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Review~ What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor

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Review~ What I Didn’t Say by Keary TaylorWhat I didn't Say
by Keary Taylor
Published by Createspace
Release date : April 30th 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Source: Purchased | Format: eBook
Purchase at: Amazon (Affiliate Link)
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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.

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*I read and reviewed this book because of you. Pick it for me Freebie Reads #2 winner. Thanks to ALL who voted!*


Not only was this one the winner of the Freebie Pick– it is also one of the titles I chose for my TBR Reading Challenge. So, two birds with one stone, right!?

After a night of drinking, Jake and his friends are in a car accident. Jake, suffering the most injuries, had severe damage to his wind pipe and as a result, is now mute. His life is drastically changed but the one thing he regrets most, is not telling Samantha Shay that he loves her.

This book is so emotional. I loved that we get a look into Jake’s life before the accident and small glimpses too after the accident happened. The chapter titles were cute too! I don’t read many male POV, for no reason in particular, but I rather enjoyed his voice. His community is small and it was so sweet how the whole island was there to support him. Aside from the emotional factor, I can’t help but point out that his has some underlining meaning here. It’s pretty obvious.

Jake is such a brave and sweet kid. I could only imagine how horrible it would be to have all your dreams crushed they way his were. I don’t like pity parties but his grief and small tendency to slip into depression is almost a given. He didn’t stay there though; he always picked himself back up. He’s selfless, honest and loyal. It was so cute how he was always nervous around Samantha. Their relationship was so cute and just.. sweet.

To be quite honest here- I was rather disappointed that the story didn’t focus solely on Jake. Samantha’s story – or life rather- consumes the plot after we discover her secret. We see Jake help, support and comfort Samantha, which shows how selfless he really is. I just didn’t like the fact everything pretty much revolved around HER and HER life. His sole thoughts were on Samantha. Which is fine– but since we knew Jake’s initial dreams and goals, he never really thought about what he was going do after the accident. It’s almost like his life was put on hold to save her.

Overall- I really liked it! This book gave me the feels. Intense, cute and beautiful story. I recommend it.


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3 responses to “Review~ What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor

  1. Natalie (@NatflixandBooks)

    Wow. You’d never think that this book was about something so serious based on the cover. I like that it deals with the whole community trying to help him out, but it’s a bummer that the focus shifts to much to the girl. This doesn’t really sound like my cup of tea, but I’m glad you enjoyed it overall. Great review!
    -Natalie @Natflix&Books

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