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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 9 and up
  • Series: Secrets (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600069487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600069482
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

With MIA parents, overdue rent, and no one to turn to, Adele is forced out of her home. She strives to maintain the pretense of a “normal” life while struggling to finish high school, all the while concealing that she is homeless. But is she strong enough to keep up the act?

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Every teenage girl has a secret. And every teenage girl loves hearing someone else’s secret. But some secrets are big enough to detour, derail, or even destroy a young person’s life. Each of Melody Carlson’s Secrets novels will propel readers into a world where promises are broken, life is not fair, and challenges can make or break them, while ultimately helping readers discover that solid faith, loyal friends, and a persistent spirit will see them through.

About the Author

Melody Carlson is the best-selling author of more than 150 books, including the TrueColors series (TH1NK/NavPress). She has won various awards for her writing, including The Gold Medallion and The Rita Award. She has two grown sons and lives in the beautiful Oregon Cascade Mountains with her husband and Labrador retriever.

More About the Author

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her novels range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including Romantic Time's Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at http://www.melodycarlson.com/

Customer Reviews

The only thing I didn't like about this book was the ending.
Christy
I enjoyed this young adult reader very much, and feel that it is a wonderful read for both adults and teens!
Godspoetic1
Also thank God everyday for the little things sometimes it is hard to realize what you have!
Aimee Murray

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 11, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I thought the premise of the book sounded good and for half of the book I was not disappointed. However the author leaves many questions unanswered. What happened to Cybil? What happened to her other friends? Where did she go next?

I think this book is more like a fairy tale where someone waves a wand and everyone lives happily ever after. It doesn't talk about real life. I would have liked to seen this girl work through and achieve her goals she was working towards, not have everything appear as a miracle. With everything just given to her at the end there were no lessons learned. She did not become a stronger person that could handle future disappointment. If anything she became more child-like.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Abooklovingirl on August 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
All of her life seventeen-year-old Adele has had it pretty rough. When things start to turn around for her and her mom, she feels like she'll finally have a normal life. When she began to attend a new school, she quickly made new friends, and loved that they knew nothing about her life before them. Her life was changing. She had lots of friends, a much better place to live, and a little more money for better clothes. She even thought her mom was going to actually do good at her new job. It all seemed too good to be true, and unfortunately it was all about to end soon.

After her mom walks out on her, she gets a new job to have at least a little money available to her. She soon gets evicted from her apartment and ends up living in an old van she nicknames, "Darth Vader." She keeps her circumstance to herself and does everything possible, including a lot of lying, to keep her wealthy friends from finding out. When everyone finds out about her being homeless, how will she deal with the embarrassment, rejection, and loneliness?

Forgotten is the first book in the Secrets series by Melody Carlson. I think I expected a little more from this story, but it was still a good read. I began reading it before I went to bed and quickly realized that that was a big mistake. I couldn't put it down and I wanted to see what happened next so bad! Even though I felt glued to this book, I still have mixed feelings about it. The story was predictable at times, and I felt like it ended too quickly. I think that's the only disappointment I have, but it's a big factor in a story. This book is for teen readers and I really liked that it's a clean story with nothing inappropriate. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.

This book was provided for review by Navpress. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have express are my own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bluerose's Heart VINE VOICE on August 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
It never seems to stop amazing me at the childishness and selfishness of some parents. I think this story could be told by entirely too many teens. Although, I do think that Adele's story was very calm in comparison to what happens for many homeless people. This story only gives you a glimpse of what homelessness is like, although I've never been without a home and pray I never experience that hardship. This observation is purely from other books and documentaries. It was still heartbreaking to read Forgotten. It really teaches you to not be so judgemental of others. We should be more accepting of each other.
It made me thankful for my parents!! I'm so grateful to my parents that I never had to worry about if I would get a meal. I can't imagine what that is like.
The only issue I had was the ending. It was somewhat rushed and we never learn what happens with the parents. It's still a book I recommend, especially to teens. There's lots of great messages that can be taken away.

* I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss Daisy on August 9, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I had no intention of reading this book yesterday. I purchased it because it was free and opened it only to look at it and file it away in my collections. I tried several times to put it down but just couldn't. My kindle kept telling me it needed charged and I kept saying-one more page, just one more page until I finished it. (My kindle battery did finally die when I reached the discussion questions in the back.)

It was NOT at all far-fetched as one reviewer had said. I am a christian and I felt the writer was very true to her religion without being preachy. I think non-christians would also enjoy the book but I can also understand how some might be like the character in the story and just not get it. I knew a guy when I was in high school who was in the same situation and I know a lot of what happened in the story was true for him and I didn't have any trouble believing any of the story.

It wasn't highly suspenseful or dramatic and it was for the most part pretty predictable but I genuinely cared about the main character and it was written very well. I gave it four stars because I really tried to put it down but just couldn't. (I still need to apologize to my husband for ignoring him all evening.)Such forceful page-turning power deserves an extra star to an otherwise good story.

I looks like this book is no longer a kindle freebie but I would still recommend you buy it because it really is a good read.
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