From bestselling author Carol Lynch Williams (The Chosen One), a contemporary YA novel about a family that has been caught up in what doesn’t matter and how two sisters realize that their relationship—no matter how different the two of them are—is most important.
In this contemporary YA novel by bestselling author Carol Lynch Williams (The Chosen One), fifteen-year-old fraternal twins Annie and Sarah are sisters, but that is where their interaction ends. Then Annie begins to withdraw from the family, forcing Sarah to investigate why-and the secret she uncovers changes their relationship forever.
Never Said explores not only the effects of abuse but also our world’s reliance on self, beauty, and other people’s perceptions. With themes of forgiveness, love, sacrifice, and hope woven throughout the story, teens and other fans of young adult fiction will be drawn to this story of two sisters who must find a way to come together and find the healing they both need.
This novel was very different from anything I have read before. The writing almost poetic in nature.
This book won’t 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 Annie’s 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 aren’t 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 didn’t know this was a Christian book I don’t 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.
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