• Alex Lopez

White as Silence, Red as Song

We're starting off this week with a review of White as Silence, Red as Song and a highlight of my favorite quotes from the book. As a blog tour special, there is a giveaway for a copy of the book and if you're a fan of Jodi Picoult or John Green, White as Silence, Red as Song is the book for you definitely want to enter!

About the Book

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Release Date: September 4, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary


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 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, Alessandro D’Avenia’s debut novel is considered Italy’s 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.

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White as Silence, Red as Song Alessandro D'Avenia captures the heartbeat of youth in and I found this work to be a beautiful analogy for life. The narrator, Leo, is a big dreamer who associates anything good in life with the color red based on the hair color of the love of his life, Beatrice. Despite his dreams of love and devotion to Beatrice, reality crashes down in various hues of white emptiness as Leo discovers Beatrice has leukemia. Leo's descriptions of the world are nothing short of elegiac as they capture the full extent of a spectrum of emotions.

Alessandro D'Avenia writes a story filled with the gripping sense of heartbreak that is sure to resonate with young adult readers. White as Silence, Red as Song’s English translation captures the pure poetry and movement of Alessandro D'Avenia work that serves as a testimony to the profound, beating rhythm of young love.

Favorite Quotes

“Everything is a color. Every emotion is a color.”

“She has few words, carefully chosen. If she were a movie, she’d be a genre not yet invented.

“Only when people have faith in what is beyond their reach-a dream-does humanity take steps forward that help it to believe in itself.”

I’m in love and when you’re in love, the very least that happens to you is not sleeping.”

“When I see your dream shifting in your eyes, I’ll tell you.”

“The important answers are written between the lines of books, and you’re the one who must be able to read them!”


Prize: 1 copy of White as Silence, Red as Song by Alessandro D’Avenia

(US Only)

Starts: 9/10 Ends: 9/21

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About the Author

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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