I am totally hyped to be opening this blog tour with a review of this amazing book. The magnificent What I Couldn’t Tell You by Faye Bird will have you gripping the book till the very end, but more about that later…
Firstly, just look at that gorgeous cover, it draws you in and you’re mystified by what it might contain…you’re gonna love it!
When love turns to jealousy, when jealousy turns to rage, when rage turns to destruction…
Laura was head over heels in love with Joe. But now Laura lies in a coma and Joe has gone missing. Was he the one who attacked her?
Laura’s sister Tessie is selectively mute. She can’t talk but she can listen. And as people tell her their secrets, she thinks she’s getting close to understanding what happened on that fateful night.
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Faye writes fiction for young adults. Before becoming a writer she worked as a literary agent representing screenwriters in film and TV. She studied Philosophy and Literature at Warwick University, but has otherwise always lived in London, and still does now. Her second novel, What I Couldn’t Tell You, will be published on 1 May 2016.
First of all, i’d like to have a moment of appreciation to Faye Bird for taking on the massive task of representing people with Selective Mutism (SM) in a totally realistic way. YOU RULE! Secondly, I’d like to appreciate that there are more diverse characters being represented in YA today…YAY!
Our main character, Tessie is really lovable and she wasn’t written in a way where you feel sorry for her, she’s written in a way that you understand her. It’s really nerve-wracking for her to walk anywhere alone or even talk in her own home if there is a stranger there. She struggles with her voice internally and there’s all these things she wants to say but can’t. You can feel the frustration for her and the people surrounding her so she is really well written and I feel like I totally know her as if she is my friend.
Speaking of friends, the next character I want to talk about is Max. Max is Tessie’s best friend who is SUCH A GENTLEMAN! I love his personality and he sticks by Tessie and just AWWW THE FEELS! Something happens that makes your heart hurt and I feel like I was screaming at Tessie to speak at certain points for Max, for Laura (her sister), for the police.
Laura is in a coma and is showing no signs of waking up. It’s a pretty scary and upsetting thing for Tessie’s family to deal with and they all do it in their own way. Their mum wallows into depression, their dad escapes to work and acts ‘normal’, Jake (their brother) tries to hold it altogether and Tessie has a lot more to worry about than just Laura, believe it or not.
Enter Billy, a slightly strange but enticing new boy at school who seems to be really into Tessie. Now seriously, I did not like Billy one little bit. He was bad news and I felt like throwing the book down at some points in anger at him! If you like him, you gotta be a psycho…seriously.
Anyway, rant over, overall I couldn’t put this book down and just found it majorly interesting. I needed to get to the end to find out what had happened and basically find out about the ‘whodunnit?’ element of the book. I would highly recommend reading this book for it’s intensity and PLOT TWIST ALERT! ENJOY!
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