Title: What I didn't Say
Author: Keary Taylor
Publication date: April 30th 2012
My rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by: Jasprit
What I didn’t Say is the heart felt story of Jake, who’s been in love with Sam since the first day of freshman year. For the last three years she’s always been on his mind, when he sits next to her in class he gets that warm zingy feeling and last summer he was sure she was flirting back, but then when school re-started again, Sam went back to how she was before; acting like a good friend. Jake has wanted to tell her how’s he felt, but never had the courage to do so. But out one night at a party, he’s finally had enough he’s decided it’s time to tell her the truth. May be it’s the alcohol talking, but Jake doesn’t care. So Jake piles into his friend Carter’s car about to make a monumental decision in his life but slightly worse for wear. However what was meant to be a life changing opportunity quickly goes downhill, with Carter crashing the car. Rain and Carter, Jake’s friends are left with a few cuts and bruises, but Jake’s left with the worst of it; he’s damaged his vocal chords so bad that he won’t be able to talk again, he feels like his hearts been stomped on, as his chance of telling Sam how he feels has been crushed, but not only that his dreams of joining the air force has also been shattered. What’s a guy like Jake to do?
It was truly heart wrenching at times watching Jake struggle without his voice, always scrambling around for a note book and pen. And no-one could actually really know how he felt. It was a lonely period for him, being cooped up with his thoughts and feelings all the time and only being able to let them out on a bit of paper.
I think Taylor did a fantastic job with What I didn’t Say, parts of the story could be a bit predictable and clichéd, but she allowed us to fully get into the mind of Jake and understood how he was feeling. I enjoyed getting to know his character by reading about his feelings, and the inner struggle and turmoil within him. But I also liked the path his book went down it wasn’t full with self-pity, regret or abandoning hope. But acceptance, accepting what life has thrown at you, and using it as a way to move forward in life.
What made this book even more realistic was the fact that this story was based on the author’s personal experience and something close to her heart.
Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.