I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Whisper to Me on May 3, 2016
Cassie is writing a letter to the boy whose heart she broke. She’s trying to explain why. Why she pushed him away. Why her father got so angry when he saw them together. Why she disappears some nights. Why she won’t let herself remember what happened that long-ago night on the boardwalk. Why she fell apart so completely.
Desperate for his forgiveness, she’s telling the whole story of the summer she nearly lost herself. She’s hoping he’ll understand as well as she now does how love—love for your family, love for that person who makes your heart beat faster, and love for yourself—can save you after all.
I have always wanted to pick up a novel by Nick Lake, so I knew that as soon as I saw Whisper to Me it was one that I just had to read. I’m so glad that I did! Whisper to Me is about mental illness, specifically a girl named Cass who hears voices. The entire book is basically an email to this boy whose heart she broke, which I found so incredibly awesome. It’s such a clever writing style for a novel.
Think of this as the most screwed-up love letter ever.
My favorite thing about this book was actually the main protagonist, Cass. She was very hilarious even though she was always hearing voices. However, I felt bad a lot of times for her too, especially at the very beginning. What she was going through was extremely tough. I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like to always be listening to a little voice in your head that you can’t control at all. I also really loved Nick Lake’s writing style. It was very lyrical and just pleasing to my mind. I know for sure that I’m going to want to check out everything else written by Nick Lake. I also liked that this novel touched upon mental illness. YA will never have enough books about this serious subject.
Despite the fact that I loved so many things, one thing in particular somewhat annoyed me. Asterisks were used instead of swear words, though I feel like actually including the swear words would’ve added to the overall story. However, using the asterisks did make the book more okay for younger audiences, so I guess it has its pros and cons. Overall, Whisper to Me was a very unique read that was written beautifully.