Well, um, wow. This was a heartbreaking, yet somehow heart-warming
novel. Keary Taylor wrote an unbelievable story about a young boy losing
everything in a matter of minutes because of silly decisions. I loved this book
a lot and I was a blubbering mess by the end of it!!
Jake Hayes has everything he wants. He has a big happy
family, great friends, a solid future and a crazy crush on Samantha Shay. But
one tiny mistake took everything away; his future, slowly his friends, and his
voice. His one regret? Not telling Sam
how he feels because now he never will. What
I Didn’t Say is about Jake learning how to deal with his accident and lack
of vocal chords, and slowly becoming closer and closer to Samantha Shay.
I thought Jake was a good main character. He knew what he
wanted to do, he was focused and sensible. He wasn’t a typical YA male
character. He was thoughtful, kind and sweet and he actually cared about his
family and, of course, Sam.
I loved Sam. She was focused and independent. After Jake’s
accident, she was kind and didn’t pry. She allowed him to have a shoulder to
lean on. Sam wasn’t shallow or slutty nor was she popular or a loner. She was
happy to be Samantha Shay: The smartest girl in school.
Jake and Sam’s relationship was genuine. You could feel the
chemistry between them straight away. They were a good match for each other! I
think many girls would be envious of the relationship Jake and Sam had. Jake
was a pretty cool boyfriend, even though he couldn’t talk.
This book was obviously a work of fiction, but the author
made it seem very real and personal. I was touched by this wonderful story. The
writing was great, the romance was brilliant and the plot was perfect. I am
extremely glad I bought this book, it was totally worth it.