‘The Things I Didn’t Say’ is about the love story between Piper and West. But of course, in any love story, there is a complication. Piper suffers from selective mutism, an anxiety disorder which makes it extremely difficult to speak. I was lucky enough to meet the amazing author, ‘Kylie Fornasier’ in person and receive an early release copy of this book, which comes out in May. But don’t worry I won’t spoil anything for you.
“I hate the label Selective Mutism- as if I choose not to speak, like a kid who refuses to eat broccoli. I’ve used up every dandelion wish since I was ten wishing for the power to speak whenever I want to. I’m starting to wonder if there are enough dandelions” (Kylie Fornaiser, The Things I Didn’t Say)
The Things I Didn’t Say will make you aww out loud while simultaneously scream in frustration. The story of Piper will reflect large aspects of your life whether you suffer from a mental illness or not. Everything from Piper, her family to her school will embody some section of your life whether in the present, past or future. If you are Australian especially it is a lovely change to see bits of your common everyday life in a book, that is not normally represented in American books. This story will fill you with so much happiness, annoyance, joy, and pain. So much so that like me you will probably finish it in a couple days.
Piper is a character that you will not be able to help but love and root for. If you suffer from any mental illness you will find yourself in Piper. And even if you don’t, you will be opened to the world from someone who does suffer. Through the book, you will become immersed in Piper’s struggles. They will become your own and you will feel her pain and joy as if it were your own. Piper is one of the most realistic and relatable characters you will ever read. It is clear that Kylie has done her research on not only Selective Mutism but anxiety as well. Every aspect of this story seems real as if you are watching this happen to someone close to you. Piper goes through a large journey finding herself and her voice and it is an amazing thing to watch unfold in front of you.
All the characters in Piper’s life are just as loveable as her. From the moment you meet West you wish, he was a real person in your life. He is understanding, loving and caring. And as the story goes on you not only connect to Piper’s emotions but his. He is the type of character who give hopeless people hope that they will one day find love. He represents a group of people in our world who do exist, even though it may seem hard to find them. Piper’s family and friends are no different from Piper and West, you will love, connect to them and feel as if they are real people, not characters written on pages. Kylie has created some of the most realistic characters you will ever come across. You will see yourself and your loved ones around you in them.
The Things I Didn’t Say is a love story about growing and overcoming your biggest fears. It’s about second chances, new starts and the relationship’s you have with the people around you. You will not only see two characters start to fall in love but you will watch them develop and go through some of the biggest mental struggles in their lives. They will touch you deeply and emotionally. They will give strength to overcome your own pain and hope for the future. They will show you that sometimes the biggest difficulty’s in your life can not be seen. Pick up Kylie Fornasier’s The Things I Didn’t Say by clicking the link below and you will be left at the end wanting so much more.