The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

21469095 The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

**This review is based on ARC from Netgalley, it releases on 4/28/15.

Ella is always taking care of her twin, Maddy, picking up the pieces after her and giving her rides home from parties. Maddy is Miss Popular and Ella is more of an academic, artistic person with a few close friends, as opposed to trying to impress the whole school constantly. After waking up from a tragic accident where Maddy was killed and not remembering much of anything, Ella decides people would be happier if she pretended like Maddy was the one who survived. So, she says goodbye to her life and decides to live the life of her completely different twin. She finds out just how tough it is to fake a whole persona and that there are a million things about her sister’s life that she never knew. Her closest friend, Josh, figures it out pretty quickly and tries to convince Ella to come clean, but she just can’t figure out a way to do so without destroying everything even more. Ella/Maddy has to come to terms with things that have happened and decide if she can continue faking a life or come clean and live out her own life with the guilt of killing her sister.

I enjoyed this book and read it quickly. Most of the “action” was at the beginning of the story, but it still kept my interest completely throughout.  I kept rooting and waiting for Ella to do what I thought was the right thing.  The interesting thing is that I think readers will have different ideas of what the “right thing” actually is, so it will affect each reader in a totally different way. The characters were relatable, though not always likable…but how good could a book be if not for some mean characters? I will definitely be recommending this to my high schoolers and have already purchased a copy for our library.

My rating: 4/5

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