For eleven years, Oakley Farrell has been silent. At the age of five, she stopped talking, and no one seems to know why. Refusing to communicate beyond a few physical actions, Oakley remains in her own little world.
Bullied at school, she has just one friend, Cole Benson. Cole stands by her, refusing to believe that she is not perfect the way she is. Over the years, they have developed their own version of a normal friendship. However, will it still work as they start to grow even closer?
When Oakley is forced to face someone from her past, can she hold her secret in any longer?
Someone posted about this book in The Book Club that I’m a member of as it was currently free on Amazon. It does seem to have a lot of mixed reviews but as it was free I thought I would at least give it a try.
I would say the book is more aimed for young adults but I think adults will also find this book very endearing.
The story is mainly narrated by Oakley, who at the age of 5 stopped talking. Now at the age of 15, we follow her story and as it unfolds we learn the reasoning behind her stopping talking.
To start with i’ve got to admit I didn’t know if this book was going to be my cup of tea but after a few chapters I was totally hooked. The relationship between Oakley and her childhood friend Cole has got to be the most endearing relationship I have ever read in any book. The book just flowed so easily, though due to the reasoning for Oakley stopping talking, some parts were uncomfortable to read. I was quite taken by surprise by how this book ended and will openly admit to having tears streaming down my face towards the end. Was glad to see after the ending that there is a follow up book to this one as to be honest I felt quite heartbroken at how it ended and I was so attached to Oakley and Cole by the end that I wanted to read more.
For me this book brought back memories of growing up and first loves and is very much a bitter sweet book.
I really hope readers will give this book a chance and not just dismiss it as it certainly is one of the most endearing books that I have ever read and the relationship between Oakley and Cole is one not to be missed.
I have awarded this book 5/5.