Getting drunk homecoming night your senior year is never a good idea, but Jake Hayes never expected it all to end with a car crash and a t-post embedded in his throat.
His biggest regret about it all? What he never said to Samantha Shay. He's been in love with her for years and never had the guts to tell her. Now it's too late. Because after that night, Jake will never be able to talk again.
When Jake returns to his small island home, population 5,000, he'll have to learn how to deal with being mute. He also finds that his family isn't limited to his six brothers and sisters, that sometimes an entire island is watching out for you. And when he gets the chance to spend more time with Samantha, she'll help him learn that not being able to talk isn’t the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Maybe, if she'll let him, Jake will finally tell her what he didn't say before, even if he can't actually say it.
What I didn’t Say is a heartbreaking, and totally loveable story.
I absolutely adored the characters in this novel. Jake and Samantha were amazing and real and totally believable which is awesome but more incredible were the background characters...Jake’s family, friends and all. The male POV was incredibly well done. The devotion, dedication and sheer force of will of both Jake and Samantha in this gripping story made it all the more amazing. I also loved the reality of consequences in this story. Not to be spoilery, but I actually expected that somehow Jake would overcome his disability and miraculously regain his speech and I was pleasantly surprised when that didn't happen. Instead the author left the story to play out believeably and realistically.
Overall, What I Didn’t Say was gripping and completely beautiful.