Sunday, July 22, 2012

What I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor

What I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor
Release Date: April 30, 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace

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 book really grabbed me from the very first page and never let go until I read the last.  I loved that the author chose to tackle such a serious issue as teenage drunk driving, and didn't flinch away from highlighting some of the horrible consequences that can result from it.  This book can hit you hard with the realities of what can happen if anyone, not just a teen, chooses to either drive, or get into the car with another driver who has been drinking.  Jake's life will never be the same because of it.

As difficult as this was for Jake though, I really loved how brave he was throughout.  He went through moments of feeling a little sorry for himself, which I think was only natural, but for the most part, he was so strong.  I found him to be such an admirable character because of this.  He is more concerned with Samantha, getting to know her, and getting close to her.

Samantha was aslo a strong character.  Without revealing her secret and giving some of the story away, let me just say that I was amazed by her bravery too.  Although their circumstances were different, it seems like being brave in the face of adversity was a common theme in this story with both of these characters.  The author did such a great job handling these topics with sensitivity, and I loved their interactions together as they worked through these things and their relationship grew.

The romance was sweet and endearing.  I loved how much Jake wanted to take care of Samantha.  This was a simple, straight-forward, romantic book with a couple great life lessons.  And the author presented it beautifully.  The pacing was perfect, and the story literally flew by for me.  I loved it.



  1. This has been on my to read list for a while. I'm glad to see you liked it. It seems like such a cute story and now getting the extra info, I'm especially excited to read it.

  2. Wow, I've never heard of this book before but it sounds amazing!
    Book Sniffers Anonymous

  3. Miss Knight, it was really good, and it certainly was cute. It also had a really awesome serious side too though.

    Kristin, if you like Pushing the Limits on your blog...if you liked that, you'd love What I Didn't Say.


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