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?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 05/02/2015
- Category: Thrillers (Children's/YA)
- ISBN: 9780349002064
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Review by TPauSilver
Unspeakable is the story of Megan, a teenage girl who hasn't spoken since her best friend died. She meets a new girl, Jasmine, who is pretty and fun and doesn't seem to mind that Megan doesn't speak. But can Megan escape the past or will it always haunt her? Unspeakable is generally quite a strong book. Megan is interesting despite not being able to talk. I particularly liked her relationship with her mum who, instead of being written as a mum, was written first as an imperfect character who happens to have a child. Megan is shown as a complex character, not as meek as someone why can't talk might be expected to be. The story does suffer from some predictability in plot and from some scenes which should be quite emotional being dealt with in a very stripped down way. It suite the overall tone of the books but to me it robbed those elements of their rightful emotional impact.