Author: Keary Taylor
Publisher: Create Space
Publish Date: April 30, 2012
Genre: YA, Contemporary
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.
Jake has it all. It’s his senior year of high school, the world is at his feet and the future lies ahead of him in an endless map of opportunity. Plus, there’s the girl in school that’s loved for eternity, and he thinks it might just be time for him to tell her. In an instant though, Jake’s entire future is thrown to the wind. In one rash decision, Jake gets drunk, gets in the car with a very drunk driver and they crash violently. In an instant, Jake’s future is one hundred percent different. His life is a gift, and while he’s lucky to be alive, he’s lost his voice forever. There are so many things he didn’t say while he had the chance though – including telling Sam he loves her – and now he never will.
Guys, I’ve been reading Keary Taylor’s novels for a while now, and I love her take on the paranormal. She has a rich, engaging writing style that is both emote and vivid, luring the reader into her web. So, naturally, I was thrilled to have the chance to try her take on contemporary. What I Didn’t Say is a powerhouse novel hidden in an overflowing genre. Rife with tension, this book will shatter your heart into a thousand little pieces then slowly piece it back together again. With careful, deliberate emotion and endless dramatic reality, we’re given two very broken characters and are allowed the opportunity to watch both put their lives back together again.
To be honest, I was completely blown away by What I Didn’t Say. If you’re like me and are on the fence, I advise you to hop off and read this one. I give it a 4.5 out of 5, and I highly recommend it to all fans of YA fiction, especially those who enjoy issue-driven contemporary fiction.
I received this book free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.