THE SECRETS WE KEEP by Trisha Leaver

THE SECRETS WE KEEP

Age Range: 13 - 18
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A fatal accident leaves one twin sister dead and the other trying to figure out her identity.

Ella has always been smart, quiet and artistic, while her identical twin sister, Maddy, became part of the social elite once they reached high school. Ella has also become accustomed to bailing Maddy out, so it’s no surprise when Maddy needs Ella to pick her up from a party. As the two argue over their growing separation, Ella crashes the car, killing Maddy instantly. In an implausible story straight out of Hollywood, Ella, not certain who she is when she wakes up after the accident, assumes she is Maddy, especially when Maddy’s boyfriend, Alex, is at her side. Although she quickly realizes the truth about Maddy, Ella pretends to be her twin sister in an effort to trade her own life for the life Maddy should have had. She seems to fool her family and friends, but can she convince herself to be Maddy? The effort, described in hyperbolic prose that seems determined to tell instead of show, becomes more difficult when Alex begins pressuring her to resume Maddy’s physical relationship, and Ella’s best friend, Josh, proclaims his love for the Ella he presumes dead. The discovery of Maddy’s secret involvement in a school scandal weaves a mild thriller plot into the building romance.

For lovers of melodrama only. (Fiction. 13-18)

Pub Date: April 28th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-374-30046-3
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2015




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