Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala

June 22nd 2010 by HarperCollins (first published 2010)
Hardcover, 256 pages

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--Goodreads 

 My Review:
Having a baby is a blessing and the most beautiful experience a woman can ever have. Especially when you have a significant other and a family to help celebrate a new life being brought into this world. But what if you were seventeen and had no significant other and there was no one to help celebrate the birth of your baby not even your family?

I can’t get Rand’s story out of my head. It’s wonderful. It’s terrifying. It’s realistic.

What I really like about the book is that you get to see Rand mature throughout her story. In the beginning she is just a girl in high school who is looking for a way to find some kind of connection to her dead sister Xanda. She thinks she finds that connection through a new student names Delaney. They start to hang out and Rand leaves her old friends behind as she finds herself in a new life of drinking and partying. Then Rand brings Kamran, her boyfriend, into the picture and that is when things start to spin out of control. One thing leads to another and Rand is left pregnant without a boyfriend, friends, and even family when she needs them the most.

While dealing with her pregnancy alone, her controlling and delusional mother and trying to figure out what really happened the night her sister died she sees her dreams of going to college at Cornish dwindle away. Realizations set in and she decides to face her demons. She has finally had enough of all the secrets and decides to talk to Kamran to set the record straight. At this point she finds out that sometimes things get worst before they get better and ends up at the hospital months before her due date.

Sorry but I’m going to stop there so you can see the journey of how Rand survives through the most trying time in her life for yourself. Over all this is one debut novel that I couldn’t keep out of my head even when I stared a new one. It’s definitely a MUST read!

Shelly- "A lot of things don't make sense until down the road, after you've had some time. That's why we've got faith, baby girl." ..
"Keep your eyes on the future, because that's where the answers are. It's where the hope is."

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TMAS Chapter 1





  1. I've seen this book pop up on a couple of blogs with good reviews. It seems like maybe I should be putting this on my TBR. Sounds intense in terms of being so realistic. Great review!