REVIEW: The Sound of Violet

I haven’t been able to blog as much as I wanted to.

Hello friends, it has been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve missed a week, but of course, there were more things scheduled that I didn’t meet. Year 3 has been hectic, and it is now Week 11. I have 3 more weeks of this semester to go, and so much to do. I might not be able to blog as much until December, but I am looking forward to it. I have some things planned, and by then I’ll have more time.

Disclaimer: Today’s book is about human trafficking and forced prostitution. This is a heavy theme within the book, there were will be some links at the bottom of the page, and how you can help. A portion of sales from this novel will be donated to fight human trafficking.

The Sound of Violet
by Allen Wolf

get the book here, see the behind the scenes here


Desperate to find his soulmate, Shawn goes on one awkward date after another until he encounters the alluring Violet. He starts dating her, but his autism keeps him from realizing that she’s actually a prostitute.

Shawn thinks he’s found a possible wife while Violet thinks she’s discovered her ticket to a brand new life. This hilarious and dramatic award-winning story takes all kinds of twists and turns and has been adapted into a major motion picture.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

*A review copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

T/W: abuse, human trafficking

Today’s book was one that I instantly liked from the first page, and made me cry for 25 minutes straight. It’s hopeful and harsh, violent yet sweet. It’s conflicting, just like their two worlds. Personally, I want to mention more about this book and it’s contents, but the book summary is rather vague, which is why I feel hesitant as it seems like a big spoiler.

Shawn doesn’t like loud noises, bright colours, or people touching him. He is blunt, doesn’t really get jokes and understands things rather literally. So when he tries to find his soulmate in New York City, things usually don’t work out. Violet on the other hand, had horrible experiences with men, is constantly on the job and doesn’t believe that love is for her.

This is one of the books where I liked most of the characters, which made me want to read this book quickly. I instantly liked Violet, and could mostly understand the way she acts. I also found the Shawn’s approach to trying to date Violet very amusing and heartwarming. I also found the early miscommunication between them to be entertaining, as Shawn believed they were on a date but Violet thought that he would be a client. I really liked them together, and was rooting for them.

Quite a portion of this book were about prejudice, as every one around Shawn knew that Violet was a prostitute, except for him. Shawn’s family were against it, but Shawn was stubborn and held out hope. This book also deals with deaths, familial relationships, abuse, manipulation, sexual assault and human trafficking. I would say the highs were high and the low leaves you crying for maybe half an hour, based on my own experience.

I can’t wait for the movie! In the meantime, I believe you can still read this book and give it a review at NetGalley. If you have the ability, I hope you will purchase a copy of this book, as a portion will be donated to fight human trafficking.

Here is where you can learn more about human trafficking.
If you are based in the US, call this hotline 1-888-373-7888 for 24/7 confidential help.
If you are based in Malaysia, visit SUHAKAM (human rights services) for help.


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