Never Said (Paperback)
Blink, 9780310746287, 256pp.
Publication Date: August 16, 2016
Annie and Sarah are fifteen-year-old fraternal twins--who only spend time together because they're under the same roof. Annie's life has long been focused around her appearance and the beauty pageants that celebrate it, whereas Sarah's interests are sports and her runner boyfriend, Jeremy.
Then Annie begins to gain more and more weight, and all she seems to hear from her mother is, "You used to be so pretty," followed by the latest diet to try.
Things begin to unravel for Sarah as well. Jeremy--her boyfriend of more than a year--decides to see if he and Sarah are "right" for each other, dumping her in order to get his head on straight.
Sarah is devastated. Her family is crumbling. The love of her life is dating other people. Her sister is getting heavier and more depressed. When Sarah learns, through gentle questioning, that a neighbor and very good family friend has been sexually abusing her sister, she knows she must act and help the sister who seemingly always had it all.
Told in alternating points of view, Never Said is the story of a family that has been caught up in what doesn't matter and about two sisters who realize that their relationship--no matter how different the two of them are--is most important.