Monday, August 31, 2015

Never Said by Carol Lynch Williams

Never Said
by Carol Lynch Williams

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Just released: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Blink
Genre: YA
Hardback: 256 pages
Rating: 4.5

First sentence(s):
If they knew.

For as long as she can remember, Sarah’s family life has revolved around her twin sister, Annie—the pretty one, the social one, the girl who can do anything. The person everyone seems to wish Sarah—with her crippling shyness—could simply become.

When Annie suddenly chops off her hair, quits beauty pageants, and gains weight, the focus changes—Annie is still the star of the family, but for all the wrong reasons. Sarah knows something has happened, but she too is caught in her own spiral after her boyfriend breaks up with her and starts hanging out with one of Annie’s old friends.

Annie is intent on keeping her painful secret safe. But when she and Sarah start spending time together again for the first time in years, walls start to break on both sides … and words that had been left unsaid could change everything.

My two-bits:

This one kept me wondering to the end as each girl housed a secret of their own which slowly unravelled.

The story is told in two voices that are well distinguished in writing style. Annie is in a poetic voice, while Sarah tells a more descriptive side of things.

Got me thinking of sisters - sisterly love and support.

About the author:
Carol Lynch Williams, a two-time winner of the Utah Original Writing Competition, is the author of several books for children, including two novels about the Orton family of New Smyrna, Florida: Kelly and Me and Adeline Street. A starred School Library Journal review of The True Colors of Caitlynne Jackson praises Williams as she "again demonstrates her facility at mood and character development... Truer colors are hard to come by."


* added to my COYER challenge/scavenger hunt (details)

* review copy courtesy of BookSparks YA Summer Reading Challenge 2015 (details). @booksparks #ReadingIsBeautiful

* part of Summer YA Book Box giveaway (here)

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