ARC REVIEW: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver
Published April 28th 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
YA > Contemporary | Mystery
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A girl takes over her twin sister’s identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.
Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy’s shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she’s chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy’s world.
When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy’s death and everyone’s grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy’s life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options—confess her deception or live her sister’s life.
Welcome to my stop for the The Secrets We Keep Tour! People, you NEED this on your shelf. It’s a MUST. This book will be forever with me now. Read my review and you might consider it. Trust me, regret will never pass through your mind.
“…this was our secret… a secrets sister would keep”
This book make me ache all over and I can feel it everywhere. The Secrets we keep is so raw and powerful. Truly something that you will never forget anytime soon. It will leave a mark, it will make you think and it will absolutely make you feel. Trisha Leaver words just seeps into you.
I don’t have a sister and everyday I wish I have one. Don’t get me wrong, living with 4 teenage boys is surely.. interesting, but it’s still nice to have someone I can fully relate with. Someone I can gossip with and dress up with. Having a sister, and in this case, a twin sister, is something that some people wishes to have. Madison and Ella, though they’re not as close as they were before, still loved each other even if they belong in different groups in highschool.. You can feel it through the pages. The way Ella talked about their bond. Their past escapades. Their secrets. Thr realness is there.
Ella really moved me by her thoughts and actions. She is so scared, full of fears but her actions? Her decisions? It tells a different thing. She’s brave. I mean, what she did… it’s so hard to imagine if you’re in her shoes. There was a scene in where Ella needed to make a decision about her and Maddy’s position. And I was literally screaming to my Kindle.. saying ‘NOOOOO. PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS TO YOURSELF.’ But people who crazy love someone tends to do crazy and unbelievable things. I hurt. I hurt for every characters in here. The book is only on one POV but every single characters are alive and can be felt.
Then there’s Josh and Alex. Both of them are in love. And they’re both hurting too and I can’t help but be filled with this emotion and NEED to just– hug them and tell them that it’s it’ going to be okay. That’s what Trisha Leaver does.. attaches you to her characters and make their emotions yours. I’m not sure if I should be thankful for that or not but one thing is for sure, she needs to be praised.
The Secrets We Keep will floor you with it’s depth and incredible storyline. The writing is beautiful and the characters are raw. Trisha Leaver wonderfully explores friendships, relationships and family ties. Are you willing to lose yourself so that someone you love can live?
Trisha Leaver live on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather irreverent black lab. (He is actually half Dalmatian so that could explain a bit of the excitability.) She is a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination to the mundane routine of everyday life. She is a member of the SCBWI, the Horror Writers Association, and the YA Scream Queens — a group of nine female authors who are deathly serious about their horror.
10 Winners will each get a finished copy of THE SECRETS WE KEEP by Trisha Leaver (US/Canada shipping only)