What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor : Book Review

Storyline Rating : 4/5 stars

Brief Summary from Goodreads :

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.

My Point of View :

The chapters in this book always begins with an epigraph that is in a form of some sort of count down, which is something I really like about this book. The first few chapters alternates between the past and present. The past – Jake describes how and when he started to fall for Sam. And the present – Jake’s “accident” happened and how his relationship with Sam started and progresses.

I did tear up a bit when I found out Jake lost his voice from the accident which in my opinion, is his fault (probably Carter’s and Rain’s too) for being drunk in the first place and drive while being drunk….. I do pity him for not being able to talk, imagine not being able to talk forever when you can’t even stop talking for a day, even when you tried too, but maybe this accident is something Jake have to go through so that he could get closer with Sam….well, you never know what fate has in store for you.

The part where Sam revealed that her mother already died kinda shock me. It certainly wasn’t something I expected. It is also a shock that she is living alone and barely living, really….barely living as in barely enough to eat to get through the day. And that’s where our hero, Jake comes in, Sam told Jake everything and that’s where Jake and Sam’s relationship really started! I love how attentive Jake is, and how he realized he, who have everything from family and friends but not his voice, is able surrounded by love and warmth but Sam, who have her voice but nothing else is trying her best to get through her life isn’t surrounded with love and warmth that he had.

Overall, its a nice book to read but maybe Jake and Sam’s relationship progress a little to fast and the way Jake’s parents accepted Sam is also a little too fast.
P.S. The names, Rain and River confuses me throughout the whole story….can’t see to differentiate between the two unless there’s a “he” or “she” word present. (*laughs*)

Favorite Quote : None from this book.


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