Book Review: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

Posted May 16, 2015 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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Book Review: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha LeaverThe Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver
Published by Macmillan on April 28th 2015
Genres: Bullying, Death & Dying, Family, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Siblings, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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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.

Maddy and Ella are twins and they are nothing alike. The may be able to switch places because they look so much alike but their personalities are completely different. Maddy is popular and loves the center of attention and Ella is very quiet and sticks to herself. When Maddy calls Ella for help one night, Ella rushed to go save her but then the unthinkable happens.

I actually thought this story was pretty decent. It was able to keep my attention however the story seemed pretty shallow. Like you really didn’t have to think about much of what is going on. The reader is instantly enthralled into the story and it definitely takes you on a whirl wind. This story is many twists and turns but I feel that the main focus in the story was the twins and their bonds with one another.

I think the characters were great. I really enjoyed getting to know both Maddy and Ella. I do wish there was more depth to the story. That goes back to the story and its shallow feeling of everything. I think this could probably be a novel that you read fast and don’t have to pay too close attention to what is going on.


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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