Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan Book Review

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan Book CoverUnspoken
Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 11, 2012
Pages: 370

Rating: 2 stars

Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?

Despite all the praises I had heard for Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan, I found that it was rather lackluster for me. The plot merely dragged along, there was a lot of pages that could have been caught up, and I failed to develop an interest in the storyline and the characters at all.

The characters were the strength of Unspoken. Jared, Ash, Angela, Kami, the whole crew really were all a great bunch. They were what kept me reading and I loved the shenanigans they would get themselves into.

I just love Sarah Rees Brennan’s writing. It is so light and she spins such humor with it. This aside, I found much of the plot of Unspoken to be a bit dull. There were definitely the high points, but the parts in between tended to lag.  It really wasn’t until the last 100 pages when I thought things started to get interesting and was to a point that I really wanted to keep reading to see what would happen next.

One thing I will say for Unspoken is Sarah Rees Brennan knows how to go out with a bang. The ending is so powerful and a bit heartbreaking. The final line really spoke to me and made me really curious to see where things will go in the sequel.

Overall, Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan was not the book I was looking for at the time. It had strengths, but these were equally balanced with weaknesses I found throughout the entirety of the book.

This review is crossposted from YA Books Central.


  1. says

    Hmm. Good review, and good to know. We picked this up after seeing Sarah Rees Brennan at a panel of YA authors, because she was SO funny and warm and smart. We still want to read it, but it’s good to better understand what to expect. Characters are maybe the #1 key thing for us, though, so we’re looking forward to that aspect!
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  2. says

    I was so excited when I was approved on Netgalley for Unspoken a few months ago, but I had a difficult time with it, too, and never finished it. A teen who comes to the library where I work said she loved it, but that she was in tears at the end. She said she had to go hug her mom, because she was so sad. But she can’t wait for the next one.

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that didn’t love this one.
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  3. says

    I loved the writing for this but the plot was not to my taste either-that was the case in The Demon’s Lexicon for me as well so I think there’s just something about Brennan’s plotting and stories that doesn’t work for me :( even though I think she’s awesome at turning a phrase.
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