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4.0 out of 5 stars I Highly Suggest This One, June 29, 2010
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This review is from: Tell Me a Secret (Hardcover)
Tell Me a Secret is one of those books that takes a mundane, overdone subject (teen pregnancy) and puts a new spin on it. A spin that made Tell Me a Secret not only a page-turner in every right way but a novel that felt so close to reality that it was, at times, hard to read, though at the same time so compelling and well-done that you couldn't help but push yourself through every part.

Miranda was a character who haf made quite a decent amount of bad decisions in the past year varying from loosing friends and replacing them with awful people, to having an intimate relationship with her boyfriend for all the wrong reasons, to landing herself in the situation she was in because of it, leaving her to be someone you definitely did not want to emulate. And while I wanted to shake her on the shoulders for being such a fool at times, I also wanted nothing but the best for her, to give her a huge hug and tell her it was all going to get better and that she was so strong in the decisions revolving her pregnancy. Adding to this, it was interesting to see how her relationship with her bad-girl sister, as well as that sister's death, tied into the plot, since while their relationship was complicated, it was also something sweet because of the way they would always stand up for each other no matter how far apart they grew. Also, I have to say Miranda and Xandar's parents were some of the most selfish I've seen in YA, and I was especially ashamed of the mother's way of dealing with things, though I did enjoy seeing the turn-around both did at the end.

The plot of Tell Me a Secret was fast-paced and made this one story that can easily be read in one long sitting because of the addicting nature it had. It was always interesting to see all the secrets that came out and the different relationships/friendships Miranda had with people and how deeply they affected her. I really liked the add-on of the pregnancy board Miranda went on, because it added an interesting side to the story, involving one character that this story would be incomplete without. Also, while Holly's transitions scenes between past and current were always a little shaky, her writing, as well as her world-building, were still well-done for a debut, and something I'm looking forward to seeing more of in future novels.

And the ending had to be one of my favorite parts, since not only had Miranda grown greatly from being a follower to a leader, but Cupala also didn't sugar coat everything, giving Miranda the realistic yet somewhat happy ending that is meant for these type of novels.

In all, while Tell Me a Secret had it's faults, this is one novel I can't help but suggest you pick up because it truly gives you a unique look into a teenage girl's life and how one death can make everything go up in flames.

Grade: B
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