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Annie and Sarah are fifteen-year-old fraternal twins—who only spend time together because they're under the same roof. Annie's life has long been focused around her appearance and the beauty pageants that celebrate it, whereas Sarah's interests are sports and her runner bo... Read More

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Annie and Sarah are fifteen-year-old fraternal twins—who only spend time together because they're under the same roof. Annie's life has long been focused around her appearance and the beauty pageants that celebrate it, whereas Sarah's interests are sports and her runner boyfriend, Jeremy. Then Annie begins to gain more and more weight, and all she seems to hear from her mother is, “You used to be so pretty,” followed by the latest diet to try.

Things begin to unravel for Sarah as well. Jeremy—her boyfriend of more than a year—decides to see if he and Sarah are "right" for each other, dumping her in order to get his head on straight.

Sarah is devastated. Her family is crumbling. The love of her life is dating other people. Her sister is getting heavier and more depressed. When Sarah learns, through gentle questioning, that a neighbor and very good family friend has been sexually abusing her sister, she knows she must act and help the sister who seemingly always had it all.

Told in alternating points of view,
Never Said is the story of a family that has been caught up in what doesn’t matter and about two sisters who realize that their relationship—no matter how different the two of them are—is most important.
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Release Date: Aug 25, 2015
  • UPC: 9780310746614
  • Volumes/Discs: 0
  • Pages: 0
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Painful Experiences Help Rebuild Relationships that Matter by Suzie on 8/16/2015
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Let me just say this…Wow!! What an emotionally charged book. While this book is not overtly Christian (there is no mention of anyone in the family having a relationship with God or even going to church but there is one passing mention of Christ), it is an excellent study on strained relationships. Familial relationship, friendship, romantic relationship, and academic relationship are all included. As Sarah spends time with Annie, she begins to learn her vibrant, outspoken sister is hurting too. She finds the desire and courage to protect and defend her sister, to stand up for injustices done to her. The guilt from not knowing pressures her—shouldn’t twins feel when something is wrong? With narrative told from Sarah’s perspective and poetic diary entries from Annie, the whole story is slowly revealed to the reader, leaving them torn open and hurting with both of these sisters by the end. I highly recommend this book for anyone struggling with sibling relationships and for any teenagers struggling to find their place in the school hierarchy. I also recommend you read it with a box of tissues near.

***Zondervan and BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.


…to look after orphans and widows in their distress. James 1:27
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