The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Sonia’s entire village believes she has a gift, but it’s only in leaving home that she finds out who she truly is. A compelling tale from a rich new voice in young adult fiction.
Sixteen-year-old Sonia Ocampo was born on the night of the worst storm Tres Montes had ever seen. And when the winds mercifully stopped, an unshakable belief in the girl’s protective powers began. All her life, Sonia has been asked to pray for sick mothers or missing sons, as worried parents and friends press silver milagros in her hands. Sonia knows she has no special powers, but how can she disappoint those who look to her for solace? Still, her conscience is heavy, so when she gets a chance to travel to the city and work in the home of a wealthy woman, she seizes it. At first, Sonia feels freedom in being treated like all the other girls. But when news arrives that her beloved brother has disappeared while looking for work, she learns to her sorrow that she can never truly leave the past or her family behind. With deeply realized characters, a keen sense of place, a hint of magical realism, and a flush of young romance, Meg Medina tells the tale of a strongwilled, warmhearted girl who dares to face life’s harsh truths as she finds her real power.
The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina was a very interesting read. I loved the culture and the writing, but the plot overall wasn’t exactly what I was looking for at the time.
The culture is so rich and vibrant throughout this whole book. That was neat, as it was something that gave The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind a very unique tone and quality to it.
The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind was told from two different points of views. I found this a bit distracting, because there was a lot going on in both storylines, and flipping back and forth was often rather jarring. I definitely found myself favoring the storyline wrapped around Sonia, as she was such an interesting character. I also was a bit confused at the world – I never could really put my finger on a setting or place.
I really enjoyed the characters. Sonia was such a fresh main character, and I loved following her story. I also really loved Oscar – he was such a cool guy!
The plot had some really neat aspects. I loved the whole circle that essentially evolved around Sonia. That in itself really made a cool plot. The pacing for other parts of the story seemed a bit off to me. Some things happened so quickly that it just made no sense. There was a slower start to The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind, but by the end, it was quite an intense read when the plot picked up.
Overall, this one was quite the mix for me. I really loved the writing – it was beautiful, but some of the other aspects took away from the book as a whole for me. Fans of books with culture or magical realism would probably be a fan of The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind.