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Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton - Review

Monday, September 28, 2015

Where did I get it? My gorgeous friend Lucinda bought it for me for my birthday in January 

What's it about? Megan's friend Hana has died in an accident and ever since, Megan is too shocked to speak. She's bullied at school by old friends Sadie and Grace. Then Jasmine starts at school and Megan gets close to her. I felt like the narrative jumped about too much in time, I felt like there were abrupt endings to conversations that needed more explanation. I didn't like Megan's mum, and I didn't buy that Megan's grandparents were old enough to have met during WWII, especially given that Megan's mum is only supposed to have been 16 when she was born. I liked Jasmine I guess, and her family. I thought the ending was both hackneyed and abrupt. 

What age range is it for? 14+ probably. It's possibly, apart from the death storyline, suited for a younger teen audience too. 

Are any main characters LGBTQ+? Well, kind of. Jasmine and Megan kiss. 

Are any main characters non-white? It's not stated.

Are any main characters disabled either mentally or physically? Megan is obviously traumatised from what happened. 

Is there any sex stuff? No.

Are drugs mentioned or used? No. 

Is there any talk of death? Yes, since Hana died. 

Are there swear words? If there are, they're infrequent. 

Would I recommend the book? Not really. I didn't find it believable or particularly relatable for a modern teen. It's almost like it was written about 15 years ago. 

How many stars? 3 out of 10. 

Where is the book going now? Not sure, I'll pass it on though. 

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