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Words We Never Say

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How one deals with death is just as important as how one deals with life. - Words We Never Say by Heidi Dischler

Words We Never Say by Heidi Dischler is a young adult book featuring Emery Mcquain. Emery has it all she's 18, just graduated highschool, about to head off to college, and simply counting her joy filled easy going days with her best friend and boyfriend.


Like most teens, Emery is exasperated by a nostalgic mom who likes to watch videos of when she was in one digit numbers (and openly weep about it). I admit that as a mom, I too spent a teary eyed moment at the graduation party for my daughter and son. One graduated from college and the other from highschool). She also has to contend with a brother whose room looks like a starry-filled trashcan. I myself didn't know that a pizza crust could mold. She even "patiently" puts up with the public displays of affection her parents have. (Old people in love, gag.)


Yet, in a single moment in time her happy family is shattered by a hit-and-run driver who leaves Emery and her father to pick up the pieces of their lives and continue on after all they were living for is gone.


I always feel like a book is worthy of the title if the characters move you in some way. Whether you love them and are routing for their success or despise them and gleefully await their failures.


That's what the author has provided for her readers. A protagonist we can roll our eyes with when we enter her brother's odoriferous room with her. Someone we empathize and sympathize with when her heart is breaking like the very glass in the windshield of the car on the night of the accident. I was enamoured of Dischler's depiction of happy family life. As well as how she moves Emery and those around her through the healing steps of the grieving process.


I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. Death is a hard subject to deal with no matter what one's age. Warning this book is for young adults and up due to mild graphic content and language.


Sometimes, we don't know what we have until it's gone... Words We Never Say by Heidi Dischler.


The author Heidi Dischler was born and raised in Louisiana. She lives with her husband and their two dogs.



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About the author

Heidi was born and raised a Louisiana girl. While she doesn't sport the accent of a Cajun, she can still eat and cook like one! She lives in Louisiana with her husband, Logan, and their two dogs, Junie and Poppi. One day, she hopes to inspire others with her words the way books have inspired her. view profile

Published on April 18, 2021

60000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Young Adult

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