Oliver James Hernandez, a character in This is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender, is deaf. Oliver uses sign language and lip reading.
From the publisher:
Nathan Bird doesn’t believe in happy endings. Although he’s the ultimate film buff and an aspiring screenwriter, Nate’s seen the demise of too many relationships to believe that happy endings exist for real people.
Playing it safe to avoid a broken heart has been his M.O. ever since his father died and left his mom to unravel–but this strategy is not without fault. His best-friend-turned-girlfriend-turned-best-friend again Florence is set on making sure Nate finds someone else. And in a twist that is romcom-worthy, someone does come along: Oliver James Hernandez, his childhood best friend.
Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen (2018)
Author represented by: Beth Phelan of Beth Phelan literary agent