Review: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

TITLE: Unspoken

AUTHOR: Sarah Rees Brennan

GENRE: YA Gothic Mystery

OFFICIAL SUMMARY: Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met… a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her English town of Sorry-In-The-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return to Sorry-In-The-Vale.

WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: It’s witty. It’s funny. It’s fast paced and full of twists and turns. It’s scary at times. My favorite part? The way Sarah Rees Brennan handles the “telepathic” connection between the lead character, Kami, and her best friend, Jared, whose thoughts she’s heard in her head her whole life. Instead of glorifying it and romanticizing it like most YA novels would, Brennan plays to its strengths as well as its horrifying drawbacks: being able to know someone this intimately means having one person in your life who knows you and loves you unconditionally, and vice versa. But it also means being constantly vulnerable without having much say in the matter, being exposed, raw. It’s a great metaphor for relationships in general, whether it’s your first love at 16 or your marriage at 30.

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