What I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor #review

07 August 2012
Title: What I Didn't Say
Author: Keary Taylor
Series: none
Publisher: CreateSpace
Date: April 30th 2012
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781475156454
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: What I Didn't Say

Summary from Goodreads:

What I Didn't Say Keary taylor

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 really wanted to give this book 5 stars for just the plot alone, but there was a little too much unbelievable in there for me.

The first thing that really caught my attention was this line " On an island this size, with its whopping 5,000 residents, there are no secrets."
I've always dreamed of living in a very small town, where everyone knows you and you know everyone else. I think that it would be awesome to have that close knit feeling with your community. But more to the reason I can barely give this book 4 stars.
Jake is a senior in high school, he's football player, but not like all the top jocks from other books. He has his friends, and is secretly (to most anyway) in love with Samantha Shay; the smartest girl in the school. Jake and his buddies go to a party after the homecoming game and of course there is drinking; what teen story isn't complete without some? Things take a turn for the worse as Jake and his buddies Rain and Carter get in the car to take Jake to tell Sam that he is in love with her. Alcohol and not paying attention to the road causes the boys to be in an accident. Jake ends up in the hospital after having a t-post(I had to look that one up) go in one side of his neck and out the other. The bad news? His vocal chords were too damaged and they had to be removed. Jake struggles with not being able to talk, and having to communicate by writing everything in a notebook that he carries with him.
After being released to go back to school, Jake's schedule is rearranged and he ends up in more classes with Sam and in an Independent Study class (ASL) with just him and her. The two form a tentative friendship, him still in love with her, and you can see that she is starting to feel something for him. Now here comes the unbelievable part for me. Turns out Sam's mom passed away the summer before she started senior year. No one on the island knew and Sam has been living on her own in a motor home since August. Now, how in the world in a small,remember 5,000, community does Sam get away with this? Sam tells Jake the whole story and throughout the book Jake helps her anyway that he can, sneaking food and other things from his house, working to be able to buy her new clothes.
I love that the book is told from Jake's POV, but there are some things said by Jake that I really don't see an almost 18 year old saying. It's almost like he was written as a girl and then it was changed. The romance between Sam and Jake slowly blossoms and while they do have their ups and downs, things always work out in the end.

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