This book is what I love about YA fiction.  It is heartfelt and enthralling without being immature.  Even after the first couple of chapters, I knew that I could trust this author.
  At the surface, this seems like just a story told by Jake after he suffers a tragic car accident that leaves him without his vocal chords.  It's actually about so much more.

What I loved about this book:
-  It had integrity.  Taylor told the story with an earnestness that was entirely believable.  I kept wondering if it was a true story because it really did feel more like an memoir than fiction.  Jake and Sam were real people to me.

-  Great love story.  This is one of those high school sweetheart stories that had me in tears.  It wasn't over-the-top, and it didn't feel scripted.

-  Multi-layered.  Don't be fooled by the title or the synopsis.  This book is about so much more than Jake losing his voice.  Sam has her own unfolding story that is so captivating.

- No cliches.  The story was entirely unique.  The author didn't cut any corners with generic settings or characters.  Jake's family and hometown were so different than anything I've read.

You will like this book if you like...
- Contemporary fiction.
- Male point-of-view

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