Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Everything Left Unsaid by Jessica Davidson: Review

Everything Left Unsaid
By Jessica Davidson
Published August 1st by Pan Macmillan Australia
Pick up your copy at Pan Macmillan or Fishpond today! (This book is published in Australia and can be purchased at Fishpond with free international shipping.)
Synopsis borrowed from Goodreads:

"I wait for him, the cold seeping through my clothes, until it finally dawns on me that he's not coming back. And I wonder why he chose her instead of me? Why he went looking for her when I was right there."

Tai and Juliet have been best friends forever – since they met at kindy and decided to get married in first grade.
They understand each other in the way that only best friends can.

They love music, beach walks, energy drinks and, they are slowly discovering, each other.

As they dream of adventures beyond the HSC – a future free of homework, curfews and parents, a life together – their plans are suddenly and dramatically derailed.

For Tai is sick.

And not everything you wish for can come true.

A poignant story of first love, hope, grief, family, and the twistedness of life.

Darkfallen's thoughts:

This book is nothing short of amazing. It truly deserves way more than 5 stars. In fact I just might venture to say that it's the best book I've read...ever.

Juliet and Tai have been best friends since they met in kindergarten. They even jumped off the roof with umbrellas together trying to fly like Mary Poppins. (of course that didn't end well for either of them.) But now they are both getting ready to graduate from high school and they realize that they want more from each other. Unfortunately as their relationship grows and they plan for their future in college together fate steps in and has a mind of it's own. The reality is you can't always get what you want, and life is beyond cruel...

Yes this book is sad and tragic in the worst of ways. But you know by the title and the synopsis that you aren't going to get a Happily Ever After. Then again I think that is some of the beauty in this book. It's real life on paper. There are no white horse knights to save the day or music in the backround every time they kiss. There's pain, and love, and the reality that you don't always get what you deserve. That life can be cruel for no reason at all.

Put it to you this way...I was sucked into the story from the first page. I fell in love with both of the main characters, Juliet & Tai, from the beginning. And I loved, LOVED that this is told from both of their POV's. It made it so much easier to feel everything that was going on. So much so that I was crying my eyes out in the first 60 pages, and the tears just kept on coming. I cried so hard, on more than one occasion, I had to put the book down and catch my breath. A steady stream of tears rolled down my face and dripped from my chin until the last page. And even though it hurt, even though something inside me started to unravel and eventually broke, I couldn't put this book down. I couldn't look away. I needed every word like I need air to breathe. And now that it's over I still want more. I want to know what happens now, and when I close my eyes to sleep at night this story haunts my dreams. I simply can't get it out of my head.

Overall I know that I could never find the words to do this book justice so you just need to pick it up for yourself. It's a tragic story of love, loss, and a grief so deep you'll feel your inside rip apart as you turn the pages.

Buy it, borrow it, rent it, steal it if you have to, but you simply have got to READ this book!



  1. Oh my gosh. So many tears, but in such a good way! I've only read three books (one series) that made me depressed that they'd ended and left me dreaming about the characters. It sounds like this is that for you. This just went to the top of my TBR list. I can't say for certain what the best book I've ever read is, but I'm really excited that you like this that much.
    -Jenna @ Fans of Fiction

    1. It is soooooo good! It's been over a month since I've read it and I still think about it almost every day. I just can't shake this one. Unfortunately it's only being release in Australia, but luckly you can buy it on Fishpond.com and get free international shipping. I know Fishpond can be a tad exspensive but OMG this book is so worth it!

  2. Okay, adding! I like a book that doesn't just touch on something sad, it delves deeper and hits you hard. And I adore stories with the boy and girl being best friends since long ago. Thanks for the great review! You've piqued my interest. :)

    1. Jessica this on definetly goes deeper. It goes so deep that it rips your heart out! I still can't get this book out of my head or my heart. If it wasn't for the huge stack of ARCs I have to read I would have already reread this one...quite possible more than once by now.