Everything We Never Said

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Pub Date May 28 2024 | Archive Date Jun 11 2024
PENGUIN GROUP Penguin Young Readers Group | G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

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Dark romance, high stakes, and plot twists abound in this paperback original YA thriller that's perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover.

What you don't know can hurt you....

It’s been months since the accident that killed Ella’s best friend, Hayley, and Ella can’t stop blaming herself. Now Ella is back at school, and everywhere she looks are reminders of her best friend—including Sawyer, Hayley’s boyfriend. Little by little, they grow closer, until Ella realizes something horrifying . . . 

She’s in love with her dead best friend’s boyfriend. 

Racked with guilt, Ella turns to Hayley’s journal, hoping she’ll find something in the pages that will make her feel better about what’s happening. Instead, she discovers that Sawyer has secrets of his own and that his relationship with Hayley wasn’t as picture-perfect as it seemed. 

Ella knows she should stay away but finds herself inextricably drawn to him—and scared of everything she never knew about him. Perhaps it’s his grief. Or maybe his desires, cut short by tragedy. Or could it be something twisted only Hayley knew about? 

A dark, romantic thriller perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover and Laura Nowlin, Everything We Never Said explores the secrets in even the best of friendships and asks how well you ever know the ones you love.
Dark romance, high stakes, and plot twists abound in this paperback original YA thriller that's perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover.

What you don't know can hurt you....

It’s been months since the...

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Ella's best friend died over the summer--in a car accident, while Ella was driving. She doesn't remember anything about that day, but she blames herself for Hayley's death, and she knows that other people blame her, too. She turns to Hayley's boyfriend, Sawyer, for comfort--after all, he was the one person who knew Hayley as well as Ella did. But when Hayley's mom asks Ella to clear out Hayley's room, Ella finds a diary... and that diary details some pretty dark aspects of Hayley's relationship.
Ella and Sawyer are growing closer--but as she reads Hayley's diary, she begins to wonder if that's safe. If Sawyer might not be the boy she thought he was. And even worse--she can't seem to stay away from him.

I will say that the Colleen Hoover comp made me very nervous to read this, as I was expecting romanticization of abuse, but I thought Everything We Never Said was very well done. The intrigue kept me on the edge of my seat, I was back and forth on so many theories, and the abuse thread was very well written--Sloan Harlow nailed the complicated emotions that come with being a victim of abuse, and it never felt romanticized in any way.

Definitely check the trigger warnings for this one. There were also a couple sex scenes that pushed the boundary of what I, as an adult, was comfortable reading about considering the characters were teens. But I don't think the scenes were too risqué for upper YA; just that this was one of those moments where I am not the target audience, and that's okay!

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