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Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala

Published by HarperTeen (An Imprint of HarperCollins)

Pages: 304

Ages: Young Adult (14 and up)

Publishers Summary: 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.

When two lines on a pregnancy test confirm her worst fears, Miranda is stripped of her former life. She must make a choice with tremendous consequences and finally face her sister’s demons and her own.

“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. Unfortunately for Rand her secrets have huge consequences. And it’s just one of many secrets that have sent her and her family in a continuous downward spiral even since before she was born.

“Do you keep secrets? Secrets can be some of the most damaging things we carrying with us. Sometimes we do it because we think we are protecting others and then there are the times we are protecting ourselves. As the theme carries throughout the story from character to character you slowly discover that the secrets in Rand’s life began before her birth and don’t ever seem to stop. Again, some are kept with the best of intentions, like those from her mother, and others are intentionally kept from her, including those from her so-called friend Delaney. The most tragic secret is of course the one kept from her by her late sister Xanda.

“Holly Cupala’s debut novel, Tell Me A Secret, is a tremendously well written story that explores not only the relationships we have with those around us, but the choices we make and their impact. It’s not often that I find myself enjoying a story about a young girl, still in high school, who after some poor choices ends up pregnant, but Rand was an amazing character. She was incredibly likable and I found myself relating to many of her doubts from when I was a teenager. Didn’t we all question whether there was that guy that would still like us after spilled some of our deepest feelings? Or wonder about the girls around us and whether their intentions were pure? There are so many feelings that get wrapped up into being a teenager and Cupala did a brilliant job communicating each of them in her novel.

“It’s almost difficult to believe Tell Me A Secret is a debut novel. Holly Cupala does such an amazing job illustrating each facet of teenage life without sounding condescending or out of touch. Each of the characters in the book brought something different to the experience, even the minor ones. I’m also not an advocate of teenage pregnancy, but Cupala handled a touchy situation with finesse. Without a doubt Tell Me A Secret is a book I would eagerly share with readers of almost any age, especially those that enjoy a well written young adult novel.”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 14 and up. A brilliant debut novel I’m eager to share with young readers!

For the Comments: Do you keep secrets? Why or why not?

Take a look at the Virtual Blog Tour for some amazing (and hilarious) interviews with Holly Cupala and learn about how to win some great items related to the book:

The Tell Me A Secret Virtual Blog Tour from June 14 – July 30


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13 Responses to Book Review: Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala

  1. Carrie K. says:

    I really enjoyed this one, too – looking forward to whatever Holly comes up with next!

  2. NotNessie says:

    Wow! Great review. The topic would have turned me off of reading this book, but you’ve got me wanting to read it.

  3. Awesome review! I keep hearing great things about this one and the authoress is just so darn cute and clever!

  4. Gina says:

    Love the review! I’ve seen this title around and always wondered…WHAT IS THAT SECRET? Looks like (as with other YA novels today) it’s a bit bigger than one might imagine. Sounds like it was handled well and definitely might makes it’s way into my reading pile one day. Thanks for sharing….and happy reading!

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