“Never Said” By Carol Lynch Williams
The story is centered around fifteen-year-old fraternal twins Annie and Sarah. They are nothing a like, or so they think. Annie was the beauty queen and was doted on my her parents. Sarah was pressured to try and be more like her sister. Sarah has an anxiety disorder. Sarah all the sudden changes and gains a lot of weight and cares no more about her appearances. In fact she doesn’t want to be seen. Their parents don’t know what to do with their broken kids. They don’t say the right things and seem shallow and are hurtful.
The book is written from the view point of each girl. For Sarah it’s her thoughts of events around her. For Annie it’s written more in a poetry type form. This book is very intense and I would suggest it you’re going to allow your teenager to read it that you read it too so that you both can talk about it together. The author did an amazing job capturing the true hurt these girls feel. It’s deep and addresses a lot of what teenagers go through today. I even found myself relating to Annie, her thoughts were so similar to mine. I also related to Sarah, I struggle with anxiety and her struggles felt so real.
This is a great book to help open up conversations with your kids. I do want to warn it does go in to some deep issues that might be hard for some to read. I highly recommend reading it before you give it to your teen to read.