By Sarah Rees Brennan
Publication date: Sept. 11, 2012
Random House Books for Young Readers, 370 pages
Source: Publisher, via NetGalley
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?
— Goodreads.com description
When I met Sarah Rees Brennan at RT Teen Day in February, I was about halfway through Unspoken. I remember running up to her and telling her that I was just going insane not knowing what was going to happen next! I think I might have freaked her out a little, but what can you do, she just laughed. I NEEDED TO KNOW.
The premise here guaranteed I’d be hooked from the get-go – I mean, a girl has an imaginary male best friend? All her life? And realizes he’s real…and has just moved to town?! That’s CRAZYPANTS, and I love it.
Unspoken was a thriller that had me dying to find out what would happen next. That being said, I did struggle a bit to keep up with the story — as things progressed, I got lost in the mechanics of the Sorry-in-the-Vale mythology.
So it wasn’t a favorite, but I definitely was captivated throughout. I’m surprised I haven’t read anything by Brennan before and fully intend to rectify that immediately!