Title: What I Didn't Say
Author: Keary Taylor | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website
Publication Date: April 30 2012
Length: 336 Pages
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Source: Purchased (Kindle Edition)
Cover Love: Love it, so cute and perfect for the story.
Point of View: 1st person, following Jake
My Rating: 5 Stars
The first thing that drew me to What I didn't say was the cover, then the synopsis... I was hooked after that. I knew that there was no way that I would not be reading this book. It sounded unique, intriguing, it was a male point of view (which I love) and I couldn't wait to start.
Jake. I simply adored him. He was believable and very much real. I was curious to see how Jake would handle the life altering change that he has been forced upon him. It would be easy to curl into a ball and let life pass you by. What makes Jake so believable are his actions. I not only understood, but I felt every emotion as he was feeling it. Nothing felt forced, or out of place, and I never felt like it was made over the top dramatic for creative purposes. So yeah, he just felt real.
And swoonworthy is not even starting to cover it. He is so very sweet, and it would be impossible not to fall for him. I have always said that the male point of view is my favorite, and this is yet another prime example as to why that is the case. The writing draws you in, and it was a joy to be inside Jake's head.
Samantha/Sam. Loved her. She handled Jake's situation perfectly. She never let him dwell on what happened, and she always pushed him further than what he thought should be allowed in his type of situation. She challenged him and that is exactly what he needed. She also made him realize that there are worse things than never being able to speak again.
Jake's family was perfect. I loved that he had so many brothers and sisters, and his parents were kind and affectionate. So many Young Adult novels now a days have the dysfunctional family unit. It is almost as if that is a prerequisite for the genre. It was a breath of fresh air to read this story and to see a loving and caring family that stuck together through everything.
Another thing that made me love What I Didn't Say, is that it is not only about Jake and his accident. Sam is going through something herself, and I loved that. It brought a further depth to the story, and one that I wasn't expecting. The setting of the story is also a huge positive. They live on Orcas Island, which is in the Pacific Northwest. Before my husband and I moved to England, we had been wanting to relocate to the Seattle area. As I was reading, I kept pulling up photos of the island, and it truly made me jealous. Keary Taylor made me want to pack up and move there tomorrow. It looks and sounds a magnificent place.
So, if you haven't guessed by now, I would strongly recommend What I Didn't Say. There is a real story to be told here, and it would be a shame for you to miss it. You come away really thinking about your actions, and questioning the importance placed on certain aspects of your life. I also recommend that you read the notes from the author at the end of the book. You can see what difficulties she herself has had to live through, I found it very touching.