Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.
But all that changes when the Lynburns return.
The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 370
Reviewed by Ellie, age 17
A little known fact about me: I love journalism drama. Give me a newsroom and a dramatic plotline and you’ll catch me floundering in a pool of happy emotion. Perhaps that is why I love the heroine of Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan--Kami Glass is a savvy teenage newspaper reporter whose adventures fulfill even my penchant for drama. Throw in the promise of magic, imaginary (or not so imaginary) friends, a makeshift newsroom, and some rather attractive male companions? I’m hooked!
My favorite aspect of this novel was the aforementioned main character, Kami Glass. She is equal parts brave, smart, sassy, and kind, and is determined to figure out what exactly is going on in her town despite any road bumps she may come across. (And she comes across plenty, trust me.) Another factor that I loved in the book was the author’s ability to create a whole town of characters, not just Kami and her crew. There is a whole host of secondary characters, all of which seem just as real as the primary characters, and I find that to be good representation of the author’s skill with writing. Finally, I’d like to add that I found immense pleasure in the fact that this is a book that brings up relevant social topics, such as race and sexuality, while also providing a fantastical storyline that is chock-full of magic and all that good stuff.
To be frank, I can’t really think of any major problems found in this book-it is that good. I loved the characters, the setting, the plot…I just couldn’t put it down!
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes the YA fantasy genre, especially fans of the Beautiful Creatures books.
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Ellie, age 17
Ellie, age 17