Monday, July 12, 2010

Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala

Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala

Released: 256
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Contemporary Fiction - Young Adult
Pages: 256
Source: Around the World Tours

Rating: ♥♥♥

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.



Robby said...

This book seems really unique. I am sucker for grieving stories, and teen pregnancy is such an infrequent topic in YA, though it seems to be growing. I can't wait to read this.

Anonymous said...

This book sounds soooo good. Great review.

Mariah said...

I have heard a lot about this book. I am not yet sure if I will pick it up or not. Good review!

ally said...

I've heard so much about this book! Nice review! Definitely getting it on my trip :D *my suitcases will be filled with books only, I swear... My dad'll kill me xD*

Dani. said...

I just got this book and am very excited to read it! And to see if your thoughts hold true to what mine will be:)

Erika Powell said...

I loved this book so much I as almost stunned you didn't rave like I did. But I like your great honest review
My Review

Patricia's Particularity said...

I have heard a lot of great things about this book. I love it when YA literature pushes the boundaries and is about real life social issues, like pregnancy.

Sab H. said...

I'm glad this is not a 5 star! I've only seen 5 star reviews all around and I dont really like reading about teen pregnancy... you can guess why. :P

Anonymous said...

Awesome review!! I can not wait to read this.. The Author is sending me a copy!!