Publication Date: April 28, 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
[Special thanks to the publisher for the review copy!]
A girl takes over her twin sister’s identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.
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.
I didn’t agree with Ella’s thinking. She killed herself to bring Maddy back, but she will never be Maddy and she chose not to give herself a chance to be understood. I’m also as confused as her – Ella’s mixed feelings with what she was doing made it hard to figure out whether she could continue playing her part.
There were tough issues involving not just the sisters, but also a character named Molly. Molly’s mystery became a big question to me that was eventually answered.
Josh is my favorite character. I just love how was able to figure things out. He’s a genius.
The Secrets We Keep is a story about loss and how it affects relationships. It tells us that while losing someone in the family is very unfortunate and sad, it also serves as a wake up call–love your family while you still have them. The book also showed the kind of friends that everyone probably has. There are good weather friends, who stick with you because you’re popular and awesome, but leave you when you have nothing. But there are also bad weather friends, who know the real you, and don’t care whether you’re the best for everyone–because you’re the best for them and that’s enough.
Lastly, The Secrets We Keep is a story about sisters, and how complex the bond they share is. There are things that only sisters can understand, and those hidden things can mean so much more than one can imagine.
Quote love! ❤
Tears burned behind my eyes. I’d him them through the service, hadn’t trusted myself to keep playing my part if I gave in to my emotions. But now, with nobody watching, I finally let them fall.
So much pain in this quote. Ella and Maddy are twins, and the attachment of one sister to another is something so great, and so beautiful to be torn apart by death.
Perfection isn’t everything. I think the flaws are what make it perfect.
True. Once we have a perfect life, we’ll never strive to be better people.
I love you, Ella Lawton. If you believe in nothing else, I need you to believe in that.
This one is my favorite because this quote is very hopeful. Not to mention that hearing your guy best friend say this will melt your heart right on the spot. (Right, girls?)
Initial Rating: 4.1875
Final Rating: 4.56/5
Never be someone you’re not.