Unspeakable by Michelle K. PickettUnspeakable by Michelle K. Pickett


byMichelle K. Pickett

Paperback | February 10, 2015

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"Breathe. No one will break me. I'm strong. Breathe. Just breathe."

On the outside, Willow appears to have it all. She's beautiful, smart, from an influential family, and she dates the most popular guy in school-Jaden. But she would walk away from it all in a second. Willow is tormented by lies and suffocating guilt, not the hearts and flowers people believe her life is full of.

She carries a dark secret. Plagued by nightmares and pain, the secret dominates her life. If she hadn't walked away. If she had just. but she didn't. And now she has to live with her choices. But when someone uncovers her family's past, they use it against her, crushing her spirit little by little. She tells herself she just has to make it to graduation. Then she can leave Middleton, and her secret, far behind.

When Brody transfers to Cassidy High, he turns Willow's life upside down. He shows her what it feels like to live again, really live. And suddenly, she isn't satisfied with just surviving until graduation. She wants a normal life-with Brody-and he wants her. But the closer they become, the more it threatens to unravel the secret she's worked so hard to hide.

Willow finds true love with Brody. Will she let his love save her, or walk away from him to keep her secret safe?

Michelle has been an avid reader since a young child. She began writing for personal enjoyment in college, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in accounting. Deciding sitting in a cubical all day was cruel and unusual punishment, she decided to do what she really wanted to--share her passion for reading and writing with others. Born an...
Title:UnspeakableFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.04 × 6.03 × 0.76 inPublished:February 10, 2015Publisher:Clean Teen PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:163422020X

ISBN - 13:9781634220200


Editorial Reviews

A high school senior struggles to survive serious physical and emotional abuse.Willow wants only to finish her senior year in high school, where she takes all AP classes and shines on the chess team, so that she can escape her Midwestern town and get away from her abusive boyfriend. She knows she can't leave Jaden, because the football star knows her family secret, a fact so horrible she can't allow it to be spoken. Her stepfather, Ralph, compounds her misery by insisting that she continue her relationship with Jaden and beats her whenever she tries to break away. Enter Brody, the new boy in school. Brody not only achieves drop-dead male-model hotness, he turns out to be intelligent and sensitive too. Willow falls for him hard. When she and Brody finally start dating, the violence from both Jaden and Ralph increases, sending Willow to the hospital. All the while Willow behaves as do most abuse victims: She lies to protect her abusers. Pickett balances the seemingly perfect romance story with Willow's efforts to avoid and survive the abuse. Brody's character, as everyone's ideal, perfect boyfriend, may come across as just plain impossible, and Jaden behaves with such constant nastiness that readers may wonder why he suffers no consequences for his actions. Those two extremes aside, however, the book portrays Willow's plight realistically. An insightful cautionary tale. (Fiction. 12-18)