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  1. says:

    If you know me on GR, you know I usually don t read YA books Not because they re necessarily unenjoyable or not well written, simply because I can t always relate to the high school drama and immaturity That being said, this story received great reviews and ratings so I decided, in my constant search for something different , to take the plunge I am very grateful I did.Jake Hayes and his large family live on a small island off the coast of Washington state The community is tight knit and no one does anything without EVERYONE knowing Samantha, Sam is the new girl at school and catches Jake s eye right off the bat She s smart, she s beautiful and Jake doesn t know how and is too scared to tell her about the deep feelings he s beginning to develop for her One night, after a party involving alcohol, Jake makes a horribile decision and gets into a truck driven by an equally drunk driver That choice changes his life forever as the accident drives a t post into his neck, ripping out his vocal chords Weeks later and lucky to be alive, Jake reluctantly returns to school without his voice and with the horrific scars on his neck, as a constant reminder Jake thinks his life is over His love for flying, playing sports and even going into the Airforce has been permanently ripped away However, his love for Samantha remains, and to his surprise, he finds she can offer a talent he didn t know she possessed to help his disability Sam s living situation, however, is a different story Her life has been going steadily downhill since her mother s illness The weight on her shoulders and her commitment to keep her grades up, leaves devastating affects on her physical appearance Soon everyone notices and unfortunately for Sam, things are going to get a whole lot worse Suddenly, for Jake, his life changing accident dosen t seem so tragic This book seriously surprised me I wasn t expecting so much poignancy and depth My GR friend, Karla, said it perfectly when she responded to one of my status updates while reading this story by saying, It kind of punches you in the gut, dosen t it Wow, does it ever I m actually thinking this book should be required reading for all high school students It s witty, it s tragic, it s heart wrenching, and it s a.b.s.o.l.u.t.e.l.y lovely


  2. says:

    So when life seems impossible, when it seems so bad that you can t go on, just stop for a second to take a look at all of the things that you do have I bet the list will grow pretty fast And even if it doesn t, you have the power to decide if you re going to let the bad or the good take control of your life.SOMETIMES WE NEED A LOUD WAKE UP CALL FOR US TO MAKE CHANGES FOR THE BETTERI LOVED THIS BOOK 5 Stars What a great story I went into this book expecting a total tear fest The blurb called to me and I mentally prepared myself for heartache Surprisingly, this book was not as depressing as it could have been I was actually feeling uplifted Face it I love books that go from great tragedy to triumphant end.this book was a great change of pace.it was a constant UPPPP..a constant YESSSS Monumental triumphs and a huge in your face to sobfest Nobody is trial free, but we have a choice We can choose to allow our experiences to hold us back, and to not allow us to become great or achieve greatness in this life Or we can allow our experiences to push us forward, to make us grateful for every day we have and to be all the thankful for those who are around us Elizabeth SmartI loved so many things about this book I loved that this book was told from Jake s point of view Love that he kept a journal and I had the privilege to read his most intimate thoughts It had finally taken nearly getting decapitated for Samantha to finally really notice me I didn t even say, or rather write or wave good bye as she gave me one sad look and left, closing the door behind her.My biggest regret is what I didn t sayGuess that should teach me a lesson about procrastination or something, right About not putting the really important things in life off Life can be pretty cruel sometimes Jake had such a wonderful family and support system I was so relieved that he was not outcasted or made the freak show of his school I saw myself giving his family a string of high fives. and do the football cheerwhile leading Jake to victory of adjusting to his new life with no voice Samantha s story just about wrecked me Damn I wanted to just throw a hedge of protection around her My mama bear came out in full force over her story trying to protect this little cub Jake s situation seem trivial compared to Samantha s trials I was perfectly clear eyed until certain parts of her story Then the dam broke This girl rocked They both couldn t say it.but they both showed it.and I loved reading about it.and getting attacked by book butterflies image error


  3. says:

    This was such a touching and heartwarming story I loved it After getting drunk at a party one night, high school student, Jake, gets in to a truck with his two friends This is completely out of character for Jake, he s always listened to his parents when it came to drinking, but after the excitement of winning a game, he ignores their advice and has a few beers too many Jake has had a long time crush on Sam, the school braniac, and he s never told her Being egged on by his buddies, Jake is convinced to go to Sam s house to declare his undying love Liquid courage makes this seem like a good idea, and they all pile in a truck and head over there They end up in an accident leaving Jake with his vocal cords ripped out and him being permanently mute Jakes whole life is turned upside down His plans for after high school are ruined When Jake returns to school he finds it a surprise that, Sam of all people, has been working closely with the principal to reconfigure his classes to best suit his current needs Sam and Jake begin to get close, and he starts to see that Sam has secrets and sadness of her own Jake finds out that his life might be bad, but others may have it worse This had me crying in parts, yet this wasn t a depressing story Jake struggles with his situation Here s what he has to say There s a lot of times when I almost feel like I m trapped inside of myself Like if I don t talk or yell or scream, or laugh I m going to explode A lot of the time it almost feels like I m suffocating I can t even imagine Jake could easily drown in despair but I love how his family and friends rally around him, and show him love and normalcy This story was sooo sweet and it had so many important lessons It underscored the need to be grateful for what we have Also, I loved how it showed how much helping someone else, can pick you up Being needed by someone you love, and being able to help them is a satisfying feeling This is where Jake and Sam bring out the best in each other There is no frustrating love triangle, yes The romance is a build up and oh, so, sweet Jake is head over heels for this girl I d developed crushes on other girls, sure, over the last three years But it always came back to Samantha Shay Always Jake and Sam have a bumpy road to recovery and love, but watching them take the journey was so enjoyable I couldn t write this review without mentioning the note the author leaves us with at the end She shares something very personal, and I just want to say I m so glad she did It makes this book even special knowing her experience Thank you to Keary Taylor and Netgalley for allowing me to read this story


  4. says:

    2.5 stars I think I m in the minority here when I say I didn t love this book I liked it, it was cute, but I had some issues with it that really got under my skin First of all, my main qualm is that people who lose their vocal cords do not only have the option of writing things down, sign language, or being mute That is just silly and not well researched Now I m going to get all dorky on you Goodreads Fair warning Citing Wikipedia, following a laryngectomy when a person has their larynx, the voice box that houses the vocal cords damaged or removed from illness person has the following options 1 Voice functions are generally replaced with a voice prosthesis placed in the tracheo esophageal puncture created by the surgeon The voice prosthesis is a one way air valve that allows air to pass from the lungs trachea to the esophagus when the patient covers the stoma The redirected air vibrates the esophageal tissue producing a hoarse voice in lieu of the larynx 2 A second method is the use of an electrolarynx An electrolarynx is an external device that is placed against the neck and creates vibration that the speaker then articulates The sound has been characterized as mechanical and robotic 3 A third method is called esophageal speech The speaker pushes air into the esophagus and then pushes it back up, articulating speech sounds to speak This method is time consuming and difficult to learn and is seldom used by laryngectomees Okay, I know the book didn t have to go into any of this detail but I would have liked maybe some discussion of his options He may have not opted to do any of those things but it irked me that they just were like hey, you re mute Get used to it Similarly, why couldn t Jake take Spanish class He can t write in Spanish Should he not take English classes as well That makes no sense Maybe he would have to drop a public speaking class but anything else just is silly And further aggravating to me Moving on I also didn t like the lack of heat between the characters There was was no passion there It was like a deep friendship to me It didn t have to be x rated but a little umph would have been nice He was also so virginal that it didn t seem realistic Most 18 year old guys would be trying to make moves left and right He was very restrained I didn t respond well to that Well, after all that bashing, I did enjoy that story I thought the scene setting was well done and the writing was good It just didn t surprise me at all, and I didn t connect with it as much as I wanted to.


  5. says:

    4 Stars Tragic, yet wonderful I read this last week, and can t stop thinking about it I needed a few days to get my thoughts together Some of these YA books have such an emotional impact, and in this case it has to do with the fact that it s told from Jake s point of view So, as he s experiencing these life changing events, you feel them right along with him You are not an outsider looking in, you become Jake It was downright overwhelming, bowled me over Jake has liked Samantha since his freshman year, but the two of them have only flirted and skirted around their attraction for one another, but never acted upon it However, he notices at the start of their senior year that she has become somewhat distant So, on the urging of his friends, Carter and Rain, he decides to declare his love to Sam, before he loses her forever Problem is, they ve been partying and shouldn t be driving, but they do, and it becomes the biggest regret of Jake s life He wakes up in the hospital and when he does, I felt like chokingI knew what was coming, but it was still like a punch in the gut and I could barely breathe I m afraid we weren t able to save your vocal chords You re not going to be able to talk again And so, Jake s journey into his voiceless world begins One of his first thoughts upon hearing this devastating news is that he never told Samantha that he loved her I know you re probably thinking, why would that be what matter to him the most BUT when you re seventeen, or for that matter anyone who s suffered a trauma, you think about the strangest things He s young and in love, so I got it Of course he has other thoughts going through his mind and I felt all his pain and confusion as he struggled to move ahead without a voice I loved how Jake s family and friends rallied around him, and in due time he realizes that they are struggling right along with him He is encouraged to learn sign language, but primarily uses note books to communicate his paper voice He has moments of self pity, understandably so Samantha becomes one of his biggest supporters and when she reveals to him the events that have changed her life, it becomes his mission to save and protect her It s also his light bulb moment he might have lost his ability to speak, but he is than his voice He has loving family, great friends and a community that care about him The story is told as a timeline, with Jake counting down the days to specific events As your reading, check out the chapter headings and see how they change throughout the book, they speak volumes This is my first read from this author, but I will definitely look into her other books, I loved her writing style An afterthought I don t know if you ever take time to read the author s notes, but I find myself doing this and Sometimes it will give you a warning about the book s content, the inspiration for writing the book, or possibly events in the author s own life that motivated them to put pen to paper Such is the case with Keary Taylor So, if you read the book, take a moment to read her story and you will see how her own experience allowed her to express Jake s feelings so poignantly.


  6. says:

    What I Didn t Say is a captivating, emotional story We follow the story through Jake s point of view as he comes to term with the consequences of his actions After getting drunk with some friends one night and getting into a car accident, Jake s life is changed forever No longer able to speak, he must learn how to come to terms with his disability and communicate again, not only with his family but with the rest of the world as well Through the story we watch Jake grow, although he does have setbacks, and he also learns that he s not the only one with problems Enter Sam Jake had been crushing on Samantha since she first moved to their town As the two become closer, Jake learns that, although she appears perfect on the outside, she is struggling with her own troubles I enjoyed watching the changing dynamics of Jake s life and his relationship with Sam I think this story was all the powerful because it could be true Everything that happened to Jake could happen to any teen today in real life.


  7. says:

    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 clich d, 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 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.This review and can also be found on my blog The Readers Den


  8. says:

    I m done I m just so done.Lately, apparently, I ve been drawn to books where the main character has some kind of disability There was Seraphina where the main character was half human, half dragon and disfigured with scales, and then there was Sight Unseen, a promising m m romance that ended up just being just an offending mess to all blind people at least in the opinion of this sighted person.So, naturally, when I saw this book about a boy who loses his ability to speak, I was intrigued Remembering the Buffy episode Hush and how forced silence was used to enhance communication between couples, I was hoping for the best That Jake s inability to use speech would squash the telling and do wonders for the showing I was sorely disappointed In fact, I believe the only part where showing was appropriately used was in the detailing of Jake s accident that led to the loss of his vocal chords Quite literally That s what not bothered me, the location of the hospital he was taken to did Seattle Oh, well, I thought Other people can write books set in the general area too, and it s not like they lived in there Jake and his family lived outside of Seattle on an island name of which I can t remember right now Then there was Jake s obsession with Air Force and joining up right after graduation, and his unrequited love for Samantha Shay, the good girl student with an absent mother and a father who d walked out of their lives many a year ago All something I could ignore and blame on genre clich s.Then there were the things that I didn t like and that brought down the impending rating There was the mockery of school assembly or forced AA meeting for teens, the casual slut shaming, the dismissal of language studies because he can t speak it apparently means he can t read or write let alone hear and understand another tongue And there was the overall quality of writing, which found poor and lacking All things that frayed my nerves until I read that line It felt like currents of electricity were running through the two of us That was one clich too many At 45%, I m done I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.


  9. says:

    What I didn t say is a very inspiring and heartwarming story I wanted to scream as I stood there, my toes hanging over the edge of the dock I wanted to let a gut wrenching howl rip from my disfigured throat toward those clouded skies I wanted to say every swear word my mother had ever taught me not to say.I would have settled for a cut off whimper, just as long as some kind of sound came from my lips One stupid mistakes changes everything. when Jake got into accident and loose his vocal cords on the night that he grow some balls to tell Samantha his feelings Since then things were never be the same with Jake Not being able to talk sucks There s no doubt about that There s a lot of times when I almost feel like I m trapped inside of myself Like if I don t talk or yell or scream or laugh I m going to explode A lot of the time it almost feels like I m suffocating As the things goes by Samantha and Jake became close friends but the thing is Jake didn t know things about Sam that this girl is carrying a lot baggage in life until one night he found out her secrets The journey of two people falling in love and learning things about life. The first thing you will learn about reading this is that the story will inspires you in a lot of ways and that we should be grateful to the things we have in life Honestly I m a bit teary eyed reading this. touches my hearth about this girl Sam Such a great read and love everything about it It was perfect moments like that that made all the bad ones worth living through.


  10. says:

    Here I m again, with my all time I ll try not to give 5 stars to every book that make me cry problem At the end I always manage not to listen to myself I know that a lot of you won t agree with me about this book and yes true, maybe it doesn t deserve 5 stars and maybe the writing could ve been better and so on But I enjoyed in this book and that s the only thing that matters It s hard to say anything about the story as too much is said in the summary If you, like me, don t read blurbs then you ll be surprised or better said shocked, again as me, when you find out about the accident Jake is like any other senior year student He plays football, hangs out with his friend and thinks about his future Everything seemed normal until the accident He thinks that for him everything is over, because he is not like normal people again He is mute Only after one person shows him her real self and everything she bares on her shoulders he will understand that not being able to talk isn t the worst thing that could ever happen to you.So this is story about teenagers and all the stupid decisions they make, all the doubts they have and all the words and actions that they re afraid to say or make This is also the story about life At the end this is the story that will made you consider your actions and maybe change your views That s why I m putting this book on my YA Saves Reading Challenge NOTE Copy of this book is provided by publisher via NetGalley Thank you.I m not paid for writing review I do this for free as a lover of written word All opinions in this review are personal


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What I Didn't Say summary pdf What I Didn't Say, summary chapter 2 What I Didn't Say, sparknotes What I Didn't Say, What I Didn't Say d763928 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 ThroatHis 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 AgainWhen Jake Returns To His Small Island Home, Population ,, 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 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

  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • What I Didn't Say
  • Keary Taylor
  • English
  • 11 September 2019
  • 9781475156454

About the Author: Keary Taylor

Keary Taylor is the USA TODAY bestselling author of over twenty novels She grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love She now splits her time between a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest and Utah, with her husband and their two children She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequen