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Kami Glass is in love with someone she's never met--a boy she's talked to in her head since she was born. This has made her an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, but she has learned ways to turn that to her advantage. Her life seems to be in order, until disturbing events begin to occur. There has been screaming in the woods and the manor overlooking the town has lit up for the first time in 10 years. The Lynburn family, who ruled the town a generation ago and who all left without warning, have returned. Now Kami can see that the town she has known and loved all her life is hiding a multitude of secrets--and a murderer. The key to it all just might be the boy in her head. The boy she thought was imaginary is real, and definitely and deliciously dangerous.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2012]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780375870415
Branch Call Number: TEEN BRE
Characteristics: 373 pages ;,22 cm.


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Humour! FINALLY! A protagonist with a sense of humour! This book is hilarious and well-written, with a diverse cast of complex characters.

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Mar 10, 2018

Unspoken is like cotton candy: I'm not digging into it as a meal, I'm shovelling every last addictive, sugary bit of it into my mouth because I want to have fun. Sure, there are plot-holes (how is it that Kami has been hearing Jared's voice in her head since birth yet the two never once considered the idea of last-names? Addresses? I thought you wanted to be journalist Kami smh), and the pacing is disjointed at times, which results in awkward jumps concerning emotional responses and plot-structure, thus the 3/5 stars. BUT over-all, I ate this thing up. I rarely ever, EVER say this (especially within the YA genre) but the romantic relationship in this book is one of my favourite parts. It wasn't rushed, there was no insta-love (hallelujah), if anything it's the exact opposite. The bond between Kami and Jared is so deep, and all-consuming, and I love how through it Brennan explores these ideas of: Who am I without this other person? Am I projecting my own emotions onto them and vice-versa? What does it mean to love someone entirely, not just romantically, but platonically? etc. I found such a rational approach to be refreshing.

All-in-all, I needed me some of this cotton candy. Unspoken is fast-paced, fun, strange, just a little bit dark, and magical. It's Riverdale-esque without being as absolutely ridiculous as, you know, Riverdale...(insert eye-roll emoji)

Jul 17, 2017

Kami Glass has always been able to communicate with a mysterious and unknown presence inside her head. Long given up on the puzzle of whether "Jared" is real or merely a figment of her imagination, Kami knows only that he has always been there, exchanging thoughts, emotions, memories and day-to-day minutiae her entire life. Imagine her surprise when the mysterious Lynburn family moves back to town, and while performing research at the local library one day, Kami discovers Jared Lynburn standing before her in corporeal form.

Compelling original premise and a terrific choice and for a summer read! I appreciated the author resisting the temptation of clichéd teenage tropes -- the characters and their voices felt fresh and genuine. Looking forward to the second in the series.

Oct 17, 2016

Nope. This book had potential but the main characters were too whiny and unlikeable. The plot was very weak and very questionable. Some ideas could have worked but the way the characters talked and acted was so annoying! I had hope for this book but I could barely finish because I was soo frustrated with it.

Jan 07, 2016

Ahh, so many mixed feelings about this book. Let’s get right to it then, shall we?

What I liked:

1) Characters. Kami is a clever, determined, quirky, I-don’t-care-what-you-think-of-me heroine. Jared is brooding, but a big sweetheart underneath it all. Ash is a complex person who struggles with the choice of doing the right thing and meeting family expectations. Kami’s dad = hilarious. Kami’s best friend, Angela, is a cranky, yet lovable and loyal soul. Their new friend, Holly, reminds me of a puppy, but I mean that in the best way. Rusty, Angela’s brother, is… well, he’s Rusty.

2) Prose. So lush and lyrical. It definitely gave the book its Gothic feel.

3) The big reveal, which I shall not reveal to you. It’s a bit of a different take on the supernatural.

4) The romance. Lots of tension, very little action, but Jared’s obvious love for Kami is swoony. And his lines are cute.

What I didn’t like:

1) All the characters seemed to have the same voice. I mean, they were different people, but they all said similar sorts of things. For example, not everyone can have that many witty one-liners. Two people, max., should be able to do that on a constant basis because, realistically, not everyone is funny.

2) The dragging plot. I think that either this should have progressed faster or that more strange things should have happened leading up to the climax. I spent a lot of time wondering, not what was going to happen next, but if something was going to happen at all. While the rest of the story after the big reveal was well-paced, the story felt like it really diverged at that point from the beginning set up. There was a lot of filler that could have been tightened or eliminated in the first 200 pages or so. It was unfocused, unpolished, and meandering.

3) The unnecessary angst and inconsistencies with Kami’s and Jared’s personalities. A lot of their reactions to each other didn’t make sense. Granted, their relationship is uncharted territory, so it would be hard to determine how anyone should react in their situation. It was just irritatingly hot and cold. I understand the question Is what I’m feeling even real? in light of their connection, but to support each other so completely, to act as if they are already lovers, and then to turn around and try to hurt each other or ignore each other for petty reasons seems a bit over the top.

I am not sure if I should recommend this or not. Yes/no/yes/no. It’s not all it’s hyped up to be, but I still liked well enough to get the sequel. Cliffhanger ending alert, by the way! This is part of a trilogy, so be aware of the commitment you’re making if you read this.

mvkramer Jul 07, 2015

Was Sarah Rees Brennan trying to make her main character's narrative voice exceptionally annoying? Because she succeeded amazingly well. I had to stop reading after one chapter because it was like fingernails on the chalkboard of my brain. Which is really disappointing because I LOVED Demon's Lexicon.

Jun 27, 2015

I loved this book! I am on the second book now.

Nov 24, 2014

This is a great book. Loved the main character, she is by far one of my favorites!!!

MyJewel12 Nov 11, 2014

I absolutely love this book! I'm so happy my fingers happened to graze its spine on the bookshelf or even bothered to look otherwise I may have never knew about it!

Aug 14, 2014

This book is just AMASING!!! I cannot wait for the third book to come out.

Jul 23, 2014

STUNNING!! Please do yourself a huge favour and drop everything your doing and just READ THIS BOOK!

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Dec 18, 2013

“'Sorry-in-the-Vale, Sorriest River, Crying Pools,' said Jared. 'Is the quarry called Really Depressed Quarry?'”

Dec 18, 2013

“Kami'd always retold her fairy tales to make the fair maidens braver and more self-sufficient, but she had never had any real objection to the handsome prince.”

Dec 18, 2013

“Nothing else ever mattered to me, and you weren’t even real. All I ever wanted was you.”

Dec 18, 2013

“I read books, but I do it because I want to - because it's like an escape in my head, like being with you.”

Dec 18, 2013

“Put the jerk in the south wing, you won't see him for weeks at a time. Or lock him in the attic. The law will not be on your side, but literary precedent will.”

Dec 18, 2013

“If I wasn't going to be a world-famous journalist and if I didn't have such respect for truth and justice, I could be an amazing master criminal.”

Dec 18, 2013

“Listen to me. I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know what any of this means. But I know this much. It doesn’t matter. You’re not one of them. You never were. You’re not theirs. You’re mine.”

Jun 05, 2013

"Forest deep, silent bells
There's a secret no one tells
Valley quiet, water still
Lynburns watching on the hill
Apples red, corn gold
Almost everyone grows old."

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Mar 19, 2015

LoveWolf thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Oct 22, 2012

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Jun 27, 2015

This book is about a teenage girl named Kami Glass. She is a reporter for her school newspaper and loves finding out secrets. She goes on a quest to find out the secrets of her hometown and discovers there is magic among her. She first realizes their is magic when she meets the owner of the voice in her head.

Oct 22, 2012

Kami Glass lives in Sorry-in-the-Vales. It's a quiet English town. She writes for her school newspaper with her friend Angela. Since the day she was born she talks to her "imaginary" friend Jared who she confines to with all her secrets. Suddenly the Lynburn family returns to Sorry-in-the-Vales. The mysterious family practically owns the town. Kami start researching the Lynburns and their return. One of the boys that lives there named Ash volunteers for the newspaper to take pictures and Kami and Ash hit it off. She interviews/talks to Ash to get info off of him. She researches into the Lynburns more and one day the the Lynburn boy appears. Kami, trying to get on elevator meets him. His name is Jared. She tries interviewing him but he discards her. In her head she starts talking to Jared and soon connects the dots that this Jared is the same Jared in her head. She rushes off the elevator right when he grabs her. They have a over powering connection and run away from each other. Later on Kami gets pushed into a well on her way. The connection she has with Jared saves her with Jared rushing to her rescue. Soon they realize some is out to kill Kami and Jared glues him self to her side. They dig deeper into the Lynburns. Kami soon realizes that her mom is hiding something about her and the lynburns. The rest you read on your own cause I really getting tired of typing also this might have some grammar and spelling issues. :D


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