Maya Harris, the protagonist in ‘The Silence Between Us,’ lost her hearing at 13, National Public Radio reports.
In its review of the new book, Alethea Kontis points out that even the book’s cover is designed by a deaf artist.
Maya wants to be a doctor and for most of high school she has attended a school for the deaf, but when her family moves to Colorado she ends up at a hearing school for her senior year.
In addition to being the outcast kid at a new school, Maya has to work ten times harder, and most of her classmates see her deafness as a disability.
And of course there are all the usual sources of teenage anxiety as well.