Sunday, 2 September 2012

What I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor

"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."


The overall feel that I got from this book was to be grateful for what you have, and appreciate your friends and family, because you never know how quickly things might change. This book left a great impression on the way I view certain things, and it was certainly a great eye-opener.

I loved Jake as a character. I really felt for him and can’t imagine what he must have been going through. And when we discover certain things surrounding Sam, my heart nearly broke! Both characters somehow remain such lovely people even after everything they go through, and that’s what I really liked about them.

I also just want to mention Jake’s family - I loved them all! I have never read about a more supportive, kind or loving family. They were always there for Jake, and supported him through all his troubles.
The setting was also believable – a small island, a close knit community, a culture separate from many others. It was great to read about a place so secluded and yet so individual.

The ending, in my eyes, was perfect. I can’t imagine how it could have ended any differently. Loved it!

Overall, I would give this book a 4/5 stars. Sometimes the pacing lagged a little, but otherwise, it’s perfect. Thanks again to NetGalley and Keary Taylor for giving me the opportunity to read and love this book!

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