Review: What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor

Posted 4 September, 2012 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: What I Didn’t Say by Keary TaylorWhat I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor
Publisher: Createspace on April 30, 2012
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 326
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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.
Favorite Quote(s):

“No matter what life brought us, we’d always have each other.”

“My biggest regret is what I didn’t say…”

Favorite Character: My favorite character would have to be Jake. I loved seeing him grow and develop into a much better person, and I loved seeing him learn from his mistakes, as well as take the consequences of them in stride.
First Line: 

“There were three things that I knew for sure about Orcas Island: One: The people here were generally weird.

My Musings: Wow. This was a very interesting book! At first I was skeptical…I thought that this book was going to be super sappy and cliche. The concept o the novel was peculiar. Getting hit in the throat by a t-post and surviving? The only terrible thing being losing your voice? The likelihood of that is slim–which gave the novel a slightly unrealistic feel.

Despite that, I enjoyed it. It had been on my Kindle app for about a month now after I received it from NetGalley. I started reading it about 3 weeks ago. The beginning of it, however, did not keep me very engaged, which is a con. But, about halfway through the novel, things began to get interesting.

One thing I liked was that it was written from the boy’s point of view. I find this unique, as I have not read many novels like this. It was cool to see the vulnerability and lack of self confidence in a boy. I am so used to seeing all the weaknesses in the girl character, it was nice to see the reality of bad things happening to guys as well. I loved seeing Jake grow as a person, and loved seeing him persevere through his troubles. I liked that he put aside his problems for the better of others, and I felt that he grew tremendously in this way. I also liked Sam’s character. She’s headstrong and independent-more than she should had to have been. I loved seeing her soften over the course of the book. The characters were easy to fall in love with, and they all had distinct personalities–even the supporting characters like Rain and River.

The writing was, although simple, engaging. The characters really stuck with me. This novel has taught me a valuable lesson: Although something bad may happen to you, be grateful for the things you have, because there is always someone worse off than you. It was not perfect, but this was a very touching novel, and I recommend it to any and everyone. This novel has the power to teach you valuable things, and it just may shape you into a better person.

3.5 Stars

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