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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,120 ratings  ·  99 reviews
“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 ful
Paperback, First Edition, 304 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by Clean Teen Publishing
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Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teens, YA, Adults
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: Clean Teen Publishing

Breathe. No one will break me. I’m strong. Breathe. Just breathe.”

As most people know that follow and read my reviews know that Paranormal is my genre, but I always like to go outside my comfort zone and give other books a try.

WOW, I am trying to write a review with my head spinning, my heart break and mending at the same time, my eyes leaking, and my nose running. There is not enough tissues in the world while reading this story. Reading this st
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: secrets, ya, abuse
This was a hard book to read, but the author found a delicate way to tackle the issues of bullying and abuse. The physical scenes made me a little uncomfortable, only because I felt so helpless while reading them, and I think that spoke to how potent the scenes the author created were.

My heart went out to Willow. No one should have to endure what she did. But I cannot tell a lie. There were many times that she aggravated me. I wanted her to speak up. Get the authorities involved. Tell a
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!!!!
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that will hook you from the first page and will hold you there until the very last words. I read A LOT of books and very few grabbed me the way that this one did.

I will admit it would probably not be my first choice genre wise but I defy anyone that enjoys books to read this and not find themselves completely captivated.

From the very beginning you know that there are secrets but you have no idea how deep the secrets run. This book had me alternating between yelling at,
Helen Power
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, romance
This is an incredibly heart-wrenching novel. I absolutely loved it. However, I had to reduce my star rating because of the sheer stupidity of the protagonists towards the end. I have chosen to pretend that the last bit of the book didn’t happen.
There are some inconsistencies in Willow’s character that also bothered me a little. She can’t trust anyone with the “truth”, but honestly, I do believe that she would have trusted Brody, especially after they’d grown close. She was also being blackmaile
Michelle Pickett
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Unspeakable earned a Crowned Heart award from InD'Tale magazine, and the Readers' Favorite 5-star seal!

"The book portrays Willow's plight realistically. An insightful, cautionary tale." ~Kirkus Reviews
Avidly Reading Aly
(4.5 stars) I have a love-hate relationship with admitting I was wrong about a book; on one hand, it’s such a pleasant surprise, magical even, when I discover a book is so much better than I anticipated. On the other hand, I always feel like an idiot for underestimating the book in the first place. Well, thank God for me being able to say that I underestimated “Unspeakable.” This book, while not completely free of flaws or especially unique, is so charming, raw, and emotional that you’ll be blin ...more
Meradeth Houston
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You know those books that make your heart ache? The ones that leave you wishing you could read that last chapter really slow, just so it won't end? Unspeakable is one of those. It's going to make you wish you could give Willow a big hug, get a pedi with Jenna, and definitely get to know Brody. Oh, Brody. I'm seriously going to have to make a t-shirt that says "Team Brody". *Swoons* He's definitely book-boyfriend worthy and then some! Willow is stuck in an impossible situation, one that makes you ...more
Breana Vachon
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book drew me in with the first chapter,a captivating story whose quirky and serious elements all balance out to make a breathtaking combination of love and suspense. This book will grab you by the heartstrings and emerge you into Willow's world of sass and secrets.(#teambrody) This book for me is of those books that I couldn't put down, I could go on and on about this wonderful story but I don't want to give any more spoilers! Along with PODs this story is one of my favorites of all time! I ...more
Sherry Ficklin
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Unspeakable is a beautifully dark tale of the cost we pay to keep secrets for the people we love. Woven with threads of mystery, romance, and suspense, it is a journey, from abuse, to freedom, from fear to courage. Willow's story is as complex as it is rich and decadent, yet somehow, despite the troubled subject matter, it remains tender. It will break you down, and then build you back up again, feeling all the stronger for it. A must read! ...more
Kate (beautifulbookland)
Pretty cheesy, and slut-shaming galore. Eh, it was free.
Cheryl (I Heart Fictional People)
In Unspeakable, the first book in the Freedom series, by Michelle K. Pickett, Willow is beautiful, smart, has awesome friends, and is dating Jaden, captain of the football team and most popular guy in school. It can’t get any better than that, right? Looks can be deceiving. She has kept a horrible secret from everyone, and when someone finds out, this person uses it against her and makes her feel like a prisoner. If she doesn’t do what he says, he will tell everyone. Then, Brody comes into her l ...more
Heather Osborne
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed on behalf of Readers' Favorite

Unspeakable by Michelle K. Pickett is a young adult novel about a young girl suffering in controlling and abusive relationships. Willow Rutherford appears to have an idyllic life. She’s dating her high school’s star football player, Jaden, and excelling in all her classes. What people do not see is the horrific abuse she suffers at home at the hands of her stepfather, Ralph, and the controlling nature of her boyfriend. Jaden and Ralph hold a terrible secret
❤️Melanie G.
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully heartbreaking story. Willow is such a strong girl keeping the secret she has and enduring the hand in life she has been given. Jaden is a freaking douchebag. Brody is everything Willow needs and deserves.

This book is filled with sweetness, friendship, love, hope and of course douchebags.

The story hits hard with a very real problem so many people live with, though and survive. The story is beautifully written and highly recommend.
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OMG! This book brought on so many emotions, I loved it so much!
Irayda Moran (Quezada)
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Let's start with this cover. It's stunning. You could interpret so much just from her eyes alone.
Unspeakable, deals with a very serious topic. (Read it, that way you can find out what it is) No one is ever immune, and you may never know this is happening.
I found Willow very strong and a surviver. I love her T-shorts.
Swoon over smexy Brody. He was a doll, he managed to obtain 10 cool points from me. But I'm a total sap.
Michelle did amazing helping me connect to Willow, her feelings, her situati
Maree Repa
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing book. I just loved this so much. Very moving piece. It was one of the best books I've ever read! ...more
Kelly Gunderman
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Check out this and other reviews on my blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

Willow seems like your average teenage girl – she has a few close friends, she goes to football games, and she likes spending time with her boyfriend, Jaden. Jaden is every girl’s dream boyfriend – he’s good looking, the captain of the football team, and incredibly popular. Jaden is also controlling, abusive, and downright mean to Willow, and doesn’t care who knows about it. But Willow feels like she has to stay with Jaden, bec
2.75 Stars

Overall Opinion: I don't normally like doing the 1/4 star, but I couldn't quite give it 3 stars. I'm not sure why I'm on a YA kick, but this had potential. I thought that the h's circumstances were sad, and I enjoyed the H...until I didn't. (view spoiler)
This story is about abuse. Physical and verbal abuse by not just a boyfriend but a parent as well. I wanted to throw that out there because some people don't like reading about delicate subjects.

Willow has a secret. Well, at least until her douchebag boyfriend, Jaden threatens to tell the whole school if she doesn't do what he says. Along comes Brody and it's not long until he figures out that something's just not right. If Willow wants to be with Brody then she's going to have to deal with the
Maribel Platypire Reviews
***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.***

This is one of those books. The kind of book which reels you in like a fish on a line. I was skeptical about this book in the beginning, mostly because I have read many books with a similar synopsis as this one. First thing that came to my mind was, "Oh no. Not another book where the heroine acts like her world is crumbling around her and it really isn't." But this book isn't like that at all. Unspeakable is a book showing the
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
Hi guys! Firstly I have to thank Clean Teen Publishing for dropping this little gem into my inbox this morning! This book was released on the 10th and I am glad that I got a copy to review!

Where to begin?? From the very first page I was flung onto a roller coaster ride, which I am happy to say I survived! I wasn't quite expecting what I got, especially so early on in the book without any sort of forewarning or lead up to it. In short - I was shocked! I guess shocked in a good way because I feel
Jessica Surgett
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

Unspeakable was kind of a difficult read for me. Not in a bad way- it was just emotionally difficult at times. Willow is abused, and reading about abuse is never easy. That being said, I thought it was handled very well by the author. It was intense and unsettling, but it felt real. At first I didn't quite grasp how Willow could have such an outspoken personality considering what she was going through at home, but as I read on I t
**I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

Ever read one of those books where you just want to crawl in the pages and give one character a hug and empathize with everything she's going through, wishing you could be there to be her friend? On the other hand, there are other characters you want to strangle just for the principle of it all because of the way they act? Unspeakable is a book just like that. I was immediately drawn into the story, and simply had to keep on re
Marie Yule
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kelly Risser
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Unspeakable is a book that pulls on your heartstrings. There were times I wanted to throttle Willow and tell her to wake up and get out of her situation. However, having never been a victim of violence, I can't say that I understand her mindset. It's also hard because her friends seem helpless. They clearly know something is wrong, but maybe not exactly what, and they aren't doing much to help her. Most likely, because they don't know how. It's the ugly side of abuse. It's noticing all the signs ...more
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It took me one day to finish this book. One day filled with a rollercoaster of emotions from happiness to sadness, from hate to pure anger.

Willow is such a real character. You don't question any of her choices, you do understand why she has to act that way. You don't just share her pain, you feel it so deeply that it's hard to seperate which emotions don't really belong to you.

I even found myself grinning like a cheshire cat at Brody's Parts. Oh Brody, Brody, you made me fall in love with you
InD'tale Magazine
A YA contemporary novel, “Unspeakable” explores the life of a teen dealing with abuse and what it takes to fight back.

Read full review in the 2015 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Elizabeth (Your Ordinary Bookworm)
Absolutely loooooved it.
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