Book Review: Trading Secrets by Melody Carlson

Posted January 11, 2015 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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Book Review: Trading Secrets by Melody CarlsonTrading Secrets by Melody Carlson
Published by Revell on October 14th 2014
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian, Fiction, General
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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Back in fifth grade, Micah Knight got an Amish pen pal, and over the years, they've exchanged many letters--and many secrets. At age seventeen, Micah finally has the chance to meet her pen pal face-to-face. The only problem is that because of confusion about her name when the pen pals were assigned, her pen pal was a boy, Zack Miller. And all this time, Micah's never told Zack that she's actually a girl! While she wants nothing more than to experience life on Zack's Amish farm, she's afraid he'll hate her for deceiving him all these years. But she makes up her mind to face the music--and that's where the fun really begins.Bestselling author Melody Carlson brings young adults another fascinating tale of worlds colliding, secrets being revealed, and friendships forming. Teens will love this story of miscommunication and mishaps along the way to the truth.

“Trading Secrets” by Melody Carlson is a really cute story about a pair of pen pals. Micah’s teacher matched up all the kids with pen pals in a nearby Amish community. Micah’s pen pal is a boy named Zach. Now Zach automatically assumed that Micah was a boy and Micah decided to go along with it and tell Zach later in the future. Five years later, Zach still thinks that Micah is a boy. Micah is afraid that her friendship with Zach will end if she tells him the truth.

When Micah’s mom died, Zach’s letters were the only thing that kept her going and helped her work through all of her grief. Micah really began to depend on Zach and she doesn’t want to jeopardize their friendship at all. When Micah gets the chance to go to Zach’s family Farm, she jumps at the chance to meet him, but she doesn’t know if she should tell him ahead time that she is a girl.

Micah decides to show up dressed like a boy and go from there but she finally gives up and informs Zach of the truth. Zach now has some of his own secrets in mind now that he knows Micah is a girl. I really enjoyed this story. I thought it was super cute and a really easy story to read. It is nice to have good novels that are for young adults that aren’t all about sex, drugs, and violence. It was nice having a change.

Carlson is a great writer. She writes all of her stories with great morals and characters. I love getting to know the characters in this story and seeing how their lives unfold. I am definitely looking forward to more wholesome novels from Carlson.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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