Genre: Contemporary Fiction - Young Adult
Source: Around the World Tours
Tell me a secret, and I'll tell you one…
In the five years since her bad-girl sister Xanda’s death, Miranda Mathison has wondered about the secret her sister took to the grave, and what really happened the night she died. Now, just as Miranda is on the cusp of her dreams—a best friend to unlock her sister’s world, a ticket to art school, and a boyfriend to fly her away from it all—Miranda has a secret all her own.
Then two lines on a pregnancy test confirm her worst fears. Stripped of her former life, Miranda must make a choice with tremendous consequences and finally face her sister’s demons and her own.
I think the first sentence of the book: It's hard living in the shadow of a dead girl really says a lot about Miranda herself. A lot of people, especially teens, know what it's like to play second fiddle to someone. Being that Xanda was the rebel of the family, Miranda was always expected to be the good one. She keeps trying to please her mother, never speaking up for herself when she does in fact have a lot to say.
While I did enjoy this book, I was pretty iffy on Miranda. She was constantly thinking of what her sister would have done or what her best friend would do in a lot of the situations she's put it. It was hard to really get a hold on her, and sometimes she even came off as a big drab. But as the progression of the novel goes, Miranda is able to stand up on her own which was a very nice thing to see.
I really enjoyed the way Holly Cupala writes. Her style is very easy going and made the book flow nicely. It was hard to put it down because each page I wanted to know more about everyone. The way she weaved in Miranda's past and present never felt like a huge background drop nor did it get boring. Tell Me A Secret might not have been an instant favorite for me, but I still think it's one a lot of reads of contemporary fiction will enjoy and should definitely check out.