June 17, 2010

Tell Me A Secret (Holly Cupala) Review

Publisher: HarperCollins (June 22, 2010)
Hardcover: 256 pages
Book from Around The World Tours
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. (Source)

TELL ME A SECRET, by Holly Cupala, was a sensational story about teenage pregnancy and the impact it has on everyone involved. Cupala creatively weaved the past and present into one intriguingly original tale. Each chapter dug a little deeper into this family's tragic past as the present situation unfolded keeping me guessing until the very end.

I immediately became emotionally connected to the characters in this book. Mandy was an amazing heroine. Since Xanda played the role of rebel while Mandy was the angel, her being pregnant escalated the tension at home. But Mandy dealt with her church-going mother and workaholic father the best she could. Kamran was definitely a change in pace as a not-so-typical love interest. His shady relationship with Mandy's best friend, Delaney, made my heart ache for Mandy, who was dealing with so much on her own. And Delaney... I don't know anyone who will read this book and not want to smack her. She was such a drama-queen, and I don't know how Mandy was able to stay friends with her for so long. I suppose it was because Xanda's death truly changed who Mandy wanted to be and what life she would make for herself. Even with the many strikes against Mandy, she succeeded in staying honest with herself and always tried to do what was right.

Cupala composed such an heart-rendering book. Specific scenes that come to mind was the night Xanda died and the entire time that Mandy was in the hospital. After finishing the book, I took a deeper look into the title and its meaning. There were so many instances of secrets being kept and exploited it was astonishing. Each new revealing secret was bigger than the previous and it's what made this book pretty fantastic.

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