Kami has spent her whole life talking to the voice in her head. His name is Jared and she shares all her inner most thoughts with him. So imagine her surprise when Jared is real, and shows up when the mysterious Lynburn family returns to her town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. The Lynburns had long ago left their home in the English town and their return puts the rest of the townspeople on edge, especially when violent things start happening.
I had heard many good things about this book, and the beautiful cover had captivated me when the book was first released. So it felt about time to finally get around to reading this. Unfortunately, I think I may be in the minority of the overall consensus on this book. I know that some may say that it was too hyped up for me, but that really didn’t have any effect on how much I enjoyed Unspoken.
Truth be told, I really don’t have any extreme feelings about it, good or bad. It was “okay”. I liked that the protagonist was an interracial character, which is not common in books I’ve read. I enjoyed the way this book started, and the dialogue and banter could be fun and sarcastic at times. The premise of Unspoken was very intriguing and for a while, I really didn’t know where it was going.
That being said, there were many elements that didn’t work for me. I’d say about halfway through was when I found my attention waning. It got really disjointed in the storytelling and what was going on. Admittedly, as I said, I wasn’t paying as much attention but I still found it incredibly hard to follow what was happening. It jumped all over the place and the thought process seemed to be very sporadic. I also wasn’t buying the dynamics of the characters. Not even for any love/relationship purposes that felt a bit hot and cold with Kami and boys, but even between the friends. It felt awkward. And then some of the writing got a bit repetitive and oddly phrased, (like in this particular example):
— Michele (@JustALilLost) April 18, 2015
Overall, I hate to say it, but my favourite part about this book is probably still the cover (well, the original one as pictured in this review. Even that’s been changed now too!). The story idea was interesting, but the latter half of the book completely lost me. I didn’t hate it, nor did I really love it. While I didn’t necessarily buy into the hype from everyone else, I guess I just thought I would enjoy the story more than how it actually played out.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ (3/5 stars)
Available: September 11, 2012
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Read as part of Brunch Book Club with Lost in a Great Book.
Wrap up discussion to follow in the coming week.