Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Review: What I Didn't Say
By: Keary Taylor
Release Date: April 30, 2012
Getting drunk homecoming night your senior year is never a good idea, but Jake Hayes never expected it all to end with a car crash and a t-post embedded in his throat.
His biggest regret about it all? What he never said to Samantha Shay. He's been in love with her for years and never had the guts to tell her. Now it's too late. Because after that night, Jake will never be able to talk again.
When Jake returns to his small island home, population 5,000, he'll have to learn how to deal with being mute. He also finds that his family isn't limited to his six brothers and sisters, that sometimes an entire island is watching out for you. And when he gets the chance to spend more time with Samantha, she'll help him learn that not being able to talk isn’t the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Maybe, if she'll let him, Jake will finally tell her what he didn't say before, even if he can't actually say it.
It was heart warming, touching, and just a show of really good faith on people in general. With the book set on a small island away from mainland chaos it really shows that your family is a lot bigger than the people you live with. There were sacrifices, triumphs and general goodness all around. Sure there was a little spitefulness but isn't there always. Someone is always jealous of something they can't have.
The story was great, we meet Jake which seems like an all around good guy who is in love with this girl who he can't seem to admit it to. One night him and his friends drink too much decide to go tell her this and get into an accident while trying to avoid a deer. So turns out that because of this accident Jake's vocal chords were shredded and had to be taken out of him body for him to survive. This leaves him as a mute and completely at a loss. he can either take the high road and not let this affect him or he can just go into a depression and forget about everything and everyone. Luckily he chooses the highroad.
Being that he chose the highroad, things start going well for him. He begins to spend more time with the girl he's in love with, Sam, and learns more about her everyday. Not all of it good, as she has her very own sad story to tell. Of course there is a girl in school who is jealous of their new found relationship as she has wanted Jake forever, so there is a moment where she tries to sabotage them but even through that they prevail.
Overall it was a really great book and touching. I could not imagine going mute and not being able to speak or tell the person you love that you love them. It must be very difficult and they showed a very good way of dealing with it. Just because you can't do something that you used to be able to do so well does not mean that your life is over. Keep on going, things will work out.
Cover: I have to comment on the cover because even though it's cute it's not what I expected them to look like but I guess I kind of see it.
Very good story with meaningful values to it - check it out.
I received this book from NetGalley and Keary Taylor, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!