Monday, August 27, 2012

What I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor

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.

First line:
"There were three things that I knew for sure about Orcas Island:"

What would you do if you made a stupid decision that cost you your voice? That is what happened to Jake Hayes. 
This story is from Jake's point of view. He goes through hard times, makes life altering choices and learns that others can have a worse life than him.
Plus, service helps you think out side of yourself.
Jake has had a crush on Sam for years. He never got to tell her he loved her. Now that he's a mute, he won't get the chance. 
Jake went through the normal phases of hating himself, feeling sorry for himself, loving life, understanding more about himself, serving others, loving someone and getting hurt by that someone.
Some of the events were a little unrealistic to me but they worked to drive the tension up.
The focus of this story is very much on the teen romance and the effect decisions have on our lives.
Don't drink and drive!

V: No
L: A few words
S: kissing, making out,

Hard issues that shouldn't happen to teens
Jake's family

Kinda lost one of the characters

3 1/2 STARS

Thanks to Netgalley!

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