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Review of What I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor

by - May 06, 2012

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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There's only one possible word I can use for this story. CUTE! It was so cute. Despite dealing with a few tough subjects, like Jake's accident and Sam's living situation, Keary managed to write in a lot of happy moments and a lot of concentrating on the good stuff, making this story a perfect summer read.

Jake has been pining for Sam for most of his school life by the looks of things and I could feel the tension in the air when he decided, drunkenly, 'Yeah! I'm going to go tell Sam I love her!' As this was at the beginning of the book, I just knew that BAD THINGS were going to happen very soon. And they did. Jake gets his vocal cords ripped out and descends into depression. Very breifly. Then goes back to school and guess who's going to be teaching him ASL? Oh yes.
Sam's story surprised me. I was expecting there to be something going on with her but I didn't guess just what it was. It really added a lot of tension in the book and brought Jake and Sam together a lot more. I really felt sorry for her and what she had to deal with and I could completely understand why she got so annoyed with Jake for moping about not having a voice, as frustating as it may be!

I loved the ending. It was perfect and wrapped everything up really well without making me feel like I NEEDED another chapter in their story. There were sweet moments, soppy moments and funny moments and I'd definitely like to see a copy of this on my shelf.


Received free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. Glad you enjoyed it, Vickie! I got this from Netgalley the other day too and I'm hoping to get to it sometime next week. Great review!

  2. Wow, this sounds really, really good! I need to read it asap :) Great review!!


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