🎡 Review: Whisper To Me by Nick Lake 🎡

Title: Whisper To Me 

Author: Nick Lake

Published: May 3rd, 2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Find the Author: Goodreads | Twitter

Reviews also by this Author: There Will Be Lies

I received this book for review! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.

A remarkable story of strange beauty and self-discovery from Printz Award winner Nick Lake

Cassie is writing a letter to the boy whose heart she broke. She’s trying to explain why. Why she pushed him away. Why her father got so angry when he saw them together. Why she disappears some nights. Why she won’t let herself remember what happened that long-ago night on the boardwalk. Why she fell apart so completely.

Desperate for his forgiveness, she’s telling the whole story of the summer she nearly lost herself. She’s hoping he’ll understand as well as she now does how love—love for your family, love for that person who makes your heart beat faster, and love for yourself—can save you after all.

When I read There Will Be Lies last year, it was a clear hit for me. So when I saw the twist of a new kind of novel from Nick, I was excited to see what was inside this Ferris Wheel picturesque masterpiece cover.

After reading Under Rose Tainted Skies, a whole new world of YA Fiction was opened up in my eyes. It was so refreshing to see mental illness and real life issues in the Young Adult community, so when I started reading Whisper to Me, and realised Cassie also suffered these issues, I was enthralled to see if it would be acted out realistically and true to life. 
Cassie, our main character, hears voices. But it’s not like the voice that we sometimes hear, like our inner voice, but another. A voice that tells Cassie things. The book is written like a letter, one that Cassie is writing to the boy who’s heart she broke, but it’s hard to explain to him just why everything happened did. She can’t find the right words to explain why she had to hold him at arm’s length. The writing is honest, thought provoking and lively.
Cassie is this multidimensional character with this huge heart. She’s embarrassed about the voices she hears so sincerely, giving her some real life down-to-earth aspects. Her voice made me laugh, then cry, and root for her so much. Her Dad is extremely protective of her, coming across as more abrasive than most, but he cares a lot for Cassie and wants to shield her. Paris, on the other hand, took Cassie under her wing. Their friendship was out there, but in a good way. They had a quirky sense of friendship, even though they both at times felt broken and not normal, but together they found a new kind of normal. Through the letter, explaining whys and whens and things that she is sorry for and why she broke the boy’s heart were heart-wrenching. Everything in her life comes into play with her words to the boy, all leading her to the dark parts of her life. She wants to change things, she wants to say things to him and apologise for something she has done, that ultimately makes her doubt herself.
Overall, if Whisper To Me were the weather, it would be a dark sky with the brightness of stars radiating goodness through the blackness, meaning that though Cassie’s story might be dark at times, she had goodness in her life. Five stars, of course. 


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