Words We Don't Say

Words We Don't Say

Joel Higgins has 901 unsent text messages saved on his phone. Ever since the thing that happened, there are certain people he hasn't been able to talk to in person. Sure, he shows up at school, does his mandatory volunteer hours at the soup kitchen, and spends pretty much every moment thinking about Eli, the most amazing girl in the world. But that doesn't mean he's keeping Joel Higgins has 901 unsent text messages saved on his phone. Ever since the thing that happened, there are certai...

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Title:Words We Don't Say
Author:K.J. Reilly
Rating:
Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:1368016332
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:279 pages pages

Words We Don't Say Reviews

  • Audrey
    Dec 27, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

    Told with a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice and quirky, unsent texts, this story touches on grief, unexpected friendship, community responsibility, faith, and long-suppressed crushes. It is sweet and adorable and heart-rending - just like I like my realistic fiction...

    I didn?t expect much from this book. I only picked it up because it said a kid liked banned books, so duh I had to read it. This book is everything... the characters are diverse and have so much heart! The plot hits ptsd of veterans and kids with trauma, homelessness, loss, family an...

    For a book that starts out kinda slow and not really knowing what is really going on, that ending will truly make up for that to the point that tears will be brought on for the Words We Don't Say! You get this sense early on that something big has happened in Joel's life to make hi...

    ?Mr. Monty called it a form of compounding, said it was a good thing, but later on Benj called it sequential worsening. I figured that Benj was right; things just started to get worse and worse once you made one mistake.? Joel Higgins writes texts messages that he never intends ...

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Disney Books/Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 4/5 Publication Date: October 2, 2018 Genre: YA Contemporary Recommended Age: 15+ (PTSD, homelessness, inner monologues, pain) Pages: 28...

    OMG! I just Loved this book so much! I feel like I need to text all my friends and tell them that they need to read this book - although, unlike Joel Higgins, I will actually send all the texts. The characters are so real. Our main character Joel is an anxious teenager, who happens ...

    For as long as I can remember, I've been a journaler. My husband recently found an old journal of mine that had been written mostly during a largely transitional portion of my life. He found my rambling writing hilarious. I was mostly horrified by the whole experience. But, when he s...

    He was told that keeping a journal to vent out his feelings would help him get over the "thing" that happened, but why would he do something that "girly"? No, that absolutely IS NOT going to happen. So he sends text messages to people. Only, never sends them. So basically he types out ...

    I'm not sure if it's because of my age (adult) or life situation (frequently seeing homeless guys under bridges), but this book really resonated with me. There were several things I appreciated about it. 1. Mostly short chapters. I'll start with the surface. Books with short chapter...

    This book is one of the most honest portrayals of teenage brains, especially an anxious one, and is SO spot on that I think teenagers will recognize themselves in the book and adults will see flashes of their past. It sounds cliche, but this book did make me laugh at parts and sob at p...

    Wow! WORDS WE DON'T SAY has amazing characters, spot-on dialogue, and a powerful message. High school junior Joel Higgins is struggling with the recent loss of his best friend Andy. Life just doesn't seem worth living, but Joel keeps keeping on, looking for meaning somewhere. Follow...

    Not since How I Live Now have a read a novel so well-written in what I like to call first-person panic. This perspective immerses the reader in Joel. His frantic, rambling words read authentically as a teenaged boy, although admittedly, I would have thought him closer to a sophomore th...

    Part hilarious. Part mystery. Part drama. Part romance. Part learning opportunity. I entered to win this book so I could give it to my stepdaughter. I thought she might like it based on the synopsis. I read it before giving it to her, and I don't want to give it up! This book was s...

    A really interesting read in an interesting style. I liked the character development and I liked the way it was written. I felt like it is a story that will grab some of my students who like things that are a bit different. I also feel like the topics brought up and how we handle those...

    By utilizing both standard text and text messages which the main character never sends, we are able to see the grief, anxiety, humor, love and thoughtfulness that Joel rarely shows the outside world. I can't believe this is a debut novel because it has strong characters, plot, and writ...

  • Sonja
    Oct 01, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

    Told with a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice and quirky, unsent texts, this story touches on grief, unexpected friendship, community responsibility, faith, and long-suppressed crushes. It is sweet and adorable and heart-rending - just like I like my realistic fiction...

  • Sally Kruger
    Jan 04, 2019

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

    Told with a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice and quirky, unsent texts, this story touches on grief, unexpected friendship, community responsibility, faith, and long-suppressed crushes. It is sweet and adorable and heart-rending - just like I like my realistic fiction...

    I didn?t expect much from this book. I only picked it up because it said a kid liked banned books, so duh I had to read it. This book is everything... the characters are diverse and have so much heart! The plot hits ptsd of veterans and kids with trauma, homelessness, loss, family an...

    For a book that starts out kinda slow and not really knowing what is really going on, that ending will truly make up for that to the point that tears will be brought on for the Words We Don't Say! You get this sense early on that something big has happened in Joel's life to make hi...

    ?Mr. Monty called it a form of compounding, said it was a good thing, but later on Benj called it sequential worsening. I figured that Benj was right; things just started to get worse and worse once you made one mistake.? Joel Higgins writes texts messages that he never intends ...

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Disney Books/Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 4/5 Publication Date: October 2, 2018 Genre: YA Contemporary Recommended Age: 15+ (PTSD, homelessness, inner monologues, pain) Pages: 28...

    OMG! I just Loved this book so much! I feel like I need to text all my friends and tell them that they need to read this book - although, unlike Joel Higgins, I will actually send all the texts. The characters are so real. Our main character Joel is an anxious teenager, who happens ...

    For as long as I can remember, I've been a journaler. My husband recently found an old journal of mine that had been written mostly during a largely transitional portion of my life. He found my rambling writing hilarious. I was mostly horrified by the whole experience. But, when he s...

    He was told that keeping a journal to vent out his feelings would help him get over the "thing" that happened, but why would he do something that "girly"? No, that absolutely IS NOT going to happen. So he sends text messages to people. Only, never sends them. So basically he types out ...

    I'm not sure if it's because of my age (adult) or life situation (frequently seeing homeless guys under bridges), but this book really resonated with me. There were several things I appreciated about it. 1. Mostly short chapters. I'll start with the surface. Books with short chapter...

    This book is one of the most honest portrayals of teenage brains, especially an anxious one, and is SO spot on that I think teenagers will recognize themselves in the book and adults will see flashes of their past. It sounds cliche, but this book did make me laugh at parts and sob at p...

    Wow! WORDS WE DON'T SAY has amazing characters, spot-on dialogue, and a powerful message. High school junior Joel Higgins is struggling with the recent loss of his best friend Andy. Life just doesn't seem worth living, but Joel keeps keeping on, looking for meaning somewhere. Follow...

  • Sherry
    Jan 01, 2019

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

    Told with a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice and quirky, unsent texts, this story touches on grief, unexpected friendship, community responsibility, faith, and long-suppressed crushes. It is sweet and adorable and heart-rending - just like I like my realistic fiction...

    I didn?t expect much from this book. I only picked it up because it said a kid liked banned books, so duh I had to read it. This book is everything... the characters are diverse and have so much heart! The plot hits ptsd of veterans and kids with trauma, homelessness, loss, family an...

    For a book that starts out kinda slow and not really knowing what is really going on, that ending will truly make up for that to the point that tears will be brought on for the Words We Don't Say! You get this sense early on that something big has happened in Joel's life to make hi...

    ?Mr. Monty called it a form of compounding, said it was a good thing, but later on Benj called it sequential worsening. I figured that Benj was right; things just started to get worse and worse once you made one mistake.? Joel Higgins writes texts messages that he never intends ...

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Disney Books/Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 4/5 Publication Date: October 2, 2018 Genre: YA Contemporary Recommended Age: 15+ (PTSD, homelessness, inner monologues, pain) Pages: 28...

    OMG! I just Loved this book so much! I feel like I need to text all my friends and tell them that they need to read this book - although, unlike Joel Higgins, I will actually send all the texts. The characters are so real. Our main character Joel is an anxious teenager, who happens ...

    For as long as I can remember, I've been a journaler. My husband recently found an old journal of mine that had been written mostly during a largely transitional portion of my life. He found my rambling writing hilarious. I was mostly horrified by the whole experience. But, when he s...

    He was told that keeping a journal to vent out his feelings would help him get over the "thing" that happened, but why would he do something that "girly"? No, that absolutely IS NOT going to happen. So he sends text messages to people. Only, never sends them. So basically he types out ...

    I'm not sure if it's because of my age (adult) or life situation (frequently seeing homeless guys under bridges), but this book really resonated with me. There were several things I appreciated about it. 1. Mostly short chapters. I'll start with the surface. Books with short chapter...

    This book is one of the most honest portrayals of teenage brains, especially an anxious one, and is SO spot on that I think teenagers will recognize themselves in the book and adults will see flashes of their past. It sounds cliche, but this book did make me laugh at parts and sob at p...

    Wow! WORDS WE DON'T SAY has amazing characters, spot-on dialogue, and a powerful message. High school junior Joel Higgins is struggling with the recent loss of his best friend Andy. Life just doesn't seem worth living, but Joel keeps keeping on, looking for meaning somewhere. Follow...

    Not since How I Live Now have a read a novel so well-written in what I like to call first-person panic. This perspective immerses the reader in Joel. His frantic, rambling words read authentically as a teenaged boy, although admittedly, I would have thought him closer to a sophomore th...

    Part hilarious. Part mystery. Part drama. Part romance. Part learning opportunity. I entered to win this book so I could give it to my stepdaughter. I thought she might like it based on the synopsis. I read it before giving it to her, and I don't want to give it up! This book was s...

    A really interesting read in an interesting style. I liked the character development and I liked the way it was written. I felt like it is a story that will grab some of my students who like things that are a bit different. I also feel like the topics brought up and how we handle those...

    By utilizing both standard text and text messages which the main character never sends, we are able to see the grief, anxiety, humor, love and thoughtfulness that Joel rarely shows the outside world. I can't believe this is a debut novel because it has strong characters, plot, and writ...

    This was a very well-written book. A couple of times it felt like Joel was using words that didn't fit his age, but they were mostly part of his thoughts so it seemed plausible. I loved his family, they were wonderful and Benj was great, even before I knew why he had issues. I wasn't t...

    I really loved this book! This book was so touching to read all the unsent messages that Joel saves as drafts. He send messages to his Principal, Eli (the girl he likes) and his friend Andy. It was so real to see how he worked at the soup kitchen interacting with Veterans and having to...

    This book was absolutely PHENOMENAL. It was emotional and NEW and something I didn't think I'd ever read in a YA novel and everything I have come to appreciate. It was engaging and raw and so unique, I haven't read any other book like this one. So, so fantastic. ...

    I really love it when I go to the library & find a book I know nothing about and it turns out to be one I can?t put down. Yes there were some tears but this one was worth it. ...

  • Kay Kuever
    Oct 31, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

    Told with a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice and quirky, unsent texts, this story touches on grief, unexpected friendship, community responsibility, faith, and long-suppressed crushes. It is sweet and adorable and heart-rending - just like I like my realistic fiction...

    I didn?t expect much from this book. I only picked it up because it said a kid liked banned books, so duh I had to read it. This book is everything... the characters are diverse and have so much heart! The plot hits ptsd of veterans and kids with trauma, homelessness, loss, family an...

    For a book that starts out kinda slow and not really knowing what is really going on, that ending will truly make up for that to the point that tears will be brought on for the Words We Don't Say! You get this sense early on that something big has happened in Joel's life to make hi...

    ?Mr. Monty called it a form of compounding, said it was a good thing, but later on Benj called it sequential worsening. I figured that Benj was right; things just started to get worse and worse once you made one mistake.? Joel Higgins writes texts messages that he never intends ...

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Disney Books/Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 4/5 Publication Date: October 2, 2018 Genre: YA Contemporary Recommended Age: 15+ (PTSD, homelessness, inner monologues, pain) Pages: 28...

    OMG! I just Loved this book so much! I feel like I need to text all my friends and tell them that they need to read this book - although, unlike Joel Higgins, I will actually send all the texts. The characters are so real. Our main character Joel is an anxious teenager, who happens ...

    For as long as I can remember, I've been a journaler. My husband recently found an old journal of mine that had been written mostly during a largely transitional portion of my life. He found my rambling writing hilarious. I was mostly horrified by the whole experience. But, when he s...

  • Jena
    Oct 18, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

    Told with a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice and quirky, unsent texts, this story touches on grief, unexpected friendship, community responsibility, faith, and long-suppressed crushes. It is sweet and adorable and heart-rending - just like I like my realistic fiction...

    I didn?t expect much from this book. I only picked it up because it said a kid liked banned books, so duh I had to read it. This book is everything... the characters are diverse and have so much heart! The plot hits ptsd of veterans and kids with trauma, homelessness, loss, family an...

    For a book that starts out kinda slow and not really knowing what is really going on, that ending will truly make up for that to the point that tears will be brought on for the Words We Don't Say! You get this sense early on that something big has happened in Joel's life to make hi...

    ?Mr. Monty called it a form of compounding, said it was a good thing, but later on Benj called it sequential worsening. I figured that Benj was right; things just started to get worse and worse once you made one mistake.? Joel Higgins writes texts messages that he never intends ...

  • Sheri
    Feb 02, 2019

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

    Told with a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice and quirky, unsent texts, this story touches on grief, unexpected friendship, community responsibility, faith, and long-suppressed crushes. It is sweet and adorable and heart-rending - just like I like my realistic fiction...

    I didn?t expect much from this book. I only picked it up because it said a kid liked banned books, so duh I had to read it. This book is everything... the characters are diverse and have so much heart! The plot hits ptsd of veterans and kids with trauma, homelessness, loss, family an...

    For a book that starts out kinda slow and not really knowing what is really going on, that ending will truly make up for that to the point that tears will be brought on for the Words We Don't Say! You get this sense early on that something big has happened in Joel's life to make hi...

    ?Mr. Monty called it a form of compounding, said it was a good thing, but later on Benj called it sequential worsening. I figured that Benj was right; things just started to get worse and worse once you made one mistake.? Joel Higgins writes texts messages that he never intends ...

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Disney Books/Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 4/5 Publication Date: October 2, 2018 Genre: YA Contemporary Recommended Age: 15+ (PTSD, homelessness, inner monologues, pain) Pages: 28...

    OMG! I just Loved this book so much! I feel like I need to text all my friends and tell them that they need to read this book - although, unlike Joel Higgins, I will actually send all the texts. The characters are so real. Our main character Joel is an anxious teenager, who happens ...

    For as long as I can remember, I've been a journaler. My husband recently found an old journal of mine that had been written mostly during a largely transitional portion of my life. He found my rambling writing hilarious. I was mostly horrified by the whole experience. But, when he s...

    He was told that keeping a journal to vent out his feelings would help him get over the "thing" that happened, but why would he do something that "girly"? No, that absolutely IS NOT going to happen. So he sends text messages to people. Only, never sends them. So basically he types out ...

    I'm not sure if it's because of my age (adult) or life situation (frequently seeing homeless guys under bridges), but this book really resonated with me. There were several things I appreciated about it. 1. Mostly short chapters. I'll start with the surface. Books with short chapter...

  • Jen Solak
    Oct 09, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

    Told with a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice and quirky, unsent texts, this story touches on grief, unexpected friendship, community responsibility, faith, and long-suppressed crushes. It is sweet and adorable and heart-rending - just like I like my realistic fiction...

    I didn?t expect much from this book. I only picked it up because it said a kid liked banned books, so duh I had to read it. This book is everything... the characters are diverse and have so much heart! The plot hits ptsd of veterans and kids with trauma, homelessness, loss, family an...

    For a book that starts out kinda slow and not really knowing what is really going on, that ending will truly make up for that to the point that tears will be brought on for the Words We Don't Say! You get this sense early on that something big has happened in Joel's life to make hi...

    ?Mr. Monty called it a form of compounding, said it was a good thing, but later on Benj called it sequential worsening. I figured that Benj was right; things just started to get worse and worse once you made one mistake.? Joel Higgins writes texts messages that he never intends ...

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Disney Books/Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 4/5 Publication Date: October 2, 2018 Genre: YA Contemporary Recommended Age: 15+ (PTSD, homelessness, inner monologues, pain) Pages: 28...

    OMG! I just Loved this book so much! I feel like I need to text all my friends and tell them that they need to read this book - although, unlike Joel Higgins, I will actually send all the texts. The characters are so real. Our main character Joel is an anxious teenager, who happens ...

    For as long as I can remember, I've been a journaler. My husband recently found an old journal of mine that had been written mostly during a largely transitional portion of my life. He found my rambling writing hilarious. I was mostly horrified by the whole experience. But, when he s...

    He was told that keeping a journal to vent out his feelings would help him get over the "thing" that happened, but why would he do something that "girly"? No, that absolutely IS NOT going to happen. So he sends text messages to people. Only, never sends them. So basically he types out ...

    I'm not sure if it's because of my age (adult) or life situation (frequently seeing homeless guys under bridges), but this book really resonated with me. There were several things I appreciated about it. 1. Mostly short chapters. I'll start with the surface. Books with short chapter...

    This book is one of the most honest portrayals of teenage brains, especially an anxious one, and is SO spot on that I think teenagers will recognize themselves in the book and adults will see flashes of their past. It sounds cliche, but this book did make me laugh at parts and sob at p...

  • Dianne
    Sep 20, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

  • Jessica
    Jul 01, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Sep 23, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

  • Brenda Ayala
    Oct 15, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

  • Brigitte
    Nov 04, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

    Told with a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice and quirky, unsent texts, this story touches on grief, unexpected friendship, community responsibility, faith, and long-suppressed crushes. It is sweet and adorable and heart-rending - just like I like my realistic fiction...

    I didn?t expect much from this book. I only picked it up because it said a kid liked banned books, so duh I had to read it. This book is everything... the characters are diverse and have so much heart! The plot hits ptsd of veterans and kids with trauma, homelessness, loss, family an...

  • Judy Beetem
    Aug 13, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

  • Michaela
    Feb 03, 2019

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

    Told with a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice and quirky, unsent texts, this story touches on grief, unexpected friendship, community responsibility, faith, and long-suppressed crushes. It is sweet and adorable and heart-rending - just like I like my realistic fiction...

    I didn?t expect much from this book. I only picked it up because it said a kid liked banned books, so duh I had to read it. This book is everything... the characters are diverse and have so much heart! The plot hits ptsd of veterans and kids with trauma, homelessness, loss, family an...

    For a book that starts out kinda slow and not really knowing what is really going on, that ending will truly make up for that to the point that tears will be brought on for the Words We Don't Say! You get this sense early on that something big has happened in Joel's life to make hi...

    ?Mr. Monty called it a form of compounding, said it was a good thing, but later on Benj called it sequential worsening. I figured that Benj was right; things just started to get worse and worse once you made one mistake.? Joel Higgins writes texts messages that he never intends ...

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Disney Books/Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 4/5 Publication Date: October 2, 2018 Genre: YA Contemporary Recommended Age: 15+ (PTSD, homelessness, inner monologues, pain) Pages: 28...

    OMG! I just Loved this book so much! I feel like I need to text all my friends and tell them that they need to read this book - although, unlike Joel Higgins, I will actually send all the texts. The characters are so real. Our main character Joel is an anxious teenager, who happens ...

    For as long as I can remember, I've been a journaler. My husband recently found an old journal of mine that had been written mostly during a largely transitional portion of my life. He found my rambling writing hilarious. I was mostly horrified by the whole experience. But, when he s...

    He was told that keeping a journal to vent out his feelings would help him get over the "thing" that happened, but why would he do something that "girly"? No, that absolutely IS NOT going to happen. So he sends text messages to people. Only, never sends them. So basically he types out ...

    I'm not sure if it's because of my age (adult) or life situation (frequently seeing homeless guys under bridges), but this book really resonated with me. There were several things I appreciated about it. 1. Mostly short chapters. I'll start with the surface. Books with short chapter...

    This book is one of the most honest portrayals of teenage brains, especially an anxious one, and is SO spot on that I think teenagers will recognize themselves in the book and adults will see flashes of their past. It sounds cliche, but this book did make me laugh at parts and sob at p...

    Wow! WORDS WE DON'T SAY has amazing characters, spot-on dialogue, and a powerful message. High school junior Joel Higgins is struggling with the recent loss of his best friend Andy. Life just doesn't seem worth living, but Joel keeps keeping on, looking for meaning somewhere. Follow...

    Not since How I Live Now have a read a novel so well-written in what I like to call first-person panic. This perspective immerses the reader in Joel. His frantic, rambling words read authentically as a teenaged boy, although admittedly, I would have thought him closer to a sophomore th...

    Part hilarious. Part mystery. Part drama. Part romance. Part learning opportunity. I entered to win this book so I could give it to my stepdaughter. I thought she might like it based on the synopsis. I read it before giving it to her, and I don't want to give it up! This book was s...

    A really interesting read in an interesting style. I liked the character development and I liked the way it was written. I felt like it is a story that will grab some of my students who like things that are a bit different. I also feel like the topics brought up and how we handle those...

    By utilizing both standard text and text messages which the main character never sends, we are able to see the grief, anxiety, humor, love and thoughtfulness that Joel rarely shows the outside world. I can't believe this is a debut novel because it has strong characters, plot, and writ...

    This was a very well-written book. A couple of times it felt like Joel was using words that didn't fit his age, but they were mostly part of his thoughts so it seemed plausible. I loved his family, they were wonderful and Benj was great, even before I knew why he had issues. I wasn't t...

    I really loved this book! This book was so touching to read all the unsent messages that Joel saves as drafts. He send messages to his Principal, Eli (the girl he likes) and his friend Andy. It was so real to see how he worked at the soup kitchen interacting with Veterans and having to...

    This book was absolutely PHENOMENAL. It was emotional and NEW and something I didn't think I'd ever read in a YA novel and everything I have come to appreciate. It was engaging and raw and so unique, I haven't read any other book like this one. So, so fantastic. ...

    I really love it when I go to the library & find a book I know nothing about and it turns out to be one I can?t put down. Yes there were some tears but this one was worth it. ...

    The rawest and realest depiction of PTSD and anxiety that I have ever read. A must read. ...

  • Rayleigh
    Aug 31, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

    Told with a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice and quirky, unsent texts, this story touches on grief, unexpected friendship, community responsibility, faith, and long-suppressed crushes. It is sweet and adorable and heart-rending - just like I like my realistic fiction...

    I didn?t expect much from this book. I only picked it up because it said a kid liked banned books, so duh I had to read it. This book is everything... the characters are diverse and have so much heart! The plot hits ptsd of veterans and kids with trauma, homelessness, loss, family an...

    For a book that starts out kinda slow and not really knowing what is really going on, that ending will truly make up for that to the point that tears will be brought on for the Words We Don't Say! You get this sense early on that something big has happened in Joel's life to make hi...

    ?Mr. Monty called it a form of compounding, said it was a good thing, but later on Benj called it sequential worsening. I figured that Benj was right; things just started to get worse and worse once you made one mistake.? Joel Higgins writes texts messages that he never intends ...

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Disney Books/Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 4/5 Publication Date: October 2, 2018 Genre: YA Contemporary Recommended Age: 15+ (PTSD, homelessness, inner monologues, pain) Pages: 28...

    OMG! I just Loved this book so much! I feel like I need to text all my friends and tell them that they need to read this book - although, unlike Joel Higgins, I will actually send all the texts. The characters are so real. Our main character Joel is an anxious teenager, who happens ...

    For as long as I can remember, I've been a journaler. My husband recently found an old journal of mine that had been written mostly during a largely transitional portion of my life. He found my rambling writing hilarious. I was mostly horrified by the whole experience. But, when he s...

    He was told that keeping a journal to vent out his feelings would help him get over the "thing" that happened, but why would he do something that "girly"? No, that absolutely IS NOT going to happen. So he sends text messages to people. Only, never sends them. So basically he types out ...

  • Laura Henderson
    Oct 19, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

    Told with a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice and quirky, unsent texts, this story touches on grief, unexpected friendship, community responsibility, faith, and long-suppressed crushes. It is sweet and adorable and heart-rending - just like I like my realistic fiction...

    I didn?t expect much from this book. I only picked it up because it said a kid liked banned books, so duh I had to read it. This book is everything... the characters are diverse and have so much heart! The plot hits ptsd of veterans and kids with trauma, homelessness, loss, family an...

    For a book that starts out kinda slow and not really knowing what is really going on, that ending will truly make up for that to the point that tears will be brought on for the Words We Don't Say! You get this sense early on that something big has happened in Joel's life to make hi...

    ?Mr. Monty called it a form of compounding, said it was a good thing, but later on Benj called it sequential worsening. I figured that Benj was right; things just started to get worse and worse once you made one mistake.? Joel Higgins writes texts messages that he never intends ...

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Disney Books/Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 4/5 Publication Date: October 2, 2018 Genre: YA Contemporary Recommended Age: 15+ (PTSD, homelessness, inner monologues, pain) Pages: 28...

    OMG! I just Loved this book so much! I feel like I need to text all my friends and tell them that they need to read this book - although, unlike Joel Higgins, I will actually send all the texts. The characters are so real. Our main character Joel is an anxious teenager, who happens ...

    For as long as I can remember, I've been a journaler. My husband recently found an old journal of mine that had been written mostly during a largely transitional portion of my life. He found my rambling writing hilarious. I was mostly horrified by the whole experience. But, when he s...

    He was told that keeping a journal to vent out his feelings would help him get over the "thing" that happened, but why would he do something that "girly"? No, that absolutely IS NOT going to happen. So he sends text messages to people. Only, never sends them. So basically he types out ...

    I'm not sure if it's because of my age (adult) or life situation (frequently seeing homeless guys under bridges), but this book really resonated with me. There were several things I appreciated about it. 1. Mostly short chapters. I'll start with the surface. Books with short chapter...

    This book is one of the most honest portrayals of teenage brains, especially an anxious one, and is SO spot on that I think teenagers will recognize themselves in the book and adults will see flashes of their past. It sounds cliche, but this book did make me laugh at parts and sob at p...

    Wow! WORDS WE DON'T SAY has amazing characters, spot-on dialogue, and a powerful message. High school junior Joel Higgins is struggling with the recent loss of his best friend Andy. Life just doesn't seem worth living, but Joel keeps keeping on, looking for meaning somewhere. Follow...

    Not since How I Live Now have a read a novel so well-written in what I like to call first-person panic. This perspective immerses the reader in Joel. His frantic, rambling words read authentically as a teenaged boy, although admittedly, I would have thought him closer to a sophomore th...

    Part hilarious. Part mystery. Part drama. Part romance. Part learning opportunity. I entered to win this book so I could give it to my stepdaughter. I thought she might like it based on the synopsis. I read it before giving it to her, and I don't want to give it up! This book was s...

    A really interesting read in an interesting style. I liked the character development and I liked the way it was written. I felt like it is a story that will grab some of my students who like things that are a bit different. I also feel like the topics brought up and how we handle those...

    By utilizing both standard text and text messages which the main character never sends, we are able to see the grief, anxiety, humor, love and thoughtfulness that Joel rarely shows the outside world. I can't believe this is a debut novel because it has strong characters, plot, and writ...

    This was a very well-written book. A couple of times it felt like Joel was using words that didn't fit his age, but they were mostly part of his thoughts so it seemed plausible. I loved his family, they were wonderful and Benj was great, even before I knew why he had issues. I wasn't t...

    I really loved this book! This book was so touching to read all the unsent messages that Joel saves as drafts. He send messages to his Principal, Eli (the girl he likes) and his friend Andy. It was so real to see how he worked at the soup kitchen interacting with Veterans and having to...

  • Scott Bartlett
    Aug 03, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

    Told with a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice and quirky, unsent texts, this story touches on grief, unexpected friendship, community responsibility, faith, and long-suppressed crushes. It is sweet and adorable and heart-rending - just like I like my realistic fiction...

    I didn?t expect much from this book. I only picked it up because it said a kid liked banned books, so duh I had to read it. This book is everything... the characters are diverse and have so much heart! The plot hits ptsd of veterans and kids with trauma, homelessness, loss, family an...

    For a book that starts out kinda slow and not really knowing what is really going on, that ending will truly make up for that to the point that tears will be brought on for the Words We Don't Say! You get this sense early on that something big has happened in Joel's life to make hi...

    ?Mr. Monty called it a form of compounding, said it was a good thing, but later on Benj called it sequential worsening. I figured that Benj was right; things just started to get worse and worse once you made one mistake.? Joel Higgins writes texts messages that he never intends ...

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Disney Books/Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 4/5 Publication Date: October 2, 2018 Genre: YA Contemporary Recommended Age: 15+ (PTSD, homelessness, inner monologues, pain) Pages: 28...

    OMG! I just Loved this book so much! I feel like I need to text all my friends and tell them that they need to read this book - although, unlike Joel Higgins, I will actually send all the texts. The characters are so real. Our main character Joel is an anxious teenager, who happens ...

    For as long as I can remember, I've been a journaler. My husband recently found an old journal of mine that had been written mostly during a largely transitional portion of my life. He found my rambling writing hilarious. I was mostly horrified by the whole experience. But, when he s...

    He was told that keeping a journal to vent out his feelings would help him get over the "thing" that happened, but why would he do something that "girly"? No, that absolutely IS NOT going to happen. So he sends text messages to people. Only, never sends them. So basically he types out ...

    I'm not sure if it's because of my age (adult) or life situation (frequently seeing homeless guys under bridges), but this book really resonated with me. There were several things I appreciated about it. 1. Mostly short chapters. I'll start with the surface. Books with short chapter...

    This book is one of the most honest portrayals of teenage brains, especially an anxious one, and is SO spot on that I think teenagers will recognize themselves in the book and adults will see flashes of their past. It sounds cliche, but this book did make me laugh at parts and sob at p...

    Wow! WORDS WE DON'T SAY has amazing characters, spot-on dialogue, and a powerful message. High school junior Joel Higgins is struggling with the recent loss of his best friend Andy. Life just doesn't seem worth living, but Joel keeps keeping on, looking for meaning somewhere. Follow...

    Not since How I Live Now have a read a novel so well-written in what I like to call first-person panic. This perspective immerses the reader in Joel. His frantic, rambling words read authentically as a teenaged boy, although admittedly, I would have thought him closer to a sophomore th...

    Part hilarious. Part mystery. Part drama. Part romance. Part learning opportunity. I entered to win this book so I could give it to my stepdaughter. I thought she might like it based on the synopsis. I read it before giving it to her, and I don't want to give it up! This book was s...

    A really interesting read in an interesting style. I liked the character development and I liked the way it was written. I felt like it is a story that will grab some of my students who like things that are a bit different. I also feel like the topics brought up and how we handle those...

    By utilizing both standard text and text messages which the main character never sends, we are able to see the grief, anxiety, humor, love and thoughtfulness that Joel rarely shows the outside world. I can't believe this is a debut novel because it has strong characters, plot, and writ...

    This was a very well-written book. A couple of times it felt like Joel was using words that didn't fit his age, but they were mostly part of his thoughts so it seemed plausible. I loved his family, they were wonderful and Benj was great, even before I knew why he had issues. I wasn't t...

    I really loved this book! This book was so touching to read all the unsent messages that Joel saves as drafts. He send messages to his Principal, Eli (the girl he likes) and his friend Andy. It was so real to see how he worked at the soup kitchen interacting with Veterans and having to...

    This book was absolutely PHENOMENAL. It was emotional and NEW and something I didn't think I'd ever read in a YA novel and everything I have come to appreciate. It was engaging and raw and so unique, I haven't read any other book like this one. So, so fantastic. ...

    I really love it when I go to the library & find a book I know nothing about and it turns out to be one I can?t put down. Yes there were some tears but this one was worth it. ...

    The rawest and realest depiction of PTSD and anxiety that I have ever read. A must read. ...

    Joel Higgins has a phone full of unsent text messages. He has gone through some difficult experiences lately, and his phone is his personal journal. Whenever he has something to say, he writes it in a text, then saves the draft for later so he does not send something he might regret la...

  • Lone Tree Reviews
    Nov 01, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

    Told with a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice and quirky, unsent texts, this story touches on grief, unexpected friendship, community responsibility, faith, and long-suppressed crushes. It is sweet and adorable and heart-rending - just like I like my realistic fiction...

    I didn?t expect much from this book. I only picked it up because it said a kid liked banned books, so duh I had to read it. This book is everything... the characters are diverse and have so much heart! The plot hits ptsd of veterans and kids with trauma, homelessness, loss, family an...

    For a book that starts out kinda slow and not really knowing what is really going on, that ending will truly make up for that to the point that tears will be brought on for the Words We Don't Say! You get this sense early on that something big has happened in Joel's life to make hi...

  • Wendy Lewis
    Jan 24, 2019

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

    Told with a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice and quirky, unsent texts, this story touches on grief, unexpected friendship, community responsibility, faith, and long-suppressed crushes. It is sweet and adorable and heart-rending - just like I like my realistic fiction...

    I didn?t expect much from this book. I only picked it up because it said a kid liked banned books, so duh I had to read it. This book is everything... the characters are diverse and have so much heart! The plot hits ptsd of veterans and kids with trauma, homelessness, loss, family an...

    For a book that starts out kinda slow and not really knowing what is really going on, that ending will truly make up for that to the point that tears will be brought on for the Words We Don't Say! You get this sense early on that something big has happened in Joel's life to make hi...

    ?Mr. Monty called it a form of compounding, said it was a good thing, but later on Benj called it sequential worsening. I figured that Benj was right; things just started to get worse and worse once you made one mistake.? Joel Higgins writes texts messages that he never intends ...

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Disney Books/Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 4/5 Publication Date: October 2, 2018 Genre: YA Contemporary Recommended Age: 15+ (PTSD, homelessness, inner monologues, pain) Pages: 28...

    OMG! I just Loved this book so much! I feel like I need to text all my friends and tell them that they need to read this book - although, unlike Joel Higgins, I will actually send all the texts. The characters are so real. Our main character Joel is an anxious teenager, who happens ...

    For as long as I can remember, I've been a journaler. My husband recently found an old journal of mine that had been written mostly during a largely transitional portion of my life. He found my rambling writing hilarious. I was mostly horrified by the whole experience. But, when he s...

    He was told that keeping a journal to vent out his feelings would help him get over the "thing" that happened, but why would he do something that "girly"? No, that absolutely IS NOT going to happen. So he sends text messages to people. Only, never sends them. So basically he types out ...

    I'm not sure if it's because of my age (adult) or life situation (frequently seeing homeless guys under bridges), but this book really resonated with me. There were several things I appreciated about it. 1. Mostly short chapters. I'll start with the surface. Books with short chapter...

    This book is one of the most honest portrayals of teenage brains, especially an anxious one, and is SO spot on that I think teenagers will recognize themselves in the book and adults will see flashes of their past. It sounds cliche, but this book did make me laugh at parts and sob at p...

    Wow! WORDS WE DON'T SAY has amazing characters, spot-on dialogue, and a powerful message. High school junior Joel Higgins is struggling with the recent loss of his best friend Andy. Life just doesn't seem worth living, but Joel keeps keeping on, looking for meaning somewhere. Follow...

    Not since How I Live Now have a read a novel so well-written in what I like to call first-person panic. This perspective immerses the reader in Joel. His frantic, rambling words read authentically as a teenaged boy, although admittedly, I would have thought him closer to a sophomore th...

    Part hilarious. Part mystery. Part drama. Part romance. Part learning opportunity. I entered to win this book so I could give it to my stepdaughter. I thought she might like it based on the synopsis. I read it before giving it to her, and I don't want to give it up! This book was s...

    A really interesting read in an interesting style. I liked the character development and I liked the way it was written. I felt like it is a story that will grab some of my students who like things that are a bit different. I also feel like the topics brought up and how we handle those...

    By utilizing both standard text and text messages which the main character never sends, we are able to see the grief, anxiety, humor, love and thoughtfulness that Joel rarely shows the outside world. I can't believe this is a debut novel because it has strong characters, plot, and writ...

    This was a very well-written book. A couple of times it felt like Joel was using words that didn't fit his age, but they were mostly part of his thoughts so it seemed plausible. I loved his family, they were wonderful and Benj was great, even before I knew why he had issues. I wasn't t...

  • Marcia (Trendy Simple Life)
    Oct 29, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

    Told with a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice and quirky, unsent texts, this story touches on grief, unexpected friendship, community responsibility, faith, and long-suppressed crushes. It is sweet and adorable and heart-rending - just like I like my realistic fiction...

    I didn?t expect much from this book. I only picked it up because it said a kid liked banned books, so duh I had to read it. This book is everything... the characters are diverse and have so much heart! The plot hits ptsd of veterans and kids with trauma, homelessness, loss, family an...

    For a book that starts out kinda slow and not really knowing what is really going on, that ending will truly make up for that to the point that tears will be brought on for the Words We Don't Say! You get this sense early on that something big has happened in Joel's life to make hi...

    ?Mr. Monty called it a form of compounding, said it was a good thing, but later on Benj called it sequential worsening. I figured that Benj was right; things just started to get worse and worse once you made one mistake.? Joel Higgins writes texts messages that he never intends ...

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Disney Books/Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 4/5 Publication Date: October 2, 2018 Genre: YA Contemporary Recommended Age: 15+ (PTSD, homelessness, inner monologues, pain) Pages: 28...

    OMG! I just Loved this book so much! I feel like I need to text all my friends and tell them that they need to read this book - although, unlike Joel Higgins, I will actually send all the texts. The characters are so real. Our main character Joel is an anxious teenager, who happens ...

  • Sarah
    Aug 02, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

    Told with a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice and quirky, unsent texts, this story touches on grief, unexpected friendship, community responsibility, faith, and long-suppressed crushes. It is sweet and adorable and heart-rending - just like I like my realistic fiction...

    I didn?t expect much from this book. I only picked it up because it said a kid liked banned books, so duh I had to read it. This book is everything... the characters are diverse and have so much heart! The plot hits ptsd of veterans and kids with trauma, homelessness, loss, family an...

    For a book that starts out kinda slow and not really knowing what is really going on, that ending will truly make up for that to the point that tears will be brought on for the Words We Don't Say! You get this sense early on that something big has happened in Joel's life to make hi...

    ?Mr. Monty called it a form of compounding, said it was a good thing, but later on Benj called it sequential worsening. I figured that Benj was right; things just started to get worse and worse once you made one mistake.? Joel Higgins writes texts messages that he never intends ...

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Disney Books/Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 4/5 Publication Date: October 2, 2018 Genre: YA Contemporary Recommended Age: 15+ (PTSD, homelessness, inner monologues, pain) Pages: 28...

    OMG! I just Loved this book so much! I feel like I need to text all my friends and tell them that they need to read this book - although, unlike Joel Higgins, I will actually send all the texts. The characters are so real. Our main character Joel is an anxious teenager, who happens ...

    For as long as I can remember, I've been a journaler. My husband recently found an old journal of mine that had been written mostly during a largely transitional portion of my life. He found my rambling writing hilarious. I was mostly horrified by the whole experience. But, when he s...

    He was told that keeping a journal to vent out his feelings would help him get over the "thing" that happened, but why would he do something that "girly"? No, that absolutely IS NOT going to happen. So he sends text messages to people. Only, never sends them. So basically he types out ...

    I'm not sure if it's because of my age (adult) or life situation (frequently seeing homeless guys under bridges), but this book really resonated with me. There were several things I appreciated about it. 1. Mostly short chapters. I'll start with the surface. Books with short chapter...

    This book is one of the most honest portrayals of teenage brains, especially an anxious one, and is SO spot on that I think teenagers will recognize themselves in the book and adults will see flashes of their past. It sounds cliche, but this book did make me laugh at parts and sob at p...

    Wow! WORDS WE DON'T SAY has amazing characters, spot-on dialogue, and a powerful message. High school junior Joel Higgins is struggling with the recent loss of his best friend Andy. Life just doesn't seem worth living, but Joel keeps keeping on, looking for meaning somewhere. Follow...

    Not since How I Live Now have a read a novel so well-written in what I like to call first-person panic. This perspective immerses the reader in Joel. His frantic, rambling words read authentically as a teenaged boy, although admittedly, I would have thought him closer to a sophomore th...

    Part hilarious. Part mystery. Part drama. Part romance. Part learning opportunity. I entered to win this book so I could give it to my stepdaughter. I thought she might like it based on the synopsis. I read it before giving it to her, and I don't want to give it up! This book was s...

    A really interesting read in an interesting style. I liked the character development and I liked the way it was written. I felt like it is a story that will grab some of my students who like things that are a bit different. I also feel like the topics brought up and how we handle those...

  • Dani
    Sep 20, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

    Told with a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice and quirky, unsent texts, this story touches on grief, unexpected friendship, community responsibility, faith, and long-suppressed crushes. It is sweet and adorable and heart-rending - just like I like my realistic fiction...

    I didn?t expect much from this book. I only picked it up because it said a kid liked banned books, so duh I had to read it. This book is everything... the characters are diverse and have so much heart! The plot hits ptsd of veterans and kids with trauma, homelessness, loss, family an...

    For a book that starts out kinda slow and not really knowing what is really going on, that ending will truly make up for that to the point that tears will be brought on for the Words We Don't Say! You get this sense early on that something big has happened in Joel's life to make hi...

    ?Mr. Monty called it a form of compounding, said it was a good thing, but later on Benj called it sequential worsening. I figured that Benj was right; things just started to get worse and worse once you made one mistake.? Joel Higgins writes texts messages that he never intends ...

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Disney Books/Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 4/5 Publication Date: October 2, 2018 Genre: YA Contemporary Recommended Age: 15+ (PTSD, homelessness, inner monologues, pain) Pages: 28...

    OMG! I just Loved this book so much! I feel like I need to text all my friends and tell them that they need to read this book - although, unlike Joel Higgins, I will actually send all the texts. The characters are so real. Our main character Joel is an anxious teenager, who happens ...

    For as long as I can remember, I've been a journaler. My husband recently found an old journal of mine that had been written mostly during a largely transitional portion of my life. He found my rambling writing hilarious. I was mostly horrified by the whole experience. But, when he s...

    He was told that keeping a journal to vent out his feelings would help him get over the "thing" that happened, but why would he do something that "girly"? No, that absolutely IS NOT going to happen. So he sends text messages to people. Only, never sends them. So basically he types out ...

    I'm not sure if it's because of my age (adult) or life situation (frequently seeing homeless guys under bridges), but this book really resonated with me. There were several things I appreciated about it. 1. Mostly short chapters. I'll start with the surface. Books with short chapter...

    This book is one of the most honest portrayals of teenage brains, especially an anxious one, and is SO spot on that I think teenagers will recognize themselves in the book and adults will see flashes of their past. It sounds cliche, but this book did make me laugh at parts and sob at p...

    Wow! WORDS WE DON'T SAY has amazing characters, spot-on dialogue, and a powerful message. High school junior Joel Higgins is struggling with the recent loss of his best friend Andy. Life just doesn't seem worth living, but Joel keeps keeping on, looking for meaning somewhere. Follow...

    Not since How I Live Now have a read a novel so well-written in what I like to call first-person panic. This perspective immerses the reader in Joel. His frantic, rambling words read authentically as a teenaged boy, although admittedly, I would have thought him closer to a sophomore th...

    Part hilarious. Part mystery. Part drama. Part romance. Part learning opportunity. I entered to win this book so I could give it to my stepdaughter. I thought she might like it based on the synopsis. I read it before giving it to her, and I don't want to give it up! This book was s...

    A really interesting read in an interesting style. I liked the character development and I liked the way it was written. I felt like it is a story that will grab some of my students who like things that are a bit different. I also feel like the topics brought up and how we handle those...

    By utilizing both standard text and text messages which the main character never sends, we are able to see the grief, anxiety, humor, love and thoughtfulness that Joel rarely shows the outside world. I can't believe this is a debut novel because it has strong characters, plot, and writ...

    This was a very well-written book. A couple of times it felt like Joel was using words that didn't fit his age, but they were mostly part of his thoughts so it seemed plausible. I loved his family, they were wonderful and Benj was great, even before I knew why he had issues. I wasn't t...

    I really loved this book! This book was so touching to read all the unsent messages that Joel saves as drafts. He send messages to his Principal, Eli (the girl he likes) and his friend Andy. It was so real to see how he worked at the soup kitchen interacting with Veterans and having to...

    This book was absolutely PHENOMENAL. It was emotional and NEW and something I didn't think I'd ever read in a YA novel and everything I have come to appreciate. It was engaging and raw and so unique, I haven't read any other book like this one. So, so fantastic. ...

  • Paige Green
    Oct 21, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

    Told with a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice and quirky, unsent texts, this story touches on grief, unexpected friendship, community responsibility, faith, and long-suppressed crushes. It is sweet and adorable and heart-rending - just like I like my realistic fiction...

    I didn?t expect much from this book. I only picked it up because it said a kid liked banned books, so duh I had to read it. This book is everything... the characters are diverse and have so much heart! The plot hits ptsd of veterans and kids with trauma, homelessness, loss, family an...

    For a book that starts out kinda slow and not really knowing what is really going on, that ending will truly make up for that to the point that tears will be brought on for the Words We Don't Say! You get this sense early on that something big has happened in Joel's life to make hi...

    ?Mr. Monty called it a form of compounding, said it was a good thing, but later on Benj called it sequential worsening. I figured that Benj was right; things just started to get worse and worse once you made one mistake.? Joel Higgins writes texts messages that he never intends ...

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Disney Books/Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 4/5 Publication Date: October 2, 2018 Genre: YA Contemporary Recommended Age: 15+ (PTSD, homelessness, inner monologues, pain) Pages: 28...

  • Marie
    Dec 15, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

    Told with a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice and quirky, unsent texts, this story touches on grief, unexpected friendship, community responsibility, faith, and long-suppressed crushes. It is sweet and adorable and heart-rending - just like I like my realistic fiction...

    I didn?t expect much from this book. I only picked it up because it said a kid liked banned books, so duh I had to read it. This book is everything... the characters are diverse and have so much heart! The plot hits ptsd of veterans and kids with trauma, homelessness, loss, family an...

    For a book that starts out kinda slow and not really knowing what is really going on, that ending will truly make up for that to the point that tears will be brought on for the Words We Don't Say! You get this sense early on that something big has happened in Joel's life to make hi...

    ?Mr. Monty called it a form of compounding, said it was a good thing, but later on Benj called it sequential worsening. I figured that Benj was right; things just started to get worse and worse once you made one mistake.? Joel Higgins writes texts messages that he never intends ...

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Disney Books/Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 4/5 Publication Date: October 2, 2018 Genre: YA Contemporary Recommended Age: 15+ (PTSD, homelessness, inner monologues, pain) Pages: 28...

    OMG! I just Loved this book so much! I feel like I need to text all my friends and tell them that they need to read this book - although, unlike Joel Higgins, I will actually send all the texts. The characters are so real. Our main character Joel is an anxious teenager, who happens ...

    For as long as I can remember, I've been a journaler. My husband recently found an old journal of mine that had been written mostly during a largely transitional portion of my life. He found my rambling writing hilarious. I was mostly horrified by the whole experience. But, when he s...

    He was told that keeping a journal to vent out his feelings would help him get over the "thing" that happened, but why would he do something that "girly"? No, that absolutely IS NOT going to happen. So he sends text messages to people. Only, never sends them. So basically he types out ...

    I'm not sure if it's because of my age (adult) or life situation (frequently seeing homeless guys under bridges), but this book really resonated with me. There were several things I appreciated about it. 1. Mostly short chapters. I'll start with the surface. Books with short chapter...

    This book is one of the most honest portrayals of teenage brains, especially an anxious one, and is SO spot on that I think teenagers will recognize themselves in the book and adults will see flashes of their past. It sounds cliche, but this book did make me laugh at parts and sob at p...

    Wow! WORDS WE DON'T SAY has amazing characters, spot-on dialogue, and a powerful message. High school junior Joel Higgins is struggling with the recent loss of his best friend Andy. Life just doesn't seem worth living, but Joel keeps keeping on, looking for meaning somewhere. Follow...

    Not since How I Live Now have a read a novel so well-written in what I like to call first-person panic. This perspective immerses the reader in Joel. His frantic, rambling words read authentically as a teenaged boy, although admittedly, I would have thought him closer to a sophomore th...

    Part hilarious. Part mystery. Part drama. Part romance. Part learning opportunity. I entered to win this book so I could give it to my stepdaughter. I thought she might like it based on the synopsis. I read it before giving it to her, and I don't want to give it up! This book was s...

    A really interesting read in an interesting style. I liked the character development and I liked the way it was written. I felt like it is a story that will grab some of my students who like things that are a bit different. I also feel like the topics brought up and how we handle those...

    By utilizing both standard text and text messages which the main character never sends, we are able to see the grief, anxiety, humor, love and thoughtfulness that Joel rarely shows the outside world. I can't believe this is a debut novel because it has strong characters, plot, and writ...

    This was a very well-written book. A couple of times it felt like Joel was using words that didn't fit his age, but they were mostly part of his thoughts so it seemed plausible. I loved his family, they were wonderful and Benj was great, even before I knew why he had issues. I wasn't t...

    I really loved this book! This book was so touching to read all the unsent messages that Joel saves as drafts. He send messages to his Principal, Eli (the girl he likes) and his friend Andy. It was so real to see how he worked at the soup kitchen interacting with Veterans and having to...

    This book was absolutely PHENOMENAL. It was emotional and NEW and something I didn't think I'd ever read in a YA novel and everything I have come to appreciate. It was engaging and raw and so unique, I haven't read any other book like this one. So, so fantastic. ...

    I really love it when I go to the library & find a book I know nothing about and it turns out to be one I can?t put down. Yes there were some tears but this one was worth it. ...

    The rawest and realest depiction of PTSD and anxiety that I have ever read. A must read. ...

    Joel Higgins has a phone full of unsent text messages. He has gone through some difficult experiences lately, and his phone is his personal journal. Whenever he has something to say, he writes it in a text, then saves the draft for later so he does not send something he might regret la...

    "Most of the guys who showed up at the soup kitchen weren't veterans or alcoholics of addicts or mentally ill. They were just normal guys who's lost the cosmic luck lottery." "What is going on here and who's in charge?" "Despite our good intentions, we were just shuffling the car...

  • Amanda
    Sep 08, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

    Told with a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice and quirky, unsent texts, this story touches on grief, unexpected friendship, community responsibility, faith, and long-suppressed crushes. It is sweet and adorable and heart-rending - just like I like my realistic fiction...

    I didn?t expect much from this book. I only picked it up because it said a kid liked banned books, so duh I had to read it. This book is everything... the characters are diverse and have so much heart! The plot hits ptsd of veterans and kids with trauma, homelessness, loss, family an...

    For a book that starts out kinda slow and not really knowing what is really going on, that ending will truly make up for that to the point that tears will be brought on for the Words We Don't Say! You get this sense early on that something big has happened in Joel's life to make hi...

    ?Mr. Monty called it a form of compounding, said it was a good thing, but later on Benj called it sequential worsening. I figured that Benj was right; things just started to get worse and worse once you made one mistake.? Joel Higgins writes texts messages that he never intends ...

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Disney Books/Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 4/5 Publication Date: October 2, 2018 Genre: YA Contemporary Recommended Age: 15+ (PTSD, homelessness, inner monologues, pain) Pages: 28...

    OMG! I just Loved this book so much! I feel like I need to text all my friends and tell them that they need to read this book - although, unlike Joel Higgins, I will actually send all the texts. The characters are so real. Our main character Joel is an anxious teenager, who happens ...

    For as long as I can remember, I've been a journaler. My husband recently found an old journal of mine that had been written mostly during a largely transitional portion of my life. He found my rambling writing hilarious. I was mostly horrified by the whole experience. But, when he s...

    He was told that keeping a journal to vent out his feelings would help him get over the "thing" that happened, but why would he do something that "girly"? No, that absolutely IS NOT going to happen. So he sends text messages to people. Only, never sends them. So basically he types out ...

    I'm not sure if it's because of my age (adult) or life situation (frequently seeing homeless guys under bridges), but this book really resonated with me. There were several things I appreciated about it. 1. Mostly short chapters. I'll start with the surface. Books with short chapter...

    This book is one of the most honest portrayals of teenage brains, especially an anxious one, and is SO spot on that I think teenagers will recognize themselves in the book and adults will see flashes of their past. It sounds cliche, but this book did make me laugh at parts and sob at p...

    Wow! WORDS WE DON'T SAY has amazing characters, spot-on dialogue, and a powerful message. High school junior Joel Higgins is struggling with the recent loss of his best friend Andy. Life just doesn't seem worth living, but Joel keeps keeping on, looking for meaning somewhere. Follow...

    Not since How I Live Now have a read a novel so well-written in what I like to call first-person panic. This perspective immerses the reader in Joel. His frantic, rambling words read authentically as a teenaged boy, although admittedly, I would have thought him closer to a sophomore th...

    Part hilarious. Part mystery. Part drama. Part romance. Part learning opportunity. I entered to win this book so I could give it to my stepdaughter. I thought she might like it based on the synopsis. I read it before giving it to her, and I don't want to give it up! This book was s...

  • Kaya
    Oct 23, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

  • Tziggy
    Sep 23, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

  • Angela Gyurko
    Jan 09, 2019

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...

    This book begins in the middle of a shift at a soup kitchen. We are introduced to Joel and his many, MANY rambling thoughts and we are never taken out of his head space. Ever since "the thing that happened", he's been unable to talk to certain people. Instead, he drafts text messages t...

    I love the message behind this book but the book itself was a drag to read. I?ve never been a huge fan of internal monologues, so when a book adopts that style to tell a story I?m instantly turned off to it. Way too many long winded run-on sentences!! Mostly nothing happens. Man...

    Thanks to Netgalkey for the ARC! Joel Higgins is an interesting character. He saves most of his text messages instead of sending them and thinks of replies in his head while he says what people want to hear. While you might say that?s probably typical of a lot of teenagers, I say he?...

    Told with a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice and quirky, unsent texts, this story touches on grief, unexpected friendship, community responsibility, faith, and long-suppressed crushes. It is sweet and adorable and heart-rending - just like I like my realistic fiction...

    I didn?t expect much from this book. I only picked it up because it said a kid liked banned books, so duh I had to read it. This book is everything... the characters are diverse and have so much heart! The plot hits ptsd of veterans and kids with trauma, homelessness, loss, family an...

    For a book that starts out kinda slow and not really knowing what is really going on, that ending will truly make up for that to the point that tears will be brought on for the Words We Don't Say! You get this sense early on that something big has happened in Joel's life to make hi...

    ?Mr. Monty called it a form of compounding, said it was a good thing, but later on Benj called it sequential worsening. I figured that Benj was right; things just started to get worse and worse once you made one mistake.? Joel Higgins writes texts messages that he never intends ...

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Disney Books/Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 4/5 Publication Date: October 2, 2018 Genre: YA Contemporary Recommended Age: 15+ (PTSD, homelessness, inner monologues, pain) Pages: 28...

    OMG! I just Loved this book so much! I feel like I need to text all my friends and tell them that they need to read this book - although, unlike Joel Higgins, I will actually send all the texts. The characters are so real. Our main character Joel is an anxious teenager, who happens ...

    For as long as I can remember, I've been a journaler. My husband recently found an old journal of mine that had been written mostly during a largely transitional portion of my life. He found my rambling writing hilarious. I was mostly horrified by the whole experience. But, when he s...

    He was told that keeping a journal to vent out his feelings would help him get over the "thing" that happened, but why would he do something that "girly"? No, that absolutely IS NOT going to happen. So he sends text messages to people. Only, never sends them. So basically he types out ...

    I'm not sure if it's because of my age (adult) or life situation (frequently seeing homeless guys under bridges), but this book really resonated with me. There were several things I appreciated about it. 1. Mostly short chapters. I'll start with the surface. Books with short chapter...

    This book is one of the most honest portrayals of teenage brains, especially an anxious one, and is SO spot on that I think teenagers will recognize themselves in the book and adults will see flashes of their past. It sounds cliche, but this book did make me laugh at parts and sob at p...

    Wow! WORDS WE DON'T SAY has amazing characters, spot-on dialogue, and a powerful message. High school junior Joel Higgins is struggling with the recent loss of his best friend Andy. Life just doesn't seem worth living, but Joel keeps keeping on, looking for meaning somewhere. Follow...

    Not since How I Live Now have a read a novel so well-written in what I like to call first-person panic. This perspective immerses the reader in Joel. His frantic, rambling words read authentically as a teenaged boy, although admittedly, I would have thought him closer to a sophomore th...

  • B220
    Aug 03, 2018

    I had this tabbed as 3 stars half way through. But then so much came together pulling social awareness of so many things into the story. Ending in something more than just a basic YA novel. ...

    Joel Higgins undergoes a coming of age and social awakening while doing mandatory volunteer hours at a soup kitchen. Between pining for the girl he loves, communicating his thoughts through unsent text messages and building connections with the people served at the soup kitchen, Joel?...

    Words We Don't Say is my favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer. I wish I could give it more that 5 stars. K. J. Reilly does a fantastic job of capturing the language and technology of modern high school students. Joel is an angry seventeen-year-old. His best friend...

    Oh, wow. RTC (my blog tour stop is on October 26!) ...

    I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins! Joel writes, but doesn't send, text messages to people (alive and dead) because he just can never come right out and say the things he's thinking. He texts his beautiful friend Eli, his principal, and his recently deceased best friend Andy. Joe...