My Thoughts On… All The Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman
31 December, 2019
My Thoughts on... All The Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman
Today I have a review of this amazing book.
**A copy of this book was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review**
Title: All The Things We Never Said Author: Yasmin Rahman Publisher: Hot Key Books Published: July 2019 Format: Ebook Source: Review Copy from Netgalley Add It:Amazon UK. Goodreads. Summary: 6-year-old Mehreen Miah’s anxiety and depression, or ‘Chaos’, as she calls it, has taken over her life, to the point where she can’t bear it any more. So she joins MementoMori, a website that matches people with partners and allocates them a date and method of death, ‘the pact’. Mehreen is paired with Cara Saunders and Olivia Castleton, two strangers dealing with their own serious issues.
As they secretly meet over the coming days, Mehreen develops a strong bond with Cara and Olivia, the only people who seem to understand what she’s going through. But ironically, the thing that brought them together to commit suicide has also created a mutually supportive friendship that makes them realise that, with the right help, life is worth living. It’s not long before all three want out of the pact. But in a terrifying twist of fate, the website won’t let them stop, and an increasingly sinister game begins, with MementoMori playing the girls off against each other.
A pact is a pact, after all.
In this powerful debut written in three points of view, Yasmin Rahman has created a moving, poignant novel celebrating life. ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER SAID is about friendship, strength and survival.
Trigger Warning: Suicide, Self-Harm, Abuse, Rape, Death
This is one of those soul-crunching novels that absolutely destroyed me – in the best possible way. It is a raw, emotional book that truly packs a punch. I can not recommend this book highly enough. It looks at mental health, friendships, disability and support in such a wonderful and sensitive way. It is quite simply a book that you do not want to miss.
As you may know by now, one of my favourite things to read about in a book is friendship – particularly strong friendships – and this book really shows how wonderful and important friendship is. It is the tale of three girls who are on the brink of their lives, finding each other and realising that with each other, their lives are better. They all discover their own worth while relishing in each other’s at the same time. It was just such a realistic portrayal of friendship and I absolutely loved it.
As it all of that wasn’t enough, Yasmin Rahman has also created these amazing and fantastic characters that I completely admired. I loved how sweet Mehreen was, how strong Olivia was, and how feisty Cara was. They all seemed to help each other in the best ways. I also really loved how each of their voices came through, and I especially loved how Olivia’s chapters were written.
All The Things We Never Said is a powerful, moving, and emotional novel that I honestly wish I had had to read when I was a teenager. It might have given me the hope I needed that I would someday find my people, just as these three fantastic characters did. An absolute must-read.