What I Didn't Say

What I Didn't Say

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by Keary Taylor
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781475156454
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
04/30/2012
Pages:
326
Sales rank:
560,867
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Keary Taylor 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 resides on a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two young children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night. She is the author of the FALL OF ANGELS trilogy, EDEN, and WHAT I DIDN'T SAY. To learn more about Keary and her writing process, please visit www.KearyTaylor.com

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What I Didn't Say 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
Genre: Young Adult Pages: 326 Rating: 3 Stars I 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, his ability to speak. The story unfolds showing his growth during the process of learning to heal, learning what love really is, and becoming a man. He bonds with Sam and they grow to love each other by learning to overcome his disability and the tragedy that has recently happened in her life. This book is a rollar coaster of emotions as the two teens come to terms with how they need to change their lives in order to pursue their dreams. I felt an immediate connection to the main character, feeling both saddened by his situation and inspired by his ability to try and see past it; to learn something from it. It made me laugh in spots and then a few pages later made me cry. It's the story of becoming inspired, overcoming adversity and rising above obstacles. The book starts out strong, with the main even happening right at the beginning. Jake realizes he must deal with his inability to communicate without his voice. His family is very supportive. We feel their pain at Jake's loss and their happiness, at the same time, because they still have Jake around. We see Jake pull away from family and friends. We see him angry and frustrated as he tries to learn sign language and communicates mostly through the written word. He spends much of the book nodding his head, raising his eyebrows, making hand gestures, furrowing his brow. All body gestures we may use every day with our verbalizations of how we feeling. But he does not have the ability to verbalize, so people must learn to read him and understand him by those gestures. Then there's Sam, the girl Jake has loved for so long. She is brainy and, according to him, doesn't seem to see anything outside of her studies. Little does he know that she has had her own tragedy in her life. She is as broken as Jake is, but for other reasons: she has no family and has to fend for herself. We see her slowly deteriorate and close down. She becomes disheveled and loses a lot of weight. Finally, she confides in Jake that her mom had died the summer before and she has been living on her own, fending for herself with no one to help her. But her secret doesn't last for long when one of her school mates turns her in and her abusive, drunken father comes and takes her away. It is not long before we see the two teens reunited and profess their love for one another. I have to say that when I first started the story I did not know the main character was male. The voice just did not strike me that way. And even throughout the story, I thought the voice was more on the feminine side. But perhaps this was showing the sensitive man that Jake really was. I did note there were quite a few editorial error (spelling, grammatical) that stood out to me, tho they did not take away from the story for me, which is good. I was never bored with the story, in fact, I finished it in less than 24 hours time because it kept me wanting to know what would happen next. I loved that Taylor included an author's note at the end explaining why the story line was so near and dear to her heart; and why it was so hard for her to write, even though she knew it had to be done. Once I read the note, I felt even more connected to the characters. It caused me to reflect on what it was like being a teenager who had no disabilities to overcome. It made me realize how lucky I was and how lucky I still am to be able to hear, see, talk, smell and taste. The thing that stands out most for me in this story is the fact that most of us take for granted the ability to say those three little words to our family and friends: I love you. What if you could not say those words? What if the person you loved was never able to hear your voice again? Would you try and overcome this adversity or would it shatter you into pieces? If you want an action packed story, this is not it. This is a simple story of learning how to love, how to let go, how to grow. I very much enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Taylor's writing in the future.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Ms. Taylor is hands down, one of my favorite self-published authors. Her books are always written with 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 into Jake shoes, leaves me with a serious book high. The love interest just triples my love for this book. With a serious communication strain, it's easy for the reader to be amused and laugh at the attempts to...well communicate. Some parts are so sad cause you just want to words spoken, while other moments leaves you breathless. Take it from me when I say that this author needs to be put on your "books I must read list." What I Didn't Say speaks to the reader as if you are the character. Thoughtful and engaging, What I Didn't Say captures the irony in love and words. It's not in all what you say, but in what you do.
Sushisanjuan More than 1 year ago
I was blown away by this book. I have read Keary's other books and love her way of getting you right into the story but this one felt so much more personal. She had a great way of connecting the reader with the characters and really getting the feeling down. I found myself more then once mimicking the gestures that Jake was doing before they were even mentioned because the way you were able to feel the situations. I also loved how she was able to convey the feeling of the island, I grew up in the same group of islands and felt right at home again and remembered the feelings from when tragedy struck on the island. I loved how she was able to convey the real sense of community that exists there and how the love can just pour out in real times of need. I definitely recommend this book to every one and hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.
Beesha More than 1 year ago
Jake Hayes made the same mistake that so many people make in high school. He celebrated homecoming by getting drunk and doing something stupid. But most people leave that mistake behind as a bad memory. Jake will never be able to leave behind the fact that he got drunk and got in the car with another drunk friend because they got in a car accident and his throat was punctured. It was only the second time he ever drank and being on an island there wasn't much else to do but have parties. But now he will never speak again. Good bye pilot career. Good bye ever getting the chance to tell Sam that he loves her. Hello to the whole island staring at him. Everyone knowing what happened. Everyone staring at the scars on his neck that he will never escape. This story was so much about regrets, moving on, and appreciating what you have. There is an author note at the end that explains that the author was inspired by real life events to write this book. She lost half her hearing as a teenager but realized how much she still had. The theme of the story is supposed to be the song Someone Wishes They Were You. I definitely felt all this before getting to the note. Jake has went through something horrible. He has some difficulties learning sign language but as he gets to know Sam, he realizes all the great things he still has. Also he takes a sign language study class with Sam. That was a bit convenient but brings Sam and Jake together. Jake had strong family support and friends who tried really hard to still treat him the same. This won't make it easier to adjust but it gives him hope, appreciation, and something more to live for. I was worried this book would be really sad, cause I'm a big emotional baby, but it was really inspirational. Made me appreciate things and also reminds you to say I love you cause you just never know when you might not be able to. It's always hard to look on the bright side but it's important to remember all the great things you still have. I loved that Jake was so sweet and wanted to help Sam. He has had a crush on her all through high school but was afraid to say anything since Sam declares she doesn't believe in love. Sam was really hard for me to warm up to. She was going through so so much but I still felt like she was a bit hard on Jake. I didn't see too much in her but that's okay because Jake saw so much. I loved how sweet Jake was to Sam and how strong and supportive. I also loved getting into a guys perspective. I thought the author handled the way he communicated after the accident really well. Jake uses body language a lot which added humor sometimes as well. I also loved the notebook that Jake and Sam use to write back and forth to each other. The chapter titles were humorous and it was a very enjoyable and light hearted read considering the main topic. "Someday I'll tell her, I thought." "There was nothing like getting yelled at and not being able to defend yourself." "Three words I wanted to say more than anything, but the person I wanted to say them to wouldn't let me. And I literally couldn't say those three words."
Oanah More than 1 year ago
What i didn't say is a book that everyone should read.It is a must read that will show you how hard life could be,but also that you have to fight to be happy. When i started reading this book i never imagined that i would find this.The whole story left me without words .Life is hard,we all know that,but i many cases things could be very difficult. This is the story of Jake and Samantha.Two teenagers who are having a hard time,but their love keep them together,and together they keep going on. After Jake gets drunk and is involved in a car accident ,he can't speak anymore.He is mute.He left the party to tell Samantha that he loves her.This was his secret,but the chances to tell her the big words "I love you" were ruined in the moment he found out that he would never speak again.But that doesn't change anything. Samantha has a secret that she never told anyone.Her life is not really easy like everyone thinks.She's afraid that if anyone finds out that her mother died,they will send her to her father,who left her when she was a child. I'm not a big fan of alcohol,and i will never be.Now that i'm thinking, what Keary wrote in this books could happen in real life very easy.One moment your okay,and in the next one your not.We never know.Yes,we do stupid things without thinking about consequences ,but stories like this one helps us realize that the story of Jake and Samantha could be our story. I really liked the way Keary described everything.How the relationship between Jake and Samantha started.Or what happend when Jake returned to school and everyone made that pledge to stop drinking for the rest of the year.That was a big surprise,but they know what could happen.Jake knows better. Jake's accident was the scene that made me want to read more.After i read those pages,i kept wondering if he will write on one page what he could never say again and give it to Sam.But what happend was much better.Jake and Samantha struggle to keep her secret,and to keep up with their relationship trying to comunicate in every way they can.He can't speak,but she doesn't mind.That's all that matters. This is not a simple story about two teenagers who love each other.This is the story of two people who struggle to keep their heads up and live knowing that their live will never be the same again. I am so glad that i could read this book.I really hope that it will be published in Romania too because this story is amazing! To be mute-Jake's case-doesn't mean your life is over.This is what Jake will show you if you read this.You can learn from him that life goes on and you can really be happy. To be orphan-Sam's case-doesn't mean you have to stop and wonder what will happen next or listen what people say about you.You gotta fight and learn how to survive. My first thought when i finished the book was:This is a lessons for everyone.So many bad things happen in real life ,but we never know what we did wrong until it's too late. What i liked the most about this book?The happy ending! The title What I Didn't Say,in my opinion,i think it means all the words Jake never told Samantha.To whisper her name or the words "I love you",or something comforting when she thought that everything is over.
MichelleShoutsRandom More than 1 year ago
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 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
csingh More than 1 year ago
This book is breathtakingly beautiful and haunting at the same time.  I couldn't help but fall in love with Jake as he struggled to deal with his new reality and deal with the one that was forever changed.  I fell in love with Samantha too because she never gave up on Jake.  She was like sunshine to both Jake and me.   The story itself is a roller coaster of emotions.  When Jake was frustrated I felt my heart wrench in my chest.  When he realized perhaps he could do this, I felt joy.  The story was intense from the first page and I couldn't put it down until it was over.  Keary Taylor is beyond talented.  She's a new author to me and I'm so glad I decided to read this book. I think a major part of why I loved this book so much was the realness of it all.  There were no platitudes of everything will be okay and both the good and bad got equal air time.  We all take so much for granted and it was eye-opening to see how Jake handled losing his voice.  This is going to sound really cheesy, but it was as if losing his voice led Jake to find his mettle.   This book will stick with you longer after you've finished the last page.  If you're looking for a book that will take you on an unbelievable journey, you need to pick up this book.  I'm just surprised it's taken me this long to discover Keary Taylor.  
CityBella More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so very much! It truly was a great book! I loved how this book reminded you that life & love are both a very precious gift. Never take one little thing for granite because you never know when that may be your last chance to say or do what you have always wanted to do or say! I loved this little love story that entertwined..
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Stacy_H More than 1 year ago
An Emotional, Beautiful YA Read!!! I LOVED it!!! Full review on Books Unhinged Book Blog ~StacyHgg
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
The premise and cover alone made me want to read this. So much emotion in this one. Especially with Jake and Sam. The writing, pace and setting draws you in. Some characters you like and don't like. While its told through Jake's POV, in a way its also about Sam. To say more its spoilers. Especially liked how supportive Jake's family were, even the siblings. Nice change of pace to have the siblings not act like they hate each other all the time. Depends I guess but still. Very emotional but a very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book took me on an emotional yet inspiring journey. Those looking for a good read I recommend this book. It's worth the little money it cost.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a good, heartfelt story. Hard to imagine life without being able to make a sound. Well written. I felt for all the characters. My heart broke along with them.
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micharch More than 1 year ago
This book was just what I was looking for. It makes you appreciate what you have in your life and also told a very good story about two high school seniors who are finding their way through the hardships that life has handed them. I liked it so much I lent it to my friend through the "Lend Me" feature to read and she also liked it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was just amazing. I never cry while reading book, but many parts of this book made me tear up. Great story! The author has such a good way of explaining things. I would definitely suggest this book to someone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An outstanding book alnost nade me cry couldn't put it down. Jake showed a lot of emontional strenght and so did Sam when things were bad for them, they both new they loved each other and found there own way to say it to each other. Loved it! K.P
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Okay before I give my review of this book I just wanted to take a quick "Geek Out" moment and mention something I found so cool when I started this book. I live in the Pacific Northwest, in a very small town way up in the corner of Washington state. One of those places where when people say "Hey where ya from?" and you answer they're like "....where?" This book is set on a very small island town called Orcas. It's one of the San Juan Islands in which are a very popular tourist attraction for the area. So when I start this and I see Orcas Island I'm embarrassed to say I had one of those "No way!!" geeky, teenage type moments. Yeah I'm a dork like that ;). Which as it happens is where Keary Taylor lives. (Ahhh so cool!) But not only that, the town I live in is where you catch the ferry to get Orcas Isalnd. So the name of my town was mentioned 3 times in the book. (Yes I kept track :D) Okay I'm done with my moment, it's just kinda cool to see that when you come from the type of area I do it's not something you expect to see! Now all that aside. I really loved this book. When I read this I could relate growing up in this area, I understood the teenage outlook on how it is to grow up here. There really is that small town feel of everyone knowing you and your business. Not to mention there not being much in the way for teenagers to do with their free time and I remember the bonfires and drinking with my friends. Not to mention other crazy stuff. Though at least back in my day, oh man I can't believe I used that phrase..., none of my friends or I were stupid enough to have gotten behind the wheel after partying. Though of course it happens. There is such a realistic aspect to this book. Which is one of the reasons I was drawn to it, along with the fact that the overview totally sucked me in. I've become highly addicted to these kinds of books lately. The ones that have such a realistic setting and story line. This book does not disappoint. Jake is such an amazing character. Here's this guy with a pretty good life for himself. Great family, good friends, football team, graduation just around the corner, pilot license and panning a future to fly in the Air Force. And it takes just one night and one stupid drunken decision to take each one of these things and have them crash down all around him. The struggles he goes through after the accident are all so real as are his reactions to the situation. On top of everything that Jake is struggling with, Samantha has a huge set of burdens of her own to share. Yet somehow they seem to find the strength, to make it through, within each other. I really can't say enough about this book it's become one of my top 10 favorite reads and I look forward to reading more from this author.
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