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


Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it’s the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to?

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.

Each book in this series can be read as a standalone.

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Fighting Silence is a book I think everyone should read, it’s an emotional, heartbreaking, beautifully written story, one that you will never forget. A story about two young souls who at the very young age meet and their lives forever entwined. The book spans from the time Till and Eliza are 13 until they are both 21. So go one click this bad boy ASAP!!

Till Page doesn’t have a easy life by any means his parents are scumbags that only care about themselves they hardly pay attention to him or his two younger brothers. Till is forced to raise his younger siblings on his own, he is just a child himself at the age of 13, leaving Till to grow up pretty quickly. Till also struggles on a daily basis to make ends meet for his family. He doesn’t know what the future holds for all of them but one thing Till knows is that he’s facing a future of silence. A future in which a genetic condition will take over his life causing him to loose his hearing. Something that he is absolutely terrified to face head on.
One night changes everything for Till he needs to escape reality, he climbs through a window of an abandoned apartment building, who he encounters throws him for a loop inside is a young beautiful blue eyed girl who will forever change his life.

Eliza Reynolds life hasn’t been all that great either she’s always having to look out for herself, her parents couldn’t be bothered with her. Eliza also struggles on daily basis herself to make ends meet. She uses that abandoned apartment has her escape from her world where she can do the one thing she loves to do, drawing. She has a goal for herself when she get’s older that is to leave for college and escape her past quickly. So when she meets Till he completely turns her world upside down in a good way, they quickly form a strong friendship relying on each for everything.
As the years progress so does the friendship, but it also becomes so much more that neither one of them want to admit to. After five years of having the apartment as an escape time has come to say good bye and move on in life.

“I’d never had anything I could call my own, but Eliza Reynolds would always be mine.”

Till never graduated high school his main concern was keeping his brother’s safe and feed. One day he stumbles upon something that could change his life, a flyer offering free boxing at a gym called On The Ropes. The owner is none other than Slate Andrews (you may remember him from another of Aly’s books} Slate see’s something in Till and is willing to help him out, he sees a boy that has the weight of the world on his shoulder, not only is Slate there for Till but his brothers as well. Slate becomes an important person in Till’s life guess you say he’s the father he never had. Slate help’s Till fight some of the toughest battles one will ever experience in life.

Months have passed on since Till has seen Eliza, she’s at college trying to move on with her life and piece back her heart together, when Till shows up at her door needing her help. She doesn’t understand why Till feels she’s better off without him, he has nothing to offer her. Eliza just wants her friend back if it’s only friendship she’s willing to accept that, because a life with out Till in it is no life for her.

Till has struggled in his life he’s dealing with loosing his hearing, taking care of his brother’s, and living in his fantasy world with Eliza, because in his fantasy world he and Eliza will always be together, in reality he’ll never be good enough for her. Even though she’s always been by his side from day one and continues to love him for who he is. In Till’s mind he can not lose her he needs her in his life, she’s the air he breaths. But Till has to face reality sooner rather than later because they’re growing up and things could change, he could possible loose Eliza to another man.

I feel I could go on about this story because there is so much more to tell, but I think you as the reader should experience it for yourself.
Fighting Silence not only tells the story about Till and Eliza, it also introduces Till’s brother’s Flint and Quarry they play a significant part also. I feel their story is just getting started, both will continue in upcoming books, 2 and 3.

“You’re incredible, and the fact that someone like you fell for a poor kid in dirty jeans who was too scared to walk through doors proves it……When I told you this {pointing to his ears} was my future, you never batted an eye. And when reality became more than I could handle, you declared war on the inevitable for me. You always say you love me, but you have given me so much more. And because of that, I will spend a lifetime fighting to give you the world.”


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