The Things I didn’t Say by Kylie Fornasier

The Things I Didn't Say

Somedays we do not want to speak to anyone, to Piper Rhodes this is reality. Piper has Selective Mutism, she chooses not to speak to anyone.

When you are in an isolated world, all you want to do is scream.

The Things I Didn’t Say by Kylie Fornasier

Piper is in her last year of High School, a time where you are stressing about your final exams and who you will be taking to the formal. During the final year Piper is struggling after loosing her best friend on an emotional night and after moving schools is determined to make her final year of schooling different. The only thing that will not be changing for Piper is the fact that she does not speak to anyone outside of the walls of her family home, oh and originally that best friend she no longer talks to. Piper suffers from Selective Mutism, she can speak but chooses not to.

Piper is quickly recognised as the ‘girl who does not speak’ some are intrigued whilst others could not care less. That is until Piper meets West, the school captain and jock of the school.

West is the boy that everyone talks about and wants to be with, but he is instantly attracted to Piper. They develop a strong friendship that is tested by many factors in each of their similar yet so different lifestyles and families. Silence and Fear is just the beginning of their relationship.

Can Piper and West’s love develop with silence?

It is very rare to find such a true to life social anxiety story, and Piper’s story is completely inspiring. Not only was I inspired by the story of Piper and West but as it was set in my home state of NSW it was easy to emerge yourself deeper in the story.

Kylie Fornasier has written this novel perfectly. Simple and Engaging with titles for each chapter and non-verbal transcripts between Piper and West.

This is the first novel that I have read of Kylie’s and I look forward to see what direction she goes next and if Piper’s story is truly over.

The Things I Didn’t Say by Kylie Fornasier

Goodreads Rating – 5 out of 5 Stars

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