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Tell Me a Secret Hardcover – June 22, 2010
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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 Rochman
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Miranda has faded from her longtime and rather unpopular friend Essence in order to hang with Kamran and Delaney. All Miranda wants to be is loved. Cared for. Cared about. Kamran is rather shady at times and it doesn't go unnoticed how friendly he is with Delaney. It's when school starts back up and Miranda realizes that something isn't right within herself. Surely she isn't pregnant? But truth be told, she is. It's when the news flies through not only the school, but the whole town, that my heart melts for her. Everyone sees her as an outcast. Her very own mother has already decided the future of the baby. This si the time that her mother is supposed to be there for her, not turn her back on her. Not shun her like the rest of the town.
Miranda stands tall all on her own. With an online pregnancy support group and her boss being the only people for her to turn to. Strangers. This poor teenage girl has to go through this pregnancy guided by strangers. Her family is no support whatsoever. I just want to wrap my arms around her and hug her. Comfort her in all the ways that she is missing. That she so deserves.
It's when Lexi is born that all the secrets in the family come out. The truth about Xanda, the truth about her own mother. Maybe now, this tiny little baby can help a family that was so distant, start to patch things back together.
Rand has been living in the aftermath of her sisters death for years. But now she has her own secret. With an overbearing mother, an absentee father, and a baby on the way, Rand must make some tough decisions. Her own decisions.
I grew up with fantastically normal, well adjusted family. Reading and this family horrified me! That mother! If there had ever been a character that I wanted to viciously murder, it was her. The scariest part is that people like her really exist! Holly Cupala definitely has a way with characters. Making you love them, making you hate them. Making you want to slap and shake them, and hug them. Rand was a very well rounded character. She portrayed the troubled teenager perfectly. At times I wanted to scream "STAND UP FOR YOURSELF!!!!!' at her and other times I wanted to let her cry on my shoulder. Any author that can make me feel that strongly about the characters has an immense amount of talent.
The story is something that happens a lot in this day and age, but Cupala's version is raw and unforgettable. You will not be able to put this book down. Rand's journey will stay with you for a long time to come.
This book left me emotionally drained but hopeful. I recommend it to anyone and everyone!
Wow, what an emotional story! So many twists and unexpected surprises that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire story. Let me also say, this was NOT a typical teenage pregnancy book. In fact, that wasn't even the main focus at all, which I thought was cool. The main story line was Xanda and the mysteries of the past. How did she die? Her parents tell her one thing, but she hears other things from everyone around her. Xanda was such an interesting character, even though she was dead. Flashbacks and memories showed a lot about her. She was a wild child and caused many family problems and fights. Miranda also had a lot of turmoil with her boyfriend, Kamran, and her "best friend." All in all, I thought this was excellent, intriguing, and I loved the dark feel that was present throughout.
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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
Teen pregnancy is never an easy issue to read about and Miranda's pregnancy in Tell Me a Secret is no exception.Read more