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MUTED: a book review



Tami Charles

Tami Charles is the New York Times bestselling author of All Because You Matter, and numerous books for children and young adults. Her middle grade debut, Like Vanessa, earned Top 10 spots on the Indies Introduce and Spring Kids’ Next lists, three starred reviews, and a Junior Library Guild selection. Her latest titles include YA novel-in-verse, Muted, which was a Buzzfeed Top 40 pick for 2021, and lyrical picture book, My Day with the Panye. When Tami isn’t writing, she can be found presenting at schools both stateside and abroad.

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Muted was the first novel-in-verse I’ve read. This year has seen so many firsts in bookish goals for me.

New hair,
who dis?

I really enjoyed reading it, but there was an initial struggle getting into the vibe of the book.

Muted is divided into four parts, and the fourth (last) part of the book sucked me in. The ending was unexpected, I was shook. The language in this blog is not formal because

  • I’m not a professional, and this blog is for fun; and
  • The language of the book is colloquial


  • Abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Divorce
  • Manipulation
  • Rape


  • This book talks about issues in the music industry, and dare I say, entertainment industry at large and what women, especially women of colour go through.

welcome to
Black Hollywood!

  • The representation of Afro-Carribean and Afro-Latina girls, black girls. Representation matters.

my good-enough smart-enough brilliant brain

  • Trigger warnings, as minimal as it seems, it makes the reading experience more comfortable knowing what to expect. And no, trigger warnings are NOT spoilers.


The underlying of sexual innuendos I found distasteful.

What becomes
of a voice muted far too long?

๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘˜๐‘  ๐‘ก๐‘œ scholasticinc ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘’๐ด๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘˜๐‘  ๐‘ก๐‘œ coloredpagesblogtours ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘๐‘™๐‘ข๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘š๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ #mutedtour ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘˜๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ.

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