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The Sound of Violet


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Wolf creates a gripping and heart-warming read out of the most surprising relationship.

The Sound of Violet was a novel I really wanted to savor and appreciate. It did not disappoint, in fact, it outdid my expectations. It has a unique premise chronicling the New York-based love story between Shawn, an autistic man, and Violet, a prostitute. I’ll admit, I laughed when I read the summary for the book and figured I’d read it for more laughs. I was really curious how the author would make any kind of love story from that, but he proved me wrong time and time again with each chapter.

It took about a chapter to get me hooked on this book. The way the author details Shawn’s actions and quirks, and just how he perceives the world in general, shows the author did his research on the autism spectrum. Shawn hears colors and is a hopeless romantic to the highest extent, always dreaming of his wedding day and finding the right girl to marry and take care of him. However, all of his dates have gone south, particularly due to his blunt honesty. He can’t help but say what others wouldn’t say out loud. He’s grown used to being treated differently, whether it’s at work or on dates.

Violet on the other hand, numbs her pain with pills and is living a life she doesn’t want to be living. She sees no escape, so she just takes life as it is. She’s also used to being treated differently and looked down upon for not fitting in with society. However, when she and Shawn are together, they both feel accepted for who they are. It was a really heartwarming story and dealt with the two worlds of Shawn and Violet colliding well. I found myself rooting for them to work out, even though Shawn’s brother Collin and his grandma Ruth were totally against their blossoming relationship.

The characters in this novel are fleshed out well, especially with their detailed backstories that make them feel like real people. There were even moments I found myself crying because one of the character’s past trauma was heartbreaking and depressing. The author nailed making me empathize with the characters as well as feeling second-hand embarrassment for Shawn. Another huge plus was the diversity in characters and neighborhoods, really representing New York rather than romanticizing the area.  

There were few things I didn’t like about this book, and it was something I looked forward to reading at the end of each work shift. I almost didn’t want the story to come to an end but knew it had to.

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About the author

Allen Wolf has won multiple awards as an author, filmmaker, and game creator. He is also the host of the Navigating Hollywood podcast. Allen married his Persian princess, and they’re raising their kids in Los Angeles. He loves traveling around the world and hearing people’s life stories. view profile

Published on September 21, 2021

Published by Morning Star Publishing

60000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Romantic Comedy

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