Megan doesn’t speak. She hasn’t spoken in months.
Pushing away the people she cares about is just a small price to pay. Because there are things locked inside Megan’s head – things that are screaming to be heard – that she cannot, must not, let out.
Then Jasmine starts at school: bubbly, beautiful, talkative Jasmine. And for reasons Megan can’t quite understand, life starts to look a bit brighter.
Megan would love to speak again, and it seems like Jasmine might be the answer. But if she finds her voice, will she lose everything else?
I have been incredibly excited to talk about this book. If you have been following my blog for a few months you will know that this was on my Most Anticipated Books of 2015 I had really high hopes for this one and usually when that happens the book is never quite what I expected, but with this I was not disappointed and I can’t wait to read more by Abbie Rushton.
I actually had the amazing pleasure of meeting her along with James Dawson and Lisa Williamson and we had been chatting on twitter because I wanted her to know how much I had enjoyed her book and how incredible her writing was, she recognized me which absolutely made my day and we had a chat about my hometown (where she used to work!) and she wrote the nicest message in the book, she is definitely one of the nicest authors I have met and I felt so comfortable talking to her.
This book is about a girl called Megan, she doesn’t speak at all and whenever she tries to speak little voices in her head stop her and tell her how worthless she is. These voices also give quiet clues along the way as to what it is that has stopped Megan from speaking all this time. This was one of the reasons I couldn’t stop reading, I was desperate to know what had happened to Megan, what was so traumatic that she felt like she couldn’t speak anymore. I really connected with Megan as a character, she was so well written and I really liked her.
Jasmine, now she is the change in this book, the new girl that starts at the school which may be the change which starts Megan talking again. It’s amazing how quickly their friendship grows even with a distinct lack of communication, Jasmine doesn’t seem phased by it, she’s almost just happy to be in Megan’s company and can chat away, Megan does communicate on pen and paper at points but obviously this is a lot harder to get your emotions across. I loved Jasmine and Megan, I loved watching their friendship grow even though I was a bit unsure what to think about Jasmine at first I did end up liking her a lot.
There are two more characters I want to briefly mention and that is Luke and Sadie. Luke is Megans best friend, he knows about this trauma and hes stayed by her, he knew Megan when she was talking, before the incident. I actually liked Luke as a character, I felt sorry for him a lot of the time because he had put all his time and effort into spending time with Megan and then Jasmine comes along out of nowhere, this for me is incredibly good writing. Sadie, she was the popular girl who was once friends with Megan but now makes her life hell, I hated her, the whole way through it I just wanted to scream at her to stop and leave her alone, towards the end though my opinion changed.
The best part about this book was the mystery, the wanting to know what it was that had happened. We found out towards the end and I was incredibly shocked, I was starting to guess what had happened but didn’t know the full details and it hadn’t crossed my mind. Then came, the twist. I wasn’t expecting it at all, It didn’t cross my mind even for a second which shows how much of an incredibly talented writer Abbie is.
I find it hard to put into words what exactly it is that I like about a book when I’ve read it, so I hope I have done this book justice. But I say to you, if you like mystery, if you like twists, if you like romance, pick this book up, you won’t regret it.