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TELL ME A SECRET
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult
Cupala writes an emotional roller coaster of fear, anger and desperation that pulls the reader along for the ride. The plot is as complex as the mazes Rand draws, and her feelings echo through the pages and into the reader. It may start off slowly, but be prepared for an excellent, emotional read.
An aspiring artist, Rand is determine to escape to New England with her boyfriend, getting away from her terrible home life. Ever since her sister’s mysterious and tragic death Rand has been searching for answers, trying to do what Xanda would have done. When a poisonous friend and desperation leads to a pink plus sign and a burgeoning belly Rand has nowhere to turn. Her mother is judgmental and controlling, and her father is a workaholic. After alienating her old friends for good and being betrayed by those she trusted, she will have to make the choice between her future and her baby, her family and herself. When she reaches out she will find help, and answers, in unlikely places. (HARPERTEEN, Jul., 304 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9780061766664, HC, 14 & Up)
Reviewed By: Raven Haller
Published: July 2010