Thursday, August 2, 2012

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

What I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor, ebook edition book cover

What I Didn't Say
by Keary Taylor

Genre: YA, contemporary
Editions available: Paperback, Kindle, ebook
Publisher: Createspace / Keary Taylor
Date published: May 6, 2012
Source: Netgalley (approved by the author;

Summary (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 Thoughts:

I've missed reading contemporary that's why I had my full concentration and excitement with this one. What I Didn't Say was told by Jake Hayes'--male protagonist--POV--another reason why I'm psyched to read this. I have read books with a guy's POV (alternate with the girl's) but this is the first novel with a guy's POV for the entire book I've read. And it's really cool.

I love the way I'm into a guy's mind, for a change, but sometimes it's kinda weird to think of a girl to adore. LOL. I LOVE Jake. He's this rare stick-to-one guy (especially in high school) and easy to like. What happened to him was unimaginable and heartbreaking. Although it really helped him change for the better and the people around him.

There's a lot to love about this book. First, the characters. I told you already that Jake is hard not to (especially what he's done after the after the accident). Samantha is another main character to love. She's independent and hard-working; a definite role model. I also love Jake's family Taylor created. They are helpful, kind and loving.

Another to love--I loved--about this is the story. It's not your average YA contemporary. What I Didn't Say is a story about standing up again from a fall and mistake, loving and appreciating the people around you--especially your family--and every single blessing that you are receiving everyday, believing in yourself and having the guts to say what you're wanted dying to say.

I'm so lucky to get approved of this book, read and share it to all of you. I really enjoyed it and loved every single of it. I loved the combination of teen romance and the meaningful messages of this book to the readers, young or not. And this book made me want more from Keary Taylor.


This is YA contemporary with romance, real-life issues and moral lesson that I sure know readers or not of the genre will love. To all of you!

Book cover comment/s:

Couldn't they be more sweeter? Awww.


  1. Hi Michelle,
    Great review. Thanks for the connect on Book Blogs. I'm now following your blog, Twitter, and FB. It's a pleasure to meet you.

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  3. Just started following your blog. Love to read but it interferes with my crafting, haha.

  4. This sounds good. I like reading Contemporary.
    Great Review! :)

    1. If you like contemp, then you should read this! ;)

  5. Thanks for the follow. I am following you as Goldenpen4

  6. I'm loving contemporary this year, and this sounds like a great one! I haven't read many male POVs, but LOVED Ashfall by Mike Mullin, so if you haven't read that one, you should totally look into it! Great review. :)

    Randi @ Cardigans, Coffee and Bookmarks

    1. Ashfall seems a great read. I added it on my GR tbr, thanks for recommending!


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