All the Things We Never Said
by Yasmin Rahman
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Pub Date 03 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2023
Lerner Publishing Group, Carolrhoda Lab ®
Sixteen-year-old Mehreen is overwhelmed by her anxiety and depression, and she doesn't believe anyone in her life will understand if she tries to talk about it. She's been thinking about suicide for a while when she discovers a website called MementoMori.com. The site matches people with partners and assigns them a date on which to end their lives, together. Mehreen is partnered with Cara and Olivia, strangers dealing with their own struggles.
But as the girls get to know one another in preparation for their "date of termination" they find themselves developing a strong bond—even becoming friends. For the first time, they're each able to share their darkest secrets with people who won't judge them. They realize that, with the right support systems, life is worth living after all. So they decide to abandon the suicide pact.
Except the website won't let them stop.
As their assigned "date of termination" draws nearer and MementoMori continues to manipulate them, the girls will have to rely on one another to survive.
If you or a loved one is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call or text 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline for free, confidential 24/7 support.
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Average rating from 26 members
First off, I'm not sure if this book was published before or not, because I found another version of the book published in 2019. I'll be writing my review for this version on goodreads because this is the review I read (incase they really are different books).
Ok, the characters are chefs kiss! I loved each and every one of them, and their bravery and courage just made me feel more attached to each of them.
Mehreen has anxiety and I can tell you first hand this was an AMAZING portrayal of anxiety. The intrusive thoughts telling you you're not good enough, the constant chaos. The thing with anxiety is, it weighs you down like a rock and dominates your mind. You feel like you can't do anything, nothing is possible because you're worthless useless. Mehreen was so raw and it was heartbreaking to read her point of view. I loved Mehreen and I loved how the author wrote about anxiety, I haven't related to a book this much in a long time!
Cara is disabled from an accident that she believes she caused. She believes she "k**led" her dad. You can imagine how the burden of this and the disability itself might affect a person. The author wrote her point of view so well. I could feel the anger in her. I'm not disabled nor have I ever been so I can't say how realistic this in real life but I could imagine it very realistically so kudos to the author.
Olivia. Oh my Olivia. Everything in her story was so true. Her thoughts"Who would believe me a lowly girl over a lawyer". This is so common! Read Marilyn Monroe's story, who would believe her over a grown respectable man. I wish this was talked about more, so we could bring light that it is SO SO important to listen to the victim to tell girls we believe you we love you and we protect you. The author handled this issue so well, and thank you so much for the ending. Olivia deserved it, we deserved a happy ending for her. I HOPE THAT RASCAL GOES TO HELL.
Overall the authors approach to mental health issues, rape and disabilities was amazing! I'll admit I wasn't very sure of this suicide pact thing but beautiful plot and beautiful handling of these very prominent issues. The journey from beginning to end was very raw and emotional, it was smooth and showed me that humans are humans and will be willing to help others but not willing to accept help from others. The friendship formed from this was beautiful, I recommend reading for EVERYONE, sheds light to very important issues. Mental health is not something to take lightly, so please please reach out for help if you need it. Will definitely be reading more from this author :D
Wow. This book portrays mental health in a very raw and real way. I will say, it is incredibly trigging so please be careful and read a trigger list before reading. But, aside from that, I really enjoyed it. I found it very comforting and relatable. It made me feel less alone, and I found a bit of myself in all the characters. I also like the way it ends with a bit of hope. It very much gives it can get better vibes and sometimes you just need to know that it can. I definitely cried a bit though. Olivia's story hit incredibly close to home and I just felt so seen.