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Spotlight Sunday – December 4th, 2016

Spotlight Sunday is a weekly meme created by Balie @ Nerd in New York & Closet Readers for their Goodreads book club, Nerdy Reads. Each Sunday share a book that you think is underrated and needs to be read ASAP – put it in the spotlight! *wink-wink, nudge-nudge*

Rules:

  1. Make sure to link back to the original creators in your post.
  2. Share your post on the Goodreads page so that others can read your post.

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Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell by Liane Shaw

I loved this book. This was the first book that I’ve read that was told from the viewpoint of someone with Asperger’s, and I fell in love with Frederick’s voice. It’s a beautiful, if sometimes heartbreaking story, that will leave you laughing and crying. I didn’t enjoy the second half as much though, as it is told from Angel’s POV and while she was a really interesting character as well, she just wasn’t as compelling to me as Frederick. I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a diverse indie read. You won’t be disappointed! You can read my full review HERE.

Sixteen-year-old Frederick has a lot of rules for himself. Like if someone calls him Freddy he doesn’t have to respond; he only wears shirts with buttons and he hates getting dirty. His odd behavior makes him an easy target for the “Despisers” at school, but he’s gotten used to eating lunch alone in the Reject Room.

Angel, in tenth grade but already at her sixth school, has always had a hard time making friends because her family moves around so much. Frederick is different from the other kids she’s met – he’s annoyingly smart, but refreshingly honest – and since he’s never had a real friend before, she decides to teach him all her rules of friendship.

But after Angel makes a rash decision and disappears, Frederick is called in for questioning by the police and is torn between telling the truth and keeping his friend’s secret. Her warning to him – don’t tell, don’t tell, don’t tell – might have done more harm than good.


Have you ever read Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell? What did you think of it? What is a book that you would like to tell more people about? Leave a link to your Spotlight Sunday post in the comments below!

10 thoughts on “Spotlight Sunday – December 4th, 2016

  1. Beautiful and breathtaking? Omigosh, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell sounds so good! I may just have to read that little beauty of a book told from an Aspie-kid’s
    point of view. Not that it’ll stop me, but I wonder why it’s average rating on Goodreads is so low.

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    1. I found it beautiful due to Frederick’s way of thinking and POV. I’ve never read anything like it before but I fell in love immediately with it. I think the low ratings are really due to the second half of the book which is told from Angel’s POV. It’s just a very noticeable difference and not in a good way. She’s a much less interesting character and I found her chapters to be much slower. But even with all of that, I loved this book! I still highly recommend it to everyone!

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