I found this book in Waterstones when I was walking round town killing time – the blurb sounded interesting and even though I had barely any money I decided it would be a good idea to buy it. The story is told from the point of view who is Megan who doesn’t speak at all, she hasn’t spoken in months. She doesn’t care about pushing the people she cares about away – she won’t speak. Inside Megan’s head she’s screaming, screaming secrets that no one must ever find out. Then Jasmine starts at her school, a bubbly girl, talkative girl who doesn’t seem to mind that Megan doesn’t talk. Megan would love to speak to her but what if she loses everything?
I’m going to be honest, I picked this up because the only people mentioned on the blurb were Jasmine and Megan and there wasn’t a love interest in sight. Everyone who reads my reviews regularly knows about my hatred for romance and I’m happy to say that this book didn’t follow the conventional romance found in almost every young adult book – read it for yourself to find out what I mean but I am very happy with it.
The story itself was so interesting. I’ll admit that I didn’t get sucked in straight away but I was looking after my brother last night and I couldn’t put it down! I was reading for three straight hours until I’d completely finished the book. There’s an element of mystery to this book that makes you want to read until the end – Megan keeps mentioning the traumatic event that caused her to stop speaking but never goes into details and I was desperate to find out everything!
I really liked Megan even though I got frustrated with her sometimes. I feel the same way about Jasmine even though so many of her decisions really annoyed me, especially some of her decisions concerning what she said or did to Megan but obviously no character is supposed to be perfect because then they’d be even more irritating. Megan’s Mum drove me up the wall but I liked her relationship with Megan, it was interesting to read about and was different to other parent relationships I’ve read.
This book however was by no means perfect – after the initial shock at the ending, almost everything was brilliant except for a few unresolved issues like the bullying and a few things surrounding Megan but I can let these things go because the rest of the book was fantastic. I nearly cried towards the end and I have only ever cried at one other book before (see my Undone review…).
Also, the cover of the book is so pretty! I’ve been carrying it around in the Waterstones bag it came in in case I ruin it.
Honestly, I recommend this book to absolutely everyone because I loved it so much! It’s so beautifully written and gripping, I think if you’re into reading young adult books then you’ll enjoy it even if you don’t love it as much as me.