K.J. Reilly
Young Adult Author
of
Words We Don't Say

Disney Hyperion October 2, 2018

Words We Don't Say

“In a debut filled with heart and wit, Reilly draws a memorable portrait of a teen struggling with big problems beyond his control . . . this novel traces with remarkable sensitivity how a vulnerable adolescent becomes less absorbed in his own suffering as he reaches out to others.”

                                   Publishers Weekly


A high-interest read for its exploration of complex topics without simple answers.

                                          Kirkus Review


. . . distinct and authentic voices . . . heartwarming . . . thoughtful . . . 

                              School Library Journal


“Just about any publishing professional will tell you that "voice" is one of the most important — and usually one of the most difficult — elements to capture in writing . . .  I am not, nor was I ever, a 17-year-old boy. I do, however, remember being a junior in high school and reading about another 17-year-old boy named Holden Caulfield. Joel Higgins's voice is just as strong as Holden's, but far more contemporary. . . Words We Don't Say was an easy read that packed some hefty punches. It made me cry on two different occasions, definitely a mark of excellence.  

                                         NPR Book Review


"John Green vibe with its quirky characters and snappy dialogue."

                                         YALSA


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What readers are saying!


"My favorite YA book of the year so far!"

“An Evan Hansen vibe . . .”

“F*&%ing AWESOME!”

"Hilarious!"

“Holden Caulfield with a conscience ...”

"...absolutely PHENOMENAL! Engaging and raw and so unique! I haven't read any other book like this one. So, so fantastic."

“An amazing read . . .”

"The cast of perfectly developed characters stole my heart!"

“I loved this book!”

". . . a gut-wrenching YA novel!"

"Sweet and adorable and heart-rending!"

 "... a laugh-out-loud, stream of consciousness style voice!"

"Higgins is a less problematic, modern day Holden Caulfield."  



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Sixteen-year-old Joel Higgins is wound tight and hanging on by a thread. And for a very good reason—the world is flawed and it’s failed him. Joel has a crush on Eli but he’s afraid to let her know. His best friend Andy’s gone. Then there’s Benj, the annoying new kid who MIGHT HAVE KILLED HIS PARENTS. Plus, there’s the never ending stream of homeless and hungry people lined up at the soup kitchen where Joel and Eli do community service, the veteran with PTSD living in the shanty behind the Richardson’s farm, Eli, the plastic bag Joel has stashed in the back of his garage, drivers ed, the monsters in the closet, the cake with sprinkles, Eli, the banned books, the Auto Fs, the eggs and asparagus, Rooster, the mouse from Harry Potter, God, Hendricks Street Will Smith, the game of What if, Mr. Stanley and the Morse code, Eli, Winnie-the-Pooh, chocolate milk, Burning Man, Eli, the unsent text messages, the Corvette Stingrays and the 10.7 million kisses. And Eli. Pretty much in that order.




"Dramatic, comedic, heart aching and sincere . . . a treasure to read, share and enjoy!" 

"Joel made me laugh and cry and think, and that is about as good as a book can get!"  

"Words We Don’t Say broke my heart with the awareness it brings to homeless Vets and PTSD"

"Really hard to put down!"

“An amazing coming of age story. . .”

“I think I might secretly be Joel Higgins!”

“Loved the voices!”

"My favorite book of all those I read and reviewed this summer!"

"A must read!"

". . . one of my favorite contemporary novels of the year!"

". . . a beautiful debut novel that I cannot recommend highly enough."

"I wish I could give it more than 5 stars!"

“A terrific YA read!”

“An important book . . .”

"5 incredible stars!"



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