Readalong: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan [Post 1/5]

*waves* Hello! Welcome to first discussion post for Sarah Rees Brennan’s “Unspoken“, book one of the The Lynburn Legacy series!

For those who have just happened across this post, fear not, there’s still plenty of time to catch up! As for people who are curious about the book, here’s the synopsis:

unspoken-by-sarah-rees-brennanKami Glass loves someone she’s never met … a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him? — [X]

Discussion:

  • What did you think about the opening? I love how strong Kami’s journalistic voice is, how much it says about her personality, how she presents her town, and how–through her–we get a fair bit of exposition done.
  • And I don’t want to give away anything, but it’s really very fitting that the novel opens with an article.
  • So far, it is the humour of the text and the fantastic characters that are pushing me forward, not so much the mysterious Lynburns. (This suits me just fine, in case someone reads this as a complaint.) What kept you going towards Part 2?
  • How did the first conversation between Holly and Kami read to you? When I read the book for the first time I had missed Kami’s dismissal of Holly’s intelligence/ability to write articles, but this time it was pretty obvious. One thing I love about Brennan’s characters is that no one is without flaws and this only makes me like Kami (and Holly) more.
  • What did you think about Ash and Jared? I like how Jared is so blatantly positioned as the Bad Boy, partially because Brennan rarely introduces tropes without playing around with them, but mostly because I … usually do fall for the grumpy ones. *nervous laugh*

Notable Moments:

  • Angela Montgomery’s entire existence is noteworthy.
  • Ash Lynburn is basically set up to be the Kevin/Chris Hemsworth of The Nosy Parker–except, unlike Kevin, Ash actually has skills to offer.
  • I do enjoy how Jared made his entrance, pummelling through a cricket team. It remains my favourite entrance ever.
  • I was also delighted by the fact that Kami’s first words to Jared–face-to-face–were basically: “… hold the lift, asshole!” (Well, technically, she asks him for a comment on having pummelled his way through the cricket team, but this line happens just before [mumbling] in Part 2.)

Favourite Quotes:

“[…] I think you and Angela should leave this to the police from now on.”

“What an interesting thought,” Kami said. “Thank you for sharing it with me. Let me share a thought with you: Actually, I can walk myself to class. And I can also handle myself, so I’ll be doing what I want

I don’t think any quote sums up Kami better. She does what she wants and it may just take a small army to stop her.

And those are my thoughts on Part 1 of “Unspoken”! *cracks knuckles* I can’t wait to see what you guys think! Let me know in the comments! You don’t have to address every single thing I’ve written here, just what you felt/thought as you were reading. 🙂
Join us next Friday for discussion of Parts 2 & 3 of “Unspoken”! Happy weekend, readers!

TO BE LINKED: Posts [2], [3], [4], and [5].

 

  • I am late and for that I remain sorry. But while on the bus, I managed to read part one and you know, I kinda like Ash and I may be shipping him with Kami even though he’s obviously second lead (hur drama-speak). I don’t really understand Jared right now so all I felt for him was…yikes, stay away. I wonder what will happen now they know the voice in their head was real.

    Dun dun dunnnn.

    • The Book Wars

      Heh. I don’t mind self-destructive Jared as long as he doesn’t tell Kami what to do? And I very much mind mild-mannered Ash telling her what to do. *shrug* My weird math for liking boys, lol. But stay tuned for more on these two!! 🙂
      — Yash