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Publication Date: 2015
For as long as she can remember, Sarahs family life has revolved around her twin sister, Anniethe pretty one, the social one, the girl who can do anything. The person everyone seems to wish Sarahwith her crippling shynesscould simply become.
When Annie suddenly chops off her hair, quits beauty pageants, and gains weight, the focus changesAnnie 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 Annies 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.
Award-winning author of more than twenty-five books and a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults, Carol Lynch Williams facilitates a week-long workshop to help writers get published (www.wifyr.com). She lives in Utah with her family. Visit her at her blog, Throwing Up Words.
CTF DevourerCTF DevourerAge: 25-34Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5Secrets hidden behind sudden rebellionNovember 2, 2015CTF DevourerCTF DevourerAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 1Meets Expectations: 3If your mother doesnt protect you
you have to do it yourself.
Thats what I have found.
Found you cant always rely on the people you should be able to rely on.
Like your father.
Your father should know better.
So its better than nothing that I check
on Sarah and I have been checking
for months now.
No one else does.
No one else will.
Scared of what I can do.
Of what someone else might do.
Scared for my sister.
Book: Never Said by Carol Lynch Williams, Blink, 2015
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 16-18
Subjects: Sexual Abuse, Sibling Relationships, Parent Relationships, Fear
Summary: Theres a secret. No one knows it except for Sarah and she doesnt know what the secret is, only that there is one. Annie has changed and its not an accident or some kind of weird phase. Something is going on, something that even in her own pain, Sarah can recognize in her twin sister. Annie is afraid, but even in her fear she sees the pain of her sister and wants to protect her. The problem is that neither of them are powerful enough to stop what is causing this pain and fear. And their parents are blind to it.
Notes: This is a drama of two sisters fighting to get through their difficulties. Annie has been raped by a grown married man who is a co-worker of her fathers multiple times. As a result she has attempted to destroy her beauty by gaining as much weight as she can in a short time and chopping off her hair. Sarahs boyfriend, the only person who wasnt blind to her, who actually encouraged and supported her, has broken up with her. Shes no longer just anti-social due to shyness, but now due to heartbreak as well. Each sister has to find enough love for the other to face their fears and help each other. Sarah in particular finds two opportunities to stand up for her sister. The story rotates behind being written from Annies point of view in the poetry style shown in the quote above, and Sarahs point of view in more narrative form. There really isnt any spiritual content in the story. The answers for the characters come in caring enough about their sister to do what they fear. At the end Sarah concludes that Annie can do anything and maybe she can too. Its all about finding the answers within oneself, not from an all-powerful deity.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 1/5
Psalm 27:1-3 The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a free review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion
Melissa4 Stars Out Of 5A Beautiful StorySeptember 8, 2015MelissaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This novel was very different from anything I have read before. The writing almost poetic in nature.
This book wont be for everyone, but I do think the intended audience (Teens) will like it a lot. Due to the subject matter I would recommend this for older teens, maybe fifteen to eighteen.
This book was a super quick read and the mystery surrounding Annies weight gain and change in personality kept driving me to read until the end so I could see what happened to her to make the change.
There is a sad tone throughout the whole book, but I think that goes with the thoughts in these young girls minds. Their thoughts arent happy. They are both dealing with struggles.
I loved seeing the two sisters find their way back to each other. There is definitely something about a sister and the relationship you can have with her.
I do wish there was more Jesus in the book. If I didnt know this was a Christian book I dont think reading it would give it away. Christ is mentioned once. I would love to have seen Jesus come in a redeem the hurt in this family. I think an opportunity to speak into young girls lives might have been missed because honestly, the only way to recover from our wounds completely is through Jesus Christ.
But, with that being said, I did enjoy the overall story and think teens will enjoy the book as well.
A copy of this book was given to by Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.
JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Can a Book Offer Hope without Christ?August 31, 2015JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Neversaid by Carol Lynch Williams is a powerful book, a quick and intense read. I couldnt put it down. I wanted to know what was really going on, what the author hadnt yet revealed, and what would result.
It's the story of a week in the life of twins, girls just turned sixteen. The girls take turns telling the story from their points of view, Sarah through proseAnnie in poetry. Their family is falling apart. Annie has a secret that has changed her behavior, her appearance, and her attitude, in some ways for the better, some for worse. Her parents want her to change back. Sarah is concerned, but she has her own problems. She struggles with severe social anxiety and has just lost her first boyfriend. Her parents want her to be like her sister was.
Though the story, written for teenage girls, drew me in and held my attention, I was disappointed in the total absence of God. Neversaid is published by Zondervans Blink division, and Zondervan publishes Christian books. Blink is meant to be hopeful, not necessarily Christian, so Zondervan can get the books into places where Christian books can't go. But hope does not exist without Christ. If a book doesn't help teens understand this, what does it matter where it can go? It offers nothing other than what secular books do.
The issues these two young women were trying to handle on their own were too big, and yet so real. I would have loved for the author to show, not tell, how teens can talk to God about these issues, know He cares, sense His guidance to people who can help, and see the changes He can make in peoples hearts. Even if their parents are distracted and self-absorbed, teens dont have to handle the stuff of life all on their own. Gods there.
But He wasnt in this book. Not anywhere.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this honest review.
Martha Artyomenko2 Stars Out Of 5Never Said..August 22, 2015Martha ArtyomenkoQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1This 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.
Kara LynnWVAge: 18-24Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5It Never Said what it should haveAugust 17, 2015Kara LynnWVAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1Who loves a good teenage fiction read? Can I see a few hands? OK great. So let's see if this is one of them (I've had my doubts from the beginning though)....
Never Said is the story of twins, who though they may be sisters have never been farther apart or more opposite. Annie is the pretty one - the girl at school with it all. She is popular, can have any boyfriend she wants, and is admired by lots of her peers. Sarah doesn't want that for herself - she rarely talks, enjoying the background, and is the shy one. Her family pretty much ignores her, the spotlight on the elder twin.
Through all the the shine though, Annie has secrets - dark ones that threaten everything. But Sarah is too caught up in her own life and loss of her boyfriend to see it. When things that were usually left unsaid come into the light, will they become closer or draw apart?
My first thought upon receiving NeverSaid in the mail was, "oh cool - it's hardcover!" The second thought was, "oh brother - it's from BLINK."
Just so you know BLINK isn't my most favorite publishing company. I've never liked any of their books (Summer by Summer as an example of my distaste), and therefore had little hope for this one, though I really wanted this read to be good. I like a good teen fiction book but rarely (if ever) find a new one to fangirl over.
The writing style of this book is like reading a teen's journal - the words giving you a hopeless and dark feeling. Which is what the author probably wanted - it goes with the plot, and the clipped, short sentences worked very well.
Both girls may be easy to relate to in their struggles. We tend to compare ourselves to family members - especially our sisters. It's easy to separate over disagreements and such, but NeverSaid shows us that sisters need each other no matter what, and to be there when things get tough.
However, I felt that the character development was lacking. The story felt very rushed at times - speeding through much of the story. I also don't like the drama that usually comes with teenage fiction. The boyfriend stuff can become a little much.
And then I expected this book to have some strong Christian themes but it really felt secular at times.
Both teens discuss briefly if they're sexy or not, Sarah cuddles with her boyfriend in bed and later wonders if they should have had sex. Cr*p is used over five times. Adultery is mentioned but only in minor explicit detail (the character tells the story to another character).
I truly felt that toward the end that Jesus should've been mentioned more then once. Yep, it was only mentioned one. single. time. It would have been a lovely time to mention His love and saving grace. Instead the ending just felt empty.
I don't recommend this book really at all. It's not a bad read but not great either, and in the end what was never said hurt it a lot.