For eleven years, Oakley Farrell has been silent. At the age of five, she stopped talking, and no one seems to know why. Refusing to communicate beyond a few physical actions, Oakley remains in her own little world.
Bullied at school, she has just one friend, Cole Benson. Cole stands by her, refusing to believe that she is not perfect the way she is. Over the years, they have developed their own version of a normal friendship. However, will it still work as they start to grow even closer?
When Oakley is forced to face someone from her past, can she hold her secret in any longer?
This was one of the most heart-wrenching books I have read in a long time. The story relates to a young girl who suffers child abuse from a very young age that continues through to teen years. One of her tormentors is someone very close to her and due to this relationship, Oakley stops talking all together for fear of what she has been told. The psychological damage caused to Oakley is as bad as the physical and if not for Cole she would never have survived her ordeals.
Cole is a brilliant character. The way he cares for Oakley and stands by her when everyone thinks she is a freak is beautiful. They have their up and downs like all friends but through it all their friendship grows stronger and develops.
Oakley’s brother, Jasper, is awesome and I have to say he gets better in the second book.
Tissues are definitely needed for this story. It is emotionally charged from the very beginning. A story of true friendship and true love. This is a two-part series and the second book is a must-read to find out what happens with Oakley and Cole.