What I Didn't Say

What I Didn t Say 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 W

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 beGetting 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 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.

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  1. Keary Taylor is the USA TODAY bestselling author of over a dozen 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 frequently keeps her up at night.Please Note Keary does not check very often, so the best way to get in contact is directly through email me kearytaylor.

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  1. 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 [...]

  2. 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 lifeMETIMES 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 a [...]

  3. 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 convi [...]

  4. 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 freshma [...]

  5. 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 Fair warning Citing , following a laryngectomy when a person has their larynx, the voice box that houses [...]

  6. 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 set [...]

  7. 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 [...]

  8. 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 Remembe [...]

  9. 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 [...]

  10. 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 [...]

  11. This book blew me away I don t typically read YA since they re usually a little too tame for my tastes, but every now and then I stumble across one that is so worth it What I Didn t Say most definitely falls in that category This is a book I ve had on my tbr for a long time and had gotten lost in the mix I ran across it last night and something about it was calling me in a way I knew I needed to read it right now So I did I stayed up all night until I just couldn t hold my eyes open any Then wh [...]

  12. WOW I am blown away This was so, so good At first I didn t think I was going to like the set up but I ended up really LOVING it I liked having such a secure timeline and I liked how the things Jake was looking forward to started changing I also felt like the line between recognizing your problems and drowning in self pity was handled very well Both characters had shitty situations but they did their best not to let it define them It s also very rare to find a solely male POV engaging for me but [...]

  13. This was recommended to me as a tear jerker and I have to be honest and say I didn t shed a tear I am a cry baby so it is extremely unusual.This was a heart felt read, it covered a few tough subjects and my heart went out to him after his accident I loved the premise but for me it was all too saccharine sweet and just a cute read I did enjoy it but it was a like than a love full review to come

  14. What I expected on first picking up this book A boy losing his voice in an accident and a love story where he wins his girl despite new obstacles originating from his own insecurities and social scrutiny Basically a story about a boy learning not only to accept his disability but to triumph inspite of it Heart warming stuff I want to read What I got halfway through the book Everything I expected above PLUS a parallel emerging storyline about Sam this girl he s trying to win He s won her, but the [...]

  15. I m not sure where to even begin reviewing this book.Here we learn about a 17 year old young man who suffers a tragic accident that causes him to lose his ability to speak For those of us fortunate enough to still have all our senses, I m sure you ve all imagined at some point or another in your lifetime what it would be like if you suddenly lost one of these senses When I was 24 years old I came very close to losing sight in my right eye from a detached retina Fortunately with surgery, my visio [...]

  16. 3.5 starsAfter reading the blurb I thought it was a heavy read Because, you see, it involves some devastating and depressing incidents But surprisingly it was not, in fact it was actually a pretty light read but with great in depth lessons I was touched and moved by this story and although I think I get a bit teary eyed on some parts it wasn t really a depressing story Jake s story was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time And I couldn t help but be impressed by this boy and by the way [...]

  17. Ms Taylor is hands down, one of my favorite self published authors Her books are always writtenwith great depth And it s no wonder why I instantly fell in love with this book.There is so much in the story that I what to just gush about For instance, the plot line How can you express your emotions if you can no longer talk Convey what you have felt for years and in a swift moment have it all taken away from you The plot line alone intrigued me to read faster The way Ms Taylor leads the reader int [...]

  18. What I Didn t Say by Keary TaylorBlurbGetting 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 [...]

  19. Antes que nada, muchas gracias a Keary Taylor, la autora, por este ARC.Ten a muchas expectativas de este libro, es decir, Que buena sinopsis El libro no me defraudo, el tiempo leyendolo se paso volando, y sin darme cuenta llegu a la ltima hoja Si te agradan los libros YA con una dosis justa de drama, y no el t pico superficial chica conoce chico nuevo, What I did t say es tu elecci n No s como yo pudiera arreglarmelas para vivir y comunicarme con los dem s sin mi voz, sencillamente no podr a, es [...]

  20. Genre Young AdultPages 326Rating 3 StarsI received a copy of this book courtesy of Keary Taylor via Net Galley for review.This is the story of Jake, a teenage boy who has everything a great family, good friends, a spot on the football team, a crush on Sam who he says he has loved forever Then one tragic night Jake makes the mistake of his life drinking with his friends and then going for a ride The ride ends in tragedy with Jake being injured beyond repair He loses his vocal chords and, thus, hi [...]

  21. This review is also available at My Fiction Nook.Imagine you re a teenage boy living on a small island in the PNW, population about 5,000 Everybody knows everybody else You hang with your friends, you make eyes at pretty girls, you play football and you dream of getting out of Dodge as soon as you graduate The Airforce has accepted you, and you love to fly, so you re really looking forward to your future, so much so that you re counting down the weeks and months You re invincible You re almost e [...]

  22. 3 Aweeee StarsAfter Jake Hayes loses his voice in a horrible car accident, he realizes one of his biggest regrets is that he never told Samantha Shay how he feels about her.Samantha Shay is the smartest girl at Orcas High School who doesn t believe in love and her only goal right now is doing well in high school Jake has always loved Sam from afar, but during a class debate Jake discoveres that Sam doesn t believe in love and from that moment on he s too gun shy to tell Sam how he feels.Let me s [...]

  23. I really liked the first half of this book, which introduced us to Jake Hayes, a popular senior who had it all, and then followed his struggle to put his life back together after a drunken crash robbed him not only of his voice, but of his confidence and his passions and his dreams, too The premise really intrigued me, Jake won my heart right away, and I couldn t wait to see how he would find the courage to tell his life long crush Samantha that he loved her when he had never been able to do so [...]

  24. What an amazing story about how making a wrong choice can end in truly devastating lifelong consequences, overcoming the tough challenges life throws at you and fully appreciating what you have because it can always be worse.This book was sweet both heartbreaking AND heartwarming.I love the characters in this book I like how Jake and Sam felt real I admit, Taylor may have a gone a little overboard making the situation for both Jake and Sam just downright terrible how can it get any worse But I l [...]

  25. I was sent a copy of this book from the author through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review I requested it because I loved Keary Taylor s Eden.This book is a departure from that one, which is nice, because I love authors with versatility What I didn t Say, focuses on two people, Jake, an ordinary teenaged boy who gets into a horrible accident at the beginning of the book and loses his voice, and Samantha, the girl he loves What happens next is gripping, and many times moving I won t say an [...]

  26. Audio ReviewNarrator Matthew DunehooI have had this book in my KINDLE forever, but Audibles had a sale on it and I decided to listen to it instead What a great book, great story, and a beautiful, sweet love story When my daughter is around 15 16 years old, I will want her to read it I hope my daughter falls in love with a boy like Jake Loved Jake and I loved Samantha too One thing I did not understand is why Carter was not punished at all I mean where I live drinking and driving means you get a [...]

  27. I love books that make you feel and Keary Taylor accomplished that with this wonderful book I had seen this book on my suggestions and finally decided to read it I m so glad that I did It really did make me think about things and it made me even appreciative of my family Sometimes we need a little reminder and this book certainly did that I loved that Jake and Sam didn t allow their struggles to over take them and were able to rise above it all 5 stars

  28. Another one that has been sitting on my Kindle forever that I finally got around to reading I really liked this one a lot.

  29. 2.5 starsThis is the lowest rating I ve ever given a book Don t be fooled by the day it took me to start and finish it it wasn t because I couldn t put it down It was because if I don t finish a 300 page book in a day, I feel like an idiot I honestly wanted to like it I ve never read a book about someone with any sort of disability, so it seemed like this would be a great book to start with The party, the video, and the crash all seemed realistic I could definitely see it happening in life It wa [...]

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