Words We Don’t Say by K.J. Reilly: Sneak Peek + Blog Tour Contest

Posted November 7, 2018 by Sara | Novel Novice 1 Comment

Today, we’ve got a sneak peek at Words We Don’t Say by K.J. Reilly, a new contemporary YA that tackles some big issues. Keep reading for an excerpt from the book, plus your chance to win a finished copy.


Joel Higgins has 901 unsent text messages saved on his phone.

Ever since the thing that happened, there are certain people he hasn’t been able to talk to in person. Sure, he shows up at school, does his mandatory volunteer hours at the soup kitchen, and spends pretty much every moment thinking about Eli, the most amazing girl in the world. But that doesn’t mean he’s keeping it together, or even that he has any friends.

So instead of hanging out with people in real life, he drafts text messages. But he never presses send.

As dismal as sophomore year was for Joel, he doesn’t see how junior year will be any better. For starters, Eli doesn’t know how he feels about her, his best friend Andy’s gone, and he basically bombed the SATs. But as Joel spends more time at the soup kitchen with Eli and Benj, the new kid whose mouth seems to be unconnected to his brain, he forms bonds with the people they serve there-including a veteran they call Rooster-and begins to understand that the world is bigger than his own pain.

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I am the author of the (contemporary social issue) Young Adult book, Words We Don’t Say (Disney Hyperion Oct 2, 2018).

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One response to “Words We Don’t Say by K.J. Reilly: Sneak Peek + Blog Tour Contest

  1. Sandy

    I love the cover and after reading the synopsis, I need to know what is “the thing that happened”? I am really curious to know what happened as he ‘s doing mandatory community service and there’s a girl named Eli involved. Are the two tied together? I love that he types texts but he doesn’t send them YET he keeps them- interesting. I’m scared that they’ll get released somehow. You got me interested!

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