Review: Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala

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Title:Tell Me a Secret
Author:Cupala, Holly
Publisher:HarperTeen
Pages:304

From Goodreads: 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.

In this powerful debut novel, stunning new talent Holly Cupala illuminates the dark struggle of a girl who must let go of her past to find a way into her own future.

Holly gave me a two chapter preview of her book at the Teen Author Carnival in NYC in May. It was the only thing I read during the week in New York and I was completely psyched for the book to come out. I read Tell Me a Secret while on vacation in Seattle. I read it in a little over five hours. There was no way I could put the book down.

Tell Me a Secret follows a girl who is smart, sassy, and has amazing good sense. I enjoyed the characters in the book very much and the struggle she was going through. Every school has that mean girl who only wants what the other girls have and being pregnant while watching your so called Bestie move in on your boyfriend and spread lies about your already crappy situation is the worst.

Having a dead sister with her death shrouded in mystery is another problem. Will Miranda ever find out what really happened with Xanda?

The birth of Miranda’s child is chalk full of drama, and nail biting suspense. I had to force myself to slow down and not tear through this bit because I knew it would be monumental to the story and it was.

Loads of sub-plot action going on here. Tell Me a Secret is a fantastically written novel. I laughed, and then I cried, and I was a complete emotional basket case for the few hours it took me to read this book.

If you like Beth Kephart or Carolyn Mackler you will love Holly Cupala!

FTC Disclosure (lame): I won this book from a contest.

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6 Responses so far

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    Amazing review, I totally agree with you – Tell Me A Secret is a powerful, powerful read!

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    This book sounds great! I’ll be sure to check it out. Great review!

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    Well, I love Beth Kephart, so I’ll have to try Holly Cupala. This book sounds great – I love strong, sassy female characters.

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    I am generally not into this genre but you make the book come alive!

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    I loved this, too – glad it’s getting some good buzz!

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