THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO TELL YOU by Heather Duffy Stone

THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO TELL YOU

Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Twins Nadio and Noelle have always shared a close bond, but part of what held them together, their friend Keeley, now keeps them apart. When Keeley returns from a summer abroad, both Noelle and Nadio are forced to redefine their relationships with each other and with their friend. Told in alternating chapters from the point of view of each twin, this story reveals the destructive secrets that each harbors and the redemptive power of their love for one another. The voices of the two main characters are regrettably indistinguishable, making the switch between perspectives distracting. Ultimately Noelle’s story becomes much more powerful than Nadio’s, overshadowing it to the point that his chapters serve only as an alternate point of view for her tale. The lack of traditional punctuation for dialogue only furthers the disconnect. However, while its execution is flawed, the story is powerful and engaging and worthy of attention. (Fiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7387-1450-9
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Flux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2009