I also finished Never Said by Carol Lynch Williams on the cruise for a 2015 Booksparks YA Summer Reading Challenge.
Annie and Sarah are fifteen-year-old fraternal twins who only spend time together because they're under the same roof. Annie's life has long been focused around her appearance and the beauty pageants that celebrate it, whereas Sarah's interests are sports and her runner boyfriend, Jeremy.
Then Annie begins to gain more and more weight, and all she seems to hear from her mother is, You used to be so pretty, followed by the latest diet to try.
Things begin to unravel for Sarah as well. Jeremy her boyfriend of more than a year decides to see if he and Sarah are "right" for each other, dumping her in order to get his head on straight.
Sarah is devastated. Her family is crumbling. The love of her life is dating other people. Her sister is getting heavier and more depressed. When Sarah learns, through gentle questioning, that a neighbor and very good family friend has been sexually abusing her sister, she knows she must act and help the sister who seemingly always had it all.
Told in alternating points of view, Never Said is the story of a family that has been caught up in what doesn t matter and about two sisters who realize that their relationship no matter how different the two of them are is most important.
Okay, first off this summary is wrong and Sarah's boyfriend's name is Garrett. Now that we've taken care of that--this is another book with a serious topic and tragedy.
We know from the beginning that something has happened to Annie. I had a guess that I thought was right and I was close but not exact. I really liked her. I love how her story was told in prose/poem format.
Sarah wasn't my favorite. She was the shy one and I wanted to feel bad for her but I really just wanted to tell her to get over her shyness. It was too much.
We all know I love twins so this was an interesting take on their relationship and how they told the story. Without giving too much away, this topic is serious and while it might not be against the law in the way we might normally think, it is and it's something that teenagers need to be talked with about.
I gave this book a rating of 3/5.
Never Said will be released on August 25, 2015.
FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free to review as part of the 2015 Booksparks YA Summer Reading Challenge.