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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Review: Tell Me A Secret (Cupala)

Title: Tell Me a Secret
Author: Cupala
Genre: Fiction, Love, Secrets, Sisters, High School
Pages: 292
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I am beginning to think that I am the worst blogger ever!  This is another title that I read during the summer and am just now getting to the review.  So, I will steal the summary from Goodreads in case I have forgotten pertinent details.

"In the five years since her "bad girl" sister Xanda’s death, Miranda Mathison has wondered about the secret her sister took to the grave, and what really happened the night she died. Now, just as Miranda is on the cusp of her dreams—a best friend to unlock her sister’s world, a ticket to art school, and a boyfriend to fly her away from it all—Miranda has a secret all her own. Two lines on a pregnancy test confirm her worst fears. Stripped of her former life, Miranda must make a choice with tremendous consequences and finally face her sister’s demons and her own."

Rand, shortening her name to resemble her sister's, is having a hard time adjusting to senior year.  She was dumped by her boyfriend, her girlfriends don't understand her, and she can't stop arguing with her parents.  Probably because they don't know her secret...no one does.  So Rand looks to an an online community of expectant mothers to find friendship.  Unfortunately, she cannot even be honest with them.

This is a fresh take on the teenage pregnancy plot, and the mystery surrounding the sister's death fuels readers on.  Debut author Cupala (a local Seattle author, by the way) has created a realistic character in Rand.  Readers will definitely connect with her and appreciate her flaws.  She is strong and vulnerable, and just trying to figure out who she is and what she really wants.

While I would recommend this for mature readers able to deal with the topic, I absolutely think it is a must read for teen girls.  You should pair this with Siobahn Vivian's
Not That Kind of Girl for another important book with great discussion potential.  Or simply because you want to read terrific books about strong, realistic girls.

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