Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ARC Review: Unspeakable by Michelle K. Pickett

Title: Unspeakable (The Freedom Series #1)
Author: Michelle K. Pickett
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publish Date: February 10, 2015
Page Count: 304
Genre: YA/Contemporary

**Please Note that I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.**


“Breathe. No one will break me. I’m strong. Breathe. Just breathe.”

On the outside, Willow appears to have it all. She’s beautiful, smart, from an influential family, and she dates the most popular guy in school—Jaden. But she would walk away from it all in a second. Willow is tormented by lies and suffocating guilt, not the hearts and flowers people believe her life is full of.

She carries a dark secret. Plagued by nightmares and pain, the secret dominates her life. If she hadn’t walked away. If she had just…but she didn’t. And now she has to live with her choice. But when someone uncovers her family’s past, they use it against her, crushing her spirit little by little. She tells herself she just has to make it to graduation. Then she can leave Middleton, and her secret, far behind.

When Brody transfers to Cassidy High, he turns Willow’s life upside down. He shows her what it feels like to live again, really live. And suddenly, she isn’t satisfied with just surviving until graduation. She wants a normal life—with Brody—and he wants her. But the closer they become, the more it threatens to unravel the secret she’s worked so hard to hide.

Willow finds true love with Brody. Will she let his love save her, or walk away from him to keep her secret safe?

Writing a review for this book has me conflicted. How can I say how great this book is and not address how it affected me emotionally? I figure the best way to write a review is to tell you how I felt reading it. Unspeakable is an amazing book For me,  I was affected by the storyline because I can see myself in Willow. Willow is a survivor and has lived through hell at the hands of her stepfather. I am a survivor of child abuse and my mother is a domestic violence survivor. To be able and pick up a book and read a character who understands and knows what I am going through is a blessing. Abuse is downplayed and treated as entertainment so much that the victims do not get the justice that they deserve. Pickett created such an emotional storyline and wrote it for us. She wrote it for the victims to say that you are heard, we know your story. Pickett ranks up there with Marie Hall and Maggi Myers as an author who can connect with her audience. This is a story about a young woman’s journey to freedom. It is beautifully written by Ms. Pickett.
This is a book that I think everyone should read. If you do not connect with the characters, you can walk away with more knowledge. Knowledge of what to do if someone you love is in this situation. We should not sit back and wait for things to work themselves out. We need to be there as support and help them through it. The one thing that victims lack a lot of is support.
I know I didn’t write a typical review of the book. I felt that this book deserved more than that. I hope that when the book release everyone picks up a copy. 

5 out of 5 Stars!!!

Read about Brody's beginning in Finding Willow
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