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Tell Me a Secret Hardcover – June 22, 2010
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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.
Pregnant at the start, Rand denies the possibility. Her thought processes and constant deals- if I haven't started by this event, then I'll take a test- strike the teenage mindset from the start. Rand 's intelligence comes across but the immaturity inherent with her age mingles comfortably with it. Her refusal to acknowledge certain situations and turning a blind eye to obvious clues also plays into not only her age but her character. Her reasons for doing things run years back and a large part of the story is Rand coming to terms with everything that's happened over those years. Through well placed flashbacks, smooth transitions between past and present, and striking scenes, not only is Rand's relationship with Kamram explained but her memories of her sister and the very rocky relationship between Xanda and their mother. Rand's own rebellion, anger, and hurt run deep, spilling out in unexpected places. With each new curve thrown at her, Rand matures a little more and her overall character development is phenomenally handled. Her resistance to some of the changes keeps the reader in the teenage mindset while still holding, overall, a more mature and knowledgeable tone.
Rand's sense of fear and uncertainty is magnified by her home life, two parents who exist separately in the same house. Torn apart by Xanda's actions and death, Rand 's house has not provided much haven for her in years.Read more ›
My most significant issue with Tell Me a Secret is that I found it difficult to like any of the people in Rand's life, with the exception of her boss, Shelley. Most of the side characters are callous and transparent, including Rand's parents, boyfriend, and best friend(s). It's not necessarily that they are unrealistic, but that their collective lack of redeeming qualities makes it difficult to be fully invested in the story. It's a testament to Cupala's simple-yet-poignant writing and pacing that I was compelled to continue reading despite these character issues. There were, in fact, a lot of things I liked about Tell Me a Secret. The story kept my attention the entire time, especially during its revelation-propelled latter half, and the ending is suitably bittersweet. I especially loved the art references and how they're integrated into Miranda's character.
Though ostensibly about teenage pregnancy, Tell Me a Secret is equally concerned with self-discovery and dealing with the fallout of a loved one's death. Despite its largely unsympathetic cast, Holly Cupala's debut novel is sensitive, riveting, and well-written.
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I as a grown woman was very impressed with this gift my teenager gave me. It was a great book.Published 9 months ago by Alaska
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 on February 13, 2014 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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Teen pregnancy is never an easy issue to read about and Miranda's pregnancy in Tell Me a Secret is no exception. Read more
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.