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Grade 9 Up As school begins, 17-year-old Rand knows that she is pregnant. She wants to tell her boyfriend, but after being away at camp all summer she doesn't feel as close to Kamran as she once did. Making matters worse, she is increasingly certain that he is dating her best friend behind her back. Because of this, Rand is all but cut off from her social group, and her controlling mother and emotionally absent father, still reeling from the death of their other daughter five years earlier, don't offer any emotional support either. When she decides to keep her baby, her parents force her to give up her dreams of art school to get a job. Just when everything seems like it couldn't possibly get any worse, Rand faces the dangerously early birth of her baby. In the end, she discovers not only who her true friends are, but also the truth about her sister's death. Along with a rekindled relationship with her parents, these facets of the story contribute to a somewhat resolved ending, though not much positive happens during this bleak novel. Even if other characters are not outright mean to her, almost no one treats Rand with any kindness. Some may appreciate Cupala's gritty realism, but others will find this overwrought book a real downer. Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA
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Haunted by the death of her older sister, Xanda, in a car crash five years earlier, Seattle high-school senior Miranda barely relates to her cold parents, quarrels with her girlfriends, and has sex with gorgeous Kamran, who dumps her. Then she discovers that she is pregnant. She finds support online with other expectant mothers, even though she isn’t truthful about her own scenario. And she loves her baby girl, Lexi, even in the womb, and that gives her hope after a long, painful labor and very premature birth. This lengthy, repetitive first novel draws out the family secrets. How exactly did Xanda die? Was her boyfriend drunk, or was it Xanda’s fault? Miranda’s mother is demonized, but teens will be held by the fresh take on the teen-pregnancy plot, and Miranda’s first-person contemporary narrative elevates this title above problem-novel clichés. Heartbreaking and hopeful, the details of Miranda’s bonding with Lexi and her discovery of kindness and family are the core of the story. Grades 9-12. --Hazel RochmanSee all Editorial Reviews
Five years ago, Miranda's older, troublsome and wild sister Xanda died. Now, she lives in the shadow of the past and the secrets that were buried along with her sister's death,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by StephTheBookworm
The book was great, the condition was as listed in the description box. I read this book in about a day.Published on August 13, 2013 by whitneydarling
Oh, how I loved this book.
Ahem. Now that that's covered, I'll explain myself. I've been looking forward to reading this for a while, and when I found out I won a copy,... Read more
I'm not typically a YA fan, but I read this book on the recommendation of someone else. I'm so glad I did (well, except for the fact that now I'm tired, because I sat down and read... Read morePublished on October 16, 2012 by Dawn Babb Prochovnic
Miranda, no, Rand is a girl with secrets. Yes, we all have secrets but not many of us have secrets that could forever change the landscape of the lives of everyone surrounding us. Read morePublished on February 18, 2012 by Danielle M. Smith
I love a good teen pregnancy story, having lived one myself. More than that, I love a well written book, and I couldn't put this one down. Read morePublished on January 27, 2012 by idasong
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Tell Me a Secret is a breathtaking debut novel. Holly Cupala's writing gets to the heart of high school drama and the ramifications of the choices that we make in a realistic and... Read morePublished on August 3, 2011 by Kate B.
Over the summer I won a two-chapter preview of this through Holly's blog. I read the preview as soon as I received it and desperately wanted to finish it after the second chapter. Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by Sarah