Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala
Release Date: June 22nd, 2010
My Rating 5 out of 5 Stars
It's tough living in the shadow of a dead girl. . . .
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.
When two lines on a pregnancy test confirm her worst fears, Miranda is stripped of her former life. She must make a choice with tremendous consequences and finally face her sister's demons and her own. (synopsis from HarperTeen)
Wow! I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book since I hadn't heard much about it. The cover really didn't attract me much to it but the synopsis made me want to read it and I'm glad I did. I loved the way that the author described all her characters, even the smells and tastes of them which made them much more believable to me. I felt like I was living in Miranda's shoes and was able to connect with her. I found myself crying when Miranda cried or was going through something really emotional. During her anger and confused times I felt like punching someone or shaking some sense into her, that's how good Holly's writing is. I really fall in love with a book when I can connect and relate to the characters and feel their emotions as I'm reading and Tell Me a Secret did that for me.
Besides the amazing writing there's also the complicated story about a teenage girl that is still grieving the death of her sister, is going through an unplanned pregnancy and trying to deal with her parents and peers at school. We get a few glimpses at Miranda's life before the pregnancy through flashbacks, there's also the big secret about how her sister really died that her parents are keeping from her. While Miranda struggles through her pregnancy trying to make the right decisions for her future we see her changing and discovering what she really wants and who she really wants to be and the ending was perfect, I loved it! Holly has written a wonderful debut novel that will suck you right in from the very beginning and will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions. I found myself unable to put it down for long, I've become a fan of her writing and will definitely be reading her future books!
*ARC from Around the World Tours*