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What I Didn't Say - Keary Taylor As seen on Ed and Em's Reviews!1.5 StarsWhat I Didn't Say was an okay novel. The plot was very different from most contemporary young adult romances, but it was also very unrealistic. I had a lot of trouble getting through it because I found myself bored by the overwhelming number of events.Our main character, Jake Hayes, was in a car accident with his two best friends after they had done some drinking. He was on his way to confess to the girl he was in love with, Samantha Shay, that he was in love with her. Then they got into a car accident. (This is why we don't drink and drive, kids.) His friends came out with scraps and bruise and he came out with a pole in his neck. You can tell that this didn't give me that much of an effect on me because I had to look up the names of the characters to remember them. I feel awful about that, but that just makes it clear that in my opinion this book was nothing to write home about. It could've been. I'll say what I say all the time: This book had a lot of potential. It just wasn't executed well. (It also was in serious need of an editor.)The plot was so weird. Everything just kept piling up! The fact that this boy had to learn sign language because he would never be able to talk wasn't enough? I thought the author could've written a better story if that, along with the romance, had been the main focus. Everything else just got ridiculous, not to mention completely unrealistic. And not only was the plot strange, but the time frame was unbelievable. If I remember correctly, Jake got out of the hospital in like two weeks… Uh… What? I really doubt that he would've had such a short stay after such a major injury. Plus he went back to school just a few days after he returned home. Like I said, unbelievable.I liked Jake's family. They were sweet and I've always wanted a large family, so I was more than a bit envious. I did not, however, like Samantha, or Sam as she is often called. I just did not understand the attraction… She got annoying very quickly. None of the other characters really made a lasting impression. I can't remember anyone's name for the life of me. All I remember is that all of Jake's siblings had names that started with the letter "J."While I'm really enjoying this male perspective kick that's going around the young adult novel community, What I Didn't Say was obviously written by a woman. The character's thoughts and ideas seemed very forced. It was very uncomfortable to read. Depending on the point-of-view, in which her other books are written, I'd like to give Ms. Taylor's work another chance. Hopefully, she can pull me into her writing with another story. Otherwise, I just don't think this author is for me.I received and e-copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley for my honest opinion and review.