Annike: Hey guys, so we are officially on holidays so will hopefully be getting on top of our reading and our blogging! Sorry we have been so absent lately but hopefully this will be a turning point. Today I’m going to be reviewing The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. Let’s go! (more…)
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!
Annike: Hey guys! Sorry it’s been a little while since we put up a review however I have been reading a lot of books lately but just haven’t gotten around to reviewing them all. On that note, today I want to give you my review on None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio which is a book I hadn’t really had on my TBR or seen very much before I picked it up but it ended up being just a really educational and enjoyable read. (more…)
Annike: Hey guys, I’m here today with another review of a book that I got off Netgalley which I was really grateful for. This book is called Trusting You and Other Lies and I really loved it. I thought it was super cute but also really deep underneath so let’s get onto the review! (more…)
Annike: Hey guys, sorry it’s been a little while since we were on here, we’re not really sticking to our usual plan. However, I’m here with a review on Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner, a book I read a little while ago and really really loved. Here we go! (more…)
Annike: Hey guys, it’s been a while since we’ve been on here – or at least longer than normal – and we’ve just been super busy with exams here so we haven’t really had any time to blog and we are very sorry about that. No matter, here I am today with a review of Love, Lucas by Chantelle Sedgwick so here goes… (more…)
Annike: Hey guys, I’m here today with a review of Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum, which is a book I only heard of recently and decided to give it a go. I was able to finish it in a single day but spent much of the day reading, haha, so here it is: (more…)
Annike: Hey guys, so I’m here today with a book review on another book I received from Netgalley called It Started with Goodbye. So let’s get onto the review: (more…)
Annike: Hey guys, so here I am today with a review on a book called Someone Else’s Summer. This is actually the first ARC that I have read from Net galley, which I signed up for a couple week ago so I was really excited to read it. It comes out on May 9th and I definitely recommend it for all of you guys. (more…)
Annike: Hey guys, so I just recently finished Nicola Yoon’s, The Sun is Also a Star. I have previously read Everything Everything by her and really enjoyed it and I wanted to give this book a quick review because it is such an amazing read that I would definitely recommend. (more…)