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Unspeakable - Review

Unspeakable - Abbie Rushton

Publication Date: Feb 5th 2015 from Little Brown/Atom

 

Source: Netgalley

 

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?

 

This is one of those novels which once started, demands to be finished – Megan’s story is compelling, emotional and extremely well told, utterly gripping and very beautiful . A tale which has many layers richly woven into the plot, dealing with some important issues in a sympathetic and intelligent manner, I could barely put it down.

 

The opening chapter sucks you in immediately, a masterclass in scene setting, introducing Megan, a girl who does not, cannot speak. As the tale unfolds we learn more about why – the loss of her best friend has caused a break in her and there are things about that time that she feels she cannot tell, therefore it is easier to simply say nothing at all. Enter Jasmine, who never shuts up, is gorgeously magnificently alive and slowly but surely things start to change.

 

It is important not to give too much away I think. Ms Rushton has written a stunning coming of age tale, a story of grief and loss and one girl’s handling of a tough unimaginable situation – how she moves on from that is completely fascinating, emotionally resonant and completely authentic. Growing up is never easy, parental relationships, friendships old and new, sexual awakening, all of those things are hard throughout the teenage years and this is captured here in one girl who you will come to care about and be rooting for all the way.

 

Despite, or perhaps because of  the fact that she is not always likeable – often making obscure decisions, sometimes sulky and even more unreachable – Megan will sink into your psyche as will the people around her, it is one addictive tale for sure. It is clever that there is a small mystery element to the whole as well – just what is it that Megan feels she cannot say – it just adds to the whole thing beautifully.

 

Some emotional subjects sensitively handled in a way that will surely help inform and reassure, mixed up in a haunting tale of love and loss, this is a book that not only demands to be finished once started but demands to be read in the first place.

 

I don’t want to say anymore really. Highly Recommended. For anyone.

 

Happy Reading Folks!