A review by jcinf
All the Things We Don't Talk About by Amy Feltman

emotional hopeful reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


  • Characters: lovable and realistic. Especially Julius. He was my favorite
  • Autistic rep: Julius’ personality was great. He was written in a way that demonstrated his struggles but also celebrated his quirks. He was a three dimensional autistic character, and he resonated with me a lot. 
  • Queer rep: Morgan’s non-binary-ness was great. Loved that their mom was queer too. 
  • The pacing: It never felt too rushed or too drawn out. The jumps in time felt appropriate when they were included. 
  • The portrayal of teenagehood: the teenage rebellion felt realistic and not overdone to me. 
  • Addiction rep: Really showed the emotional toll of addiction across all people in the addict’s life. And showed a spiral of growth and setbacks. 

  • I had a really hard time liking Zoe at first. I thought the author eventually made her more balanced. Where I saw Zoe’s good and bad. But for the first few sections with Zoe, I thought she was just terrible. BUT, that said,  the story probably wouldn’t have the same impact otherwise. So maybe I’m wrong lol. 
  • I feel like there was something else I disliked that I can’t really remember. 

Overall, this was a good read! I enjoyed it a lot. I nearly got through it in 3 days.