All The Things We Never Said
by Yasmin Khan
16-year-old Mehreen Miah’s anxiety and depression, or ‘Chaos’, as she calls it, has taken over her life, to the point where she can’t bear it any more. So she joins MementoMori, a website that matches people with partners and allocates them a date and method of death, ‘the pact’. Mehreen is paired with Cara Saunders and Olivia Castleton, two strangers dealing with their own serious issues.
As they secretly meet over the coming days, Mehreen develops a strong bond with Cara and Olivia, the only people who seem to understand what she’s going through. But ironically, the thing that brought them together to commit suicide has also created a mutually supportive friendship that makes them realise that, with the right help, life is worth living. It’s not long before all three want out of the pact. But in a terrifying twist of fate, the website won’t let them stop, and an increasingly sinister game begins, with MementoMori playing the girls off against each other.
A pact is a pact, after all.
This was my third read for #RamadanReadathon and I am so happy i picked this up! I should’ve known this was right up my street before I even started it!
All The Things We Never Said by Yasmin Khan follows the lives of 3 different girls, Mehreen, a Muslim girl with awful anxiety and depression, Olivia, a girl trying to speak up after being abused, and Cara, a charismatic character who’s been bound to a wheelchair after a terrible car accident. These girls are strangers but they have one massive thing in common: they all want to commit suicide. When they all sign up to this sinister website so they can commit suicide together, they start to realise that things begin taking a turn for the worst…
I absolutely loved the concept of this book! It was so original and so engaging. I finished this book in only a matter of hours because I was so hooked into this story. I loved the diversity and the characters in this. They were definitely the strength of this novel. Khan uses her amazing talent to craft three completely different voices and still make them all seem real and authentic. All 3 were quite complex that one minute I was rooting for them and the next I was against them—and I think that just goes to show how brilliantly real Khan’s characters all were.
I also loved that Olivia’s POVs were told in free verse, it really added an extra dimension to the book that worked really well. There were some small moments that kind of felt a little bit clichéd, but they weren’t that often and I was able to just move on quickly.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it was probably my favourite read for #RamadanReadathon!