Everything Left Unsaid - Jessica Davidson

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Everything Left Unsaid - 
Jessica Davidson
August 1, 2012

"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."

Wow. This story absolutely broke my heart. I cried like a little girl. It was so fantastic and so moving. 

Juliet and Tai have been best friends since kindy. They both love the same music, share Red Bull and generally understand each other. They are in their final year of high school and exams, schoolies and university is looming. It has taken this long, but Juliet has finally realised just how much Tai really means to her, in more ways than a friend. Tai has known for awhile and now they are finally getting a chance to be together, to explore the boundaries that their friendship restricted. But things are never easy, and now Tai has found out that he is sick. Will their love and friendship survive?

Juliet and Tai. Tai and Juliet. Best friends since forever, Tai is finally out of the dreaded "friend zone". Their friendship and blossoming romance is so gorgeous, I just hated knowing that something bad was going to happen. But that's what this story is. It is a window into a world where things seems perfect, but hidden underneath the surface is a devastating life change, just waiting to happen.

Juliet is such a strong character. Yes, she cries a lot. I mean, who wouldn't in her situation. She watches her best friend and love of her life change, his health deteriorating, making him a shadow of his former self. Not only is she strong, for standing by, but she is strong, for never giving up. Yes, she has moment's of doubt, of hurt, but overall, she handles the situation really well, considering.

Tai is such a gorgeous character. He just wants to get his licence, graduate, move out with Juliet and live on two-minute noodles. But the world has other plans. From the moment you meet him, you want to be his friend. You want to have that kind of friendship with him and it breaks your heart to watch him disappear, becoming someone else. At least it did for me, perhaps I am just a sap.

We watch them build this romance, and watch it slowly crumble. We see what happens when life throws you a curve ball. We watch them be strong, until they can't be strong anymore. This story is achingly beautiful and will stay with you for a long long time.

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Claire Blennerhassett

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  1. This sounds like such a tear-jerker!!! Great review :D

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  3. Sounds emotional but beautiful, too. So excited to read this, it looks amazing. This might sound weird but I love a tear-jerker every now and then. One that can make me feel ALL THE THINGS. Lovely review, Claire! :)

  4. This was a sweet read but very touching. Glad you enjoyed it despite the heartache we all get at the end.

  5. Oh geez. I think I want to cry just reading your review! This sounds like such an emotionally moving novel; one to leave you a blubbering mess, but inspire and teach you lessons too. And split your heart in half. Sigh. Why do I love the books that hurt the most? I really can't wait to read this, hopefully I can squeeze it into my TBR soon. Amazing review, Claire!


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