“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.”
A high-interest read for its exploration of complex topics without simple answers.
. . . 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."
Buzz Books 2018: Young Adult Fall/Winter
What readers are saying!
"My favorite YA book of the year so far!"
“An Evan Hansen vibe . . .”
“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."
Find it on Goodreads!
"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!"
STAFF PICK AT THE RIVER'S END BOOKSTORE!!
Thank you Clare!
September to December 2018 Dewey Pick!
Send your email address if you'd like to hear from me about news and events!