, but from the moment I met Eliza Reynolds, she was always mine. I became utterly addicted to her and the escape from reality we provided each other. Throughout the years, she had boyfriends and I had girlfriends, but there wasn't a single night that I didn’t hear her voice.

You see, meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one.

They both happened anyway.

Now, I'm on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.
Fighting for my career.
Fighting the impending silence.
Fighting for her.

Every night, just before falling asleep, she sighs as a final conscious breath leaves her.

I think that's the sound I'll miss the most.




This childhood friends to lover story is amazing and heartwarming. Till and Eliza make me laughed, cried and smile along with them. There isn't even a single scene that I didn't like in this book.

Till Page and Eliza both grew up poor with their absentee parents. They met each other when they were thirteen in an abandon apartment. From then onward they were emotionally inseparable and every night they have a 'date' at the same apartment for years. 

Eliza is Till fantasy that he need to keep separate from his harsh reality. Till is Eliza's rock and anchor and she is patiently waiting for the day that the boy she loves will see more in her than just a friend.

I'm amazed by their friendship. To me, they were both more than best friends, they were soul-mates. The way they were both so committed and playing such major role in each other lives and be together all through their lives from thirteen until twenty one, to me they were like husband and wife already.

Till is the kind of selfless young hero that I want to make the world alright for him. Not only he had to grow up struggling with his failing hearing, he also had to act like a father figure taking care of his two ruckus younger brothers. I like that despite his gloomy fate, his still had a sense of humor in him. When he is moaning about how life sucks, I was laughing when he said to Eliza 'You ruined purgatory!'. I admire his dedication to raise his brothers right and the sacrifice he make for them make me want to cry ugly tears. The part when he finally lost his hearing make my heart ache so bad. 

Although this book main focus is on Till, Eliza played an important role in his life. She is the only constant and act as his main support system. She is so patient waiting for him and even when he fuck things up, she is there waiting for him to come around. But this woman is no doormat either, when she think she had waited long enough, she gave him the ultimatum. I like that she is no drama queen. She get jobs done and a problem solver. She's a breathe of fresh air among the heroine, who tends to creates drama.

Most of friends to lover books had a part that I didn't like, which is the 'other relationship' part. So I'm exceptionally joyous that I don't have to read about them having 'other relationship' here. There also non of those crazy jealousy thing going on which annoy me. They were both practically together in every sense of the way since the beginning and when they are finally official around the middle of the book, things were even better because we can add sex into the mix. Thus, despite their young age that fall under NA, I felt that they both have a very mature relationship.

Honorable mentioned to Slate from Among the Echoes. He played such a huge role in this story. If not for him, I'm not sure how will Till become the man he is towards the end. You don't need to read Slate's book in order to read this book. There isn't much on the fighter per se. So don't go in assuming some hardcore fighting scene.

Fighting Silence is a book that guarantee to touch your heart.

Rating 5/5