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{November 27, 2012}   {Review} What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor

13366929From Goodreads: 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.


This story is extremely touching and heartbreaking.  I was pulled in by the synopsis and knew I just had to read it, and let me tell you, it was phenomenal!  Jake is your average high school senior, a sports player with many friends, who, like the average senior, attends a party with said friends.  This party happens to have alcohol, and, as you already know from the synopsis, things don’t end so well for Jake.  What I like about this novel is that it bares Jake’s soul as he wrestles with his newfound inability.  It doesn’t sugar coat anything, and even though, at times, the reader really does want to shake Jake and tell him to get on with his life, to look at all the good around him, in reality, it’s not so easy, and I think Taylor did an amazing job bringing that to the forefront of her novel.

I loved Samantha.  She understands what Jake is going through, and she not only gives him the space in order to deal with his anger, but she also gives him numerous chances.  It’s not easy dealing with an accident that changes your life, and it’s certainly not easy bearing witness to someone who is struggling to find their way out of the darkness.  This novel is extremely well done, and I absolutely loved it.  This is a must read!  Five stars.

5 stars

The author has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read a copy of this novel, via Netgalley.


Nice review!
I was intrigued by the blur and even so after I read your review.
Young adults is a new genre for me and I only read several, also I have some on my TBR list but I never read a contemporary one yet. Hopefully, What I Didn’t Say would be the next addition to my list and it won’t disappoint :)

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