Saturday, 11 July 2015
Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Synopsis from Goodreads-
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?
Wow. This book made me speechless. I read it in one night- it was short, sweet and memorable.
Megan's past was sad, but I'm so happy she and Jasmine got a happy ending.
I was also glad that Luke is getting help in a psychiatric ward. What he did was so terribly wrong, but he deserves a chance to get better.
I was in suspense the whole time, wondering a) when Megan and Jasmine would finally kiss, b) when Megan would speak- so beautiful how the first thing she said to Jasmine was, "You're beautiful"- and c) WHAT happened with Hana, Megan's former best friend (she thought she had killed Hana while drunk (it turned out to be their other friend, Luke.)
This is a beautiful story of love, friendship and forgiveness- mainly Megan forgiving herself.
I can't believe this book isn't making waves yet- it's simply perfect in every way.
The writing is beautiful- it flows perfectly, just the right amount of truth and realistic feelings- it portrays guilt, fear, happiness, and falling in love.
I thought the book ended perfectly. A letter written to Hana by Megan, saying she misses her and hopes she's happy, wherever she is- and it's written differently to the other letters to Hana in the book- like a weight has lifted off her shoulders.
Overall, the plot, character, emotion, pacing, tension... everything was just absolutely perfect!
I will reread this amazing debut in future, as well as future works from Abbie Rushton, and highly recommend this outstanding novel.