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YASMIN RAHMAN

ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER SAID

HIGHLANDS COLLEGE / FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 10.45

SPONSORED BY SANTANDER INTERNATIONAL

Written in three points of view, a moving and impactful debut exploring the life-saving power of friendship.

16-year-old Mehreen’s anxiety and depression, or ‘Chaos’, as she calls it, has taken over her life. So she joins MementoMori, a website that matches people with partners and allocates them a date and method of death. Mehreen is paired with Cara and Olivia, two strangers dealing with their own serious issues.

As they secretly meet over the coming days, Mehreen develops a strong bond with the only people who seem to understand what she’s going through. But soon, the thing that brought them together has also created a supportive friendship that makes them realise that, maybe life could be worth living. It’s not long before all three want out of the pact they made. But in a terrifying twist of fate, the website won’t let them stop, and an increasingly sinister game begins …

‘I grew up in a traditional Bengali Muslim family, similar to that of my character Mehreen. In our culture, there is little understanding of mental illness. I remember assuming I was abnormal, that there was no one who could understand me. It was also around this time that I found YA literature. I grew obsessed with books on the topic of mental health, becoming overwhelmed at the notion that someone understood what was happening; someone felt the same (even if they were fictitious) … It’s the book I wish I’d had as a teenager.’ Yasmin Rahman

Yasmin Rahman is a British Muslim born and raised in Hertfordshire. All The Things We Never Said is her first novel. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Hertfordshire and an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University, both with Distinction. When she’s not writing, Yasmin makes bookish fan art; her designs are sold worldwide on behalf of John Green.

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