Annike: Hey guys, as promised in this months TBR I read and am now ready to review The Things I Didn’t Say by Kylie Fornasier. I actually hadn’t seen this book until I found it in my library and I thought it looked like a really interesting topic so I decided to give it a go.
I hate the label Selective Mutism – as if I choose not to speak, like a child who refuses to eat broccoli. I’ve used up every dandelion wish since I was ten wishing for the power to speak whenever I want to. I’m starting to wonder if there are enough dandelions.
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?
The Things I Didn’t say focused on a young girl named Piper Rhodes who had previously been diagnosed with Selective Mutism and was starting at a new school. Selective Mutism was not something I had been previously aware of or had any knowledge of before this book so one of the standout things was all the new information that came with the read. It was a really well explained illness that meant Piper found it impossible to communicate with people she wasn’t really close with like those outside of her family and friends.
The premise of the story was mainly Piper’s challenge in moving to a new school and having to start somewhere where no one knew about her or her illness. While her parents thought she could reinvent herself at the new school and she didn’t have to be the girl who didn’t talk – Piper knew it wasn’t just that easy.
I found that the book was a bit predictable at times. There were the girls that bullied Piper for her mutism and then there was the popular boy that befriended her and eventually became the love interest. West was a character that I liked but I never really found any connection between Piper and West. It might have been because of the lack of dialogue or simply the lack of actual time together but it might have been more of a memorable read if it had better developed relationships and characters.
Overall, it was a cute book that had some good ideas and was quite sweet. However, despite the interesting blurb and unique topic I couldn’t find anything in particular that stood out. There was more of a climax towards the end that had me on the edge of my seat at times but all in all not one of my all time favourites. I would recommend it as a unique read and very informative because I wasn’t aware of Selective Mutism beforehand. Definitely give it a go if you think it sounds interesting and we’ll be back later in the new week for another review!