May 15, 2013

What I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor

What I Didn't Say
Book Description:

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.

Christina's BookReview

Jake has the best upbringing even though there are eight other siblings in his household.  He is the sweet jock that lives his life with no regrets. His only fear is talking to the one girl that seems to always make him speechless. But one night of fun changes his life forever and his one regret is not telling Samantha how he feels.

Samantha has her own things to deal with and although she notices Jake she just doesn't have the time to focus on him. But when tragedy strikes ad she is his only solace Sam realizes that its going to be much harder to stay away. What she doesn't know is that her life would never be the same. 

Will Jake finally be able to tell Sam what he has always wanted to tell her or not?


I started reading this after I saw numerous outstanding reviews for this book. I have to say that I wasn't disappointed. What I Didn't Say is a story of learning to live with something that you never thought would happen to you. Learning to accept the circumstances handed to you and being thankful for what you do have.

Jake and Sam are both loveable characters and I was immeresed in their story.  Jake had such a great family and was raised with good respect and morals. Jake had his life set out for himself and was only counting down the days to start his new life. But then one night of drinking with his friends leaves him mute forever. I was really sad about what happened to him but appreciated that he went through the motions. He grieved and he coped. I didn't find fault in him at all. He was a sweetheart and his love and protection for Sam was sweet. 

Sam was not your typical heroine. She didn't believe in love, relationships or anything other than sticking to her studies and herself. She had alot on her plate and a secret that could destroy everything she worked so hard to gain. When Jake suffers his accident she is his only solace and the only one that seems to help him. But Sam does't expect for Jake to be her solace as well. 

Good book, sweet romance and great characters.

Buy it. Read it. Love it.


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