Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
From bestselling author Carol Lynch Williams (The Chosen One), a contemporary YA novel about a family that has been caught up in what doesn’t matter and how two sisters realize that their relationship—no matter how different the two of them are—is most important.
In this contemporary YA novel by bestselling author Carol Lynch Williams (The Chosen One), fifteen-year-old fraternal twins Annie and Sarah are sisters, but that is where their interaction ends. Then Annie begins to withdraw from the family, forcing Sarah to investigate why-and the secret she uncovers changes their relationship forever.
Never Said explores not only the effects of abuse but also our world’s reliance on self, beauty, and other people’s perceptions. With themes of forgiveness, love, sacrifice, and hope woven throughout the story, teens and other fans of young adult fiction will be drawn to this story of two sisters who must find a way to come together and find the healing they both need.
This book has a beautiful cover and an alternative writing style that will appeal to many teens that do not read a ton. The chopped clipped sentences were unusual for me. I enjoy a more in depth literature with well thought out vocabulary normally, but also love young adult reads on harder topics. This book is written in more a journal type style, with slang and not a lot of detail. It works hard to address some topics that many teen girls may face, abuse, weight, bullying, rejection and issues with parents. The book, like others from this publisher, only takes place over a week. I felt as if I knew the girls about as well as I would know a new neighbor that I have known for a week. I was mildly interested, felt sorry for them, but was not invested enough to care too much what happened.
I think the author did a good job with writing a book to engage readers that struggle with deeper books, but still need to read about hard topics. She failed in engaging readers in any kind of redeeming quality. There was even some unhealthy behavior that was not addressed at all by any of the adults. The reader would be left wondering what was the right thing.
Depression, angst and humiliation is throughout the story without many redeeming qualities.
However, this book, for the intended audience will likely cause some young women to think. It would be one that you could hand a non-Christian friend, as there is no mention of anything Christian in this book.
This book was given to me for review by BookLook Bloggers. The opinions contained herein are my own.