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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  2,246 ratings  ·  337 reviews
Megan doesn't speak. She hasn't spoken in months.

Pushing away the people she cares about is just a small price to pay. Because there are things locked inside Megan's head - things that are screaming to be heard - that she cannot, must not, let out.

Then Jasmine starts at school: bubbly, beautiful, talkative Jasmine. And for reasons Megan can't quite understand, life starts
Paperback, 279 pages
Published February 5th 2015 by Atom
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Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it

I picked this book up on a total whim, based on an audible recommendation. I had no background knowledge on it, but I figured I'd just go for it. I'm glad I did! I definitely think that the first half was better than the second, and I think the thriller aspect was disorienting - it came out of nowhere, and didn't feel as though it had been interwoven into the first half of the book. This particular sentence won't matter to you if you haven't read the book, but
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
This is a fantastic and powerful novel. Highly recommended. It really got me both thinking and feeling.

This book moved me emotionally in so many ways, it's powerful in the most subtle of ways at times, other moments it hits you with a sledgehammer, no holds barred, I was so immersed in this wonderful novel I hardly realised I had finished it. Beautiful, just beautiful.

What's the book about?

Megan doesn't speak. She hasn't spoken in months.

Pushing away the people she cares about is just a small pr
Norah Una Sumner
Giving this book 2 stars simply because I liked the mystery part of it.I couldn't connect with the main character,she was very childish and jealous of everyone and everything.I didn't like Jasmine,the whole relationship between them felt very one-sided.The story itself was a bit dull,there are no real explications for Sadie's actions,Jasmine's reason for moving school is kind of not reasonable?Also,what's up with (view spoiler).
So y
Liz Barnsley
This is one of those novels which once started, demands to be finished – Megan’s story is compelling, emotional and extremely well told, utterly gripping and very beautiful . A tale which has many layers richly woven into the plot, dealing with some important issues in a sympathetic and intelligent manner, I could barely put it down.

The opening chapter sucks you in immediately, a masterclass in scene setting, introducing Megan, a girl who does not, cannot speak. As the tale unfolds we learn more
Tilly Booth
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
BOOK REVIEW: Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton

This is Abbie Rushton’s debut novel and I’m so, so excited to read more of her work! This book had me captivated from the very beginning. I picked up Unspeakable because of its beautiful cover. This story centers around a young girl, Megan who hasn’t spoken a word since a tragic accident happened involving a friend. And then a new girl starts at her school. Beautiful Jasmine who becomes quick friends with Megan and who could also be the one to finally bre
Unspeakable is a captivating novel. When we start reading, we’re introduced to the main character, Megan. We don’t know why, but Megan is a mute. She doesn’t talk. She hasn’t talked since a fatal accident her best friend was in.

While reading Unspeakable I was very intrigued. There is so much mystery around as to what actually happened. And Megan is teased daily by her fellow classmates. Both in and out of school. This just meant that this was even more of a cause to stay quiet.

Megan suffers fro
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
I’m so used to reading YA set in the US that I was actually surprised when I realised, oh hey, this is British! They’re doing their A Levels! So if that’s something you might be interested in, that’s another draw alongside the fact that it’s an LGBT story. (Well. Mostly just L.)

I originally had this as an ARC, but neglected it for so long that I ended up picking it up in the bookshop. I’m a little disappointed about that, because it turned out not to be for me. It’s pretty simply written, and wh
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
3.5 stars, I think.

It was interesting and I read it in a very short period of time. Loved Megan and Jasmine and Megan's relationship with her mum ... but I'm just not sure how I feel about the ending. I didn't quite believe that that person would have said and done those things. Full review soon!

I quite enjoyed Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton. It's a debut book by a UK author and that always excites me. It also includes a LGBT relationship which I thought was quite sweet and cute. And the majority
4.5 stars. Short review. Just want to express my thoughts.

The book had a slow start, but after that it picked up. Due to something that happened (something we slowly find out page by page) our main character doesn't speak, won't make a sound. The whole not-speaking and the guilt was done so perfectly. I just felt so sad for the poor girl. No one should have had something like this happening to them, no one should carry so much guilt and worry. I had my suspicions on what happened, and also on wh
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
*Received as an ARC for an honest review*

This novel was not at all what I was expecting. I also read this in an entire sitting.

Unspeakable is about a 15 year old girl called Megan who is a mute. I don't want to say too much about this book as it is better going into it not knowing, but there has been a traumatic experience in her life. I actually found Megan to be relatable, and saw a lot of my 15 year old self in her. I thought that the relationship that she had with her Mother was unique, and
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A book that turned out to be more interesting than I thought it would be. A unique read. Also a lgbtqiap read so ... YASSS!!!

Unspeakable was a story that was quite easy to follow probably because I'm also currently reading a classic (Northanger Abbey), one that requires a dictionary stuck to my side. While the initial pacing was quite slow the book quickly picks up as we delve into Megan's every day life. The daily taunting she puts up with, the surging guilt rotting within her and how she interacts with her mom and best friend without talking because Megan is mute, been mute for a long while now after forcing hersel
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley.)

This was an okay story about a girl who dealt with her grief and guilt over her best friend’s death, by becoming mute.

Megan was a bit of a troubled character, but I understood how difficult it was for her to deal with her grief, and to also be unable to speak. The way the other kids teased her was awful, and they made her inability to speak even worse than it w
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
Rep: lesbian characters

i liked it well enough but it wasnt amazing tbh. also there were some points where i felt that the plot didnt quite fit together in some places like for crying out loud there was a random forest fire which i didnt understand at all. what was the point of it??

also i was ambivalent about megan and her relationship with jasmine i mean i liked it but at the same time it occasionally irritated me

the best character was luke by far tbh (luke lemme give you a hug my precious) (vie
Laura (travelbybook)
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
* 3.5 *
I'm on fire today, finished two books in a row 💪🏻
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a free review copy via Netgalley!

UNSPEAKABLE was... okay. I'm sad because I really wanted to love it, but I just couldn't. I enjoyed reading it for the most part and it certainly wasn't boring, but the whole book just felt distinctly average and I disliked the clunky prose.

UNSPEAKABLE tells the story of Megan, who hasn't spoken in months, ever since something terrible happened, crushing her with overwhelming guilt and fear. Now everyone makes fun
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Many thanks to NetGalley for this ARC ebook.

I absolutely adore this novel. It was the whole package: fairly fast paced, has well rounded and interesting characters, and the entire story had a great level of humour and lightheartedness, but there were also intriguing, darker undertones. Reading a novel set in England (and mentions my home town Leeds!) was amazing, and not something I see a lot of. It was really enjoyable to read about things I could understand and relate to - such as the school s
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: guest-reviews

Unspeakable tells the story of a selective mute, Megan. Megan doesn’t speak and hasn’t spoken since the loss of, her best friend, Hana. Megan has a secret that must not be told forcing into the self imposed silence.

Then, Jasmine moves to her school. Jasmine is talkative, pretty and takes an interest in Megan. Megan forms a tentative friendship with Jasmine making her life better, although she knows it can only mean a matter of time before the truth about Hana's death come out
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways-won
WOW. I received this book in a goodreads giveaway and I am so glad I did. This book is a fantastic release that is set to be released in February next year.

This book is a based around Megan who is a mute. I cant say much about this book as it would spoil the storyline. The blurb of this book does not give much away and it is good that way. Throughout this book, you find out many different things and you don't want to put the book down because you want to find out what the next secret is.

Megan ha
megan ♡
I fell in love with this book from just reading the first chapter. It was brilliant and I got really into it. I finished it in a couple of hours because it was so good. One of the great things about it was that the main character was called Megan (which is my name) and her surname is Thomas (which is my brother's name) so that was pretty weird. Also, it was set in England, she was doing her GCSEs in fact which is what I'm currently doing as well. Specifically she lived in the New Forest which is ...more
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
I’ve had this book for a while now but I’ve never had any desire to read it however I saw it on my TBR shelf and I thought that is was time to get this off of my TBR. I actually ended up enjoying this more than I thought I would which was quite surprising.

The whole idea behind this book is incredibly unique as it follows a character who after a traumatic event, stops speaking all together. I was a bit wary about how the book would go if the main character couldn’t talk to anyone but it
Ashley Reid
This book was a little slow in the beginning. I have a 50 page rule though, so I pushed through and it got a little better, but for some reason I still didn't love it as much as I thought I would.

Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtq, read-in-2014
Megan's story is a compelling one; why does she not speak? Who are the voices in her head? What happened to her best friend Hana and why is she so scared that it'll get out?
And finally, why, when she has never displayed any signs of homosexuality before, does she find herself wanting to kiss new girl Jasmine?

From the beginning of the book, I wanted to know why she didn't speak. The fact that she was mute did interest me, but the more I read the novel, the less I became interested in it. I'm not
Jul 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
I would say that Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton is first and foremost a novel about the power of belief.

Megan, the main character, doesn’t believe that everything is going to be just fine; she’s not out testing the limits of life’s goodwill for the sake of an adrenalin rush. Instead, Megan believes she did something that makes the word wrong seem like candy, she believes it down to her core and she holds onto it as if it were the only truth she will ever know. The fear obstructs her throat and she
♫✯Em loves Hollenstein✯♫❤the summertime and butterflies all belong to your creation❤
Wow. This book made me speechless. I read it in one night- it was short, sweet and memorable.

Megan's past was sad, but I'm so happy she and Jasmine got a happy ending.

I was also glad that Luke is getting help in a psychiatric ward. What he did was so terribly wrong, but he deserves a chance to get better.

I was in suspense the whole time, wondering a) when Megan and Jasmine would finally kiss, b) when Megan would speak- so beautiful how the first thing she said to Jasmine was, "You're beautifu
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
4.5 of 5 stars


Megan hasn't spoken since her best friend Hana died in an accident seven months ago. She's bullied by her mean and popular former friends. Luke is her only friend, until she meets the bubbly, talkative Jasmine and the two become best friends. But, Megan worries about hurting her new friend, just like Hana, but finds herself wanting to get closer. Then Jasmine starts receiving threatening letters and danger seems closer than ever.

Wow. UNSPEAKABLE is a fast paced book that drew m
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This is one of my first LGBT books. And to say that I loved it, would be an understatement.
This book and I didn't just have a normal 'lovey-dovey' relationship. It was more than that. Lot more.

The 'I want to hurl the book to the wall' moments weren't there, because, while reading it, all I did was smile like a crazy love-struck girl (well..yeah, I am in love with this book), and cry like a maniac (my brother was seated beside me, and he gave me the I-have-no-idea-why-this-girl-beside-me-if
Oct 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, femslash
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Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
- Very descriptive
- Beautiful storyline
- A story that sticks
- Wonderful romantic story with a hint of a thriller

I loved how the story unfolded in such a natural progressive way.
It was a beautifully written novel with perfect amounts of romance and wonder.

I hope that Abbie Rushton comes out with an Unspeakable #2 as I'd love to see what life was like for Megan in college, and ,what her and Jasmine got up to on their Cyprus holiday.

One of my favourite books of the year!
This is a story of love, friendship, secrets, and self-discovery. I may not have enjoyed it as much as I should have but I didn't think it was horrible.
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Abbie Rushton was a winner in 2010 Undiscovered Voices, a writing competition run by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She has a degree in English Literature with Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, and currently works as an editor at a leading educational publisher. Unspeakable is her first novel.

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