The Language We Know
15 year old Evaline "Ev" Ranjer was born deaf. She communicates to the people around her through sign language. Unfortunately for her, most people at her high school don't know how to sign, so she needs somebody there to translate directly. It makes conversation awkward, stilted, and a hassle. Sometimes at night she imagines herself having normal conversations with the people around her, without the help of a translator.
16 year old Jaimes "Jamie" Borelli was not born blind. When he was 8 years old, he was climbing a tree in order to see his favorite view. He fell. It was only eight feet, but it was enough for him to lose his sight. Sometimes at night he imagines being able to see who he is talking to and look at their face, instead of just turning in their general direction. He communicates just fine with most people. But when he meets Evaline at his new school, he doesn't know what to do. She can't hear him speak, and he can't see her sign.
Fortunately for both of them, there's Evaline's translator.
17 year old Maiya Ronal was born with the ability to see and hear. She is also Ev's best friend, having known Ev since 4th grade. Maiya is the only one Evaline can easily converse with, besides the Ranjer family, who all know sign language. Maiya has always aspired to become a poet; the rhythmic flowing of words through her head helps her vent and organize her thoughts. But Maiya has her own problems- her family is slowly falling apart from the inside out- and no amount of thinking can help Maiya's writer's block.
When the pair of girls meet a single blind boy, unlikely friendships blossom under the care of three young souls. As the three of them take on the challenges that life faces and their friendships are tested by betrayal, frustration, and fear, each person discovers that perhaps words are not everything.
And maybe all of humanity holds its own language of shared emotions.