What can I say?
What I Didn't Say is a heart-warming and very inspiring story.
It's written in the POV of Jake Hayes, a graduating high school student who lost his ability to speak after a car accident. Jake lives with his parents and six siblings in the very peaceful island of Orcas. It's a small island where everyone lives together as one big family. There, nobody is stranger.
Jake is a football player who flies airplanes. Cool, isn't he? He plans to join the air force shortly after graduation. However, this cool football player pilot loses his senses every time he's with Samantha, the love of his life. Four years had passed, yet he still hasn't confessed his love for her. One night, Jake willfully disobeys his mother and get drunk with his friends. With all the adrenaline, Jake gets the courage to confess his love for Sam. Without second thoughts, Jake and his friends rush to Sam's house. They aren't any near when they almost ran into a deer. The truck swerves off the road until it crashes into a T-post that breaks right into Jake's neck.
The accident leaves him mute and broken. He can no longer speak, fly planes, and worst of all, he can no longer "say" how much he loves Samantha. Jake is emotionally devastated until Sam came and helps him get back to his feet. Sam's life makes him realize that happiness isn't about how much he has or what he has, but it's all about perspective. He may have lost his voice, but he didn't lose the people who loves him--his family, Samantha, and the rest of the island.
Sam, on the other hand, also faces the hurdles of her life, but she faces it with full courage and determination to overcome.
I may have given it a rating of 3, but it's definitely worth the read. I guess it's my fault since I expected too much, but I believe this book will capture your heart. Taylor manages to expose different grave situations in life and yet skillfully reveals to us that despite hardships and difficulties, life is still beautiful.
Enjoy reading! :) God bless you! :)
"I didn’t think I’d ever met a person who had so little, but was so happy at the same time. I had never heard him complain; never saw his face without the hints of a smile." -Jake Hayes
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