In the weeks leading up to releasing WHAT I DIDN'T SAY, I have to admit, I was kind of freaking out. And when I say kind of, I mean REALLY freaking out. Just ask my friend Jenni Merritt. I was a nervous mess. I started doubting myself, wondering if it was just a load of garbage and thinking everyone would hate it and wouldn't understand Jake and his struggles and kind heart or Sam and her quiet, determined strength.
But mostly I was freaking out because of how personal the book was. Many of you know my personal tie to the story. I included an author's note at the end of the book where I tell my own experiences as a teenager dealing with physical issues, issues I still deal with today and will deal with for the rest of my life. So for this reason, because the book was tied so closely to my heart, I was scared to death to share it. I wasn't sure I could handle it if anyone were to rip it to pieces and say they hated it.
Bucking up, I gathered my courage and fears and sent it out into the world.
And now here we are one year later, and I am blown away by the love and support you have given to me and Jake's journey. I have gotten so many emails, comments, posts, tweets, etc, expressing people's appreciation and love of the book. Many of them have brought tears to my eyes. All have touched my heart.
I worried everyone would hate the book. But today, on the one year anniversary of WHAT I DIDN'T SAY's release, it currently has an average star rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars with 183 reviews on Amazon. And I can barely believe it. I am humbled and honored.
Thank you for your love. Thank you for your support.
It means so much to me. More than I could ever express.