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Joel has over 901 unsent message saved to his phone. Sometimes, he has trouble explaining his true feelings to certain people. He spends his day going to school, volunteering at the soup kitchen, and thinking about his crush, Eli.
After having a dismal sophomore year, Joel doesn't have high hopes for his junior year. His best friend, Andy is gone, Eli has no idea how Joel feels about her, and Joel did terrible on the SATs. Together with Eli and Benji, Joel begins to connect with the people he serves at the soup kitchen. He starts to realize everyone has their own pain they are dealing with.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started reading this novel. I thought it was going to be about a misunderstood kid who brings harm to other kids at school. Instead, it was about acceptance, grieving, and being a good friend. I found the novel to be a bit slow at first but, I thought the ending was done very well. Overall, a good read to read at least once.
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About the Book:
Title: WORDS WE DON’T SAY
Author: K.J. Reilly
Pub. Date: October 2, 2018
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Joel Higgins has 901 unsent text messages saved on his phone.
Ever since the thing that happened, there are certain people he hasn't been able to talk to in person. Sure, he shows up at school, does his mandatory volunteer hours at the soup kitchen, and spends pretty much every moment thinking about Eli, the most amazing girl in the world. But that doesn't mean he's keeping it together, or even that he has any friends.
So instead of hanging out with people in real life, he drafts text messages. But he never presses send.
As dismal as sophomore year was for Joel, he doesn't see how junior year will be any better. For starters, Eli doesn't know how he feels about her, his best friend Andy's gone, and he basically bombed the SATs. But as Joel spends more time at the soup kitchen with Eli and Benj, the new kid whose mouth seems to be unconnected to his brain, he forms bonds with the people they serve there-including a veteran they call Rooster-and begins to understand that the world is bigger than his own pain.
I am the author of the (contemporary social issue) Young Adult book, Words We Don't Say (Disney Hyperion Oct 2, 2018).
3 winners will win a finished copy of WORDS WE DON’T SAY, US Only.
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