After losing her best friend that night, Piper Rhodes changes schools, determined that her final year will be different. She will be different. Then she meets West: school captain, star soccer player, the boy everyone talks about. Despite her fear of losing everything all over again, Piper falls in love - and West with her - without Piper ever speaking one word to him. But will it last?
You might think that this is your typical YA contemporary novel, but it is anything but.
I've read a few YA stories about people who have Selective Mutism however usually it is due to some traumatic experience however with this book,Piper's SM is due to a form of anxiety. I found that the way this mental illness was dealt with in this book was done in such a sensitive manner, and it felt like it portrayed the condition really well. It seemed so very real and although the romance aspect of the story could be seen as a little far fetched at times, I liked the way that Piper's condition wasn't cured as soon as she got a boyfriend.
Honestly, the first 60 percent of this book was so addicting. i literally could not put the book down. I even stayed up until 3AM reading it until I had to literally force myself to stop. The last part of the book did start to drag a little bit which was odd as that was when stuff actually started to happen. By no means was it boring but I just felt like it was not as addicting as the first half of the book. I felt like the dialogue was written really well and it didn't feel awkward at all.
Another thing I would like to mention is the ending. No spoilers or anything like that, but I think that this book had such a fantastic ending. Most books I read I am either left feeling like I wanted more or like the author should have stopped writing 2 chapters ago. But The Things I Didn't Say ended at just the perfect moment and I couldn't be happier.
The book dealt with so much, family life, romance, dealing with a mental illness, plus school and everything that goes along with it. I liked how it was all portrayed and I felt it was all very believable. I'm also so happy to say that this book is by an Australian author. I feel like Fornaiser has managed to capture the Australian culture while also making it relatable to anyone regardless of their location. I also feel like some Australian authors write books and it feels like a focus is on the fact that they live in Australia, but with TTIDS I don't feel like anything took away from the story line at all.
Fornaiser explores such a unique, but common issue in society, and she does it brilliantly. I think this is definitely a novel that anyone could relate to, and that's what is so good about it. If you're looking for a contemporary with some depth to it, definitely check this book out.
Would I recommend? Definitely
If you liked: The Sea of Tranquility or All the Bright Places
Overall Rating: 4/5
*This book was sent to be in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way effected the contents of this review.
Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia
Published: May 2016
Format: Paperback, 311 pages
Genre: YA Contemporary
Acquired from: Penguin Random House Australia
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