Publication: May 1, 2012
Say what you need to say...today, now, don't wait!
Thank you to Netgalley and Keary Taylor for this heartwarming read!
OK, so I'm having trouble putting into words just how much I enjoyed this book so I'm just gonna keep it simple. (I know what you're thinking...when has Jen EVER kept anything "simple" *sticks tongue out*.) Read it, you'll enjoy it too. Pinky promise!
Jake's story made me laugh, it made me cry and it broke my heart. (in a good way) What makes this so good? Well, it's not only a story that shows the consequences of bad choices, however devastating those might be, but it also shows that something good can come out of a tragedy.
When Jake's choice to drink the night of the Homecoming game ends in a horrible accident resulting in his never being able to speak again, he'll be faced with all the things he didn't get the chance to say. Like, how he never told Samantha, the girl he's secretly been in love with for as long as he can remember, exactly how he feels. Jake will have to find a new way to live with no voice and a new way to express himself. He'll learn that family isn't always about blood and while life as he knows it will never be the same again, it's still full of surprises and just might turn out better than he ever could've planned or imagined.
Everyone is struggling with something, even if it's not as obvious as Jake's but you have a choice to make. You can either choose to let whatever is happening, define you or you can choose to make something good come out of it. Choosing the latter isn't always easy but it IS always worth it.
At the end of the book, author, Keary Taylor bravely shares her personal reasons for writing this and it made me cry. ((hugs her))