Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Review : Tell Me A Secret

Synopsis: 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.

Thoughts: Miranda aka Rand has just returned from 8 weeks at art camp. It sounds fun, but it wasn't. Teaching church kids how to draw crosses? Not exactly anyone's ideal summer. That's ok because she gets to come back to her boyfriend Kamran and her best friend Delaney. The only thing is, Rand is coming home with more than she bargained for. Not only is she keeping secrets, her family and friends are keeping some from her as well.

Throughout the story, all I kept thinking about was how much I hated every single one of these characters. Isn't that a sign of a great book? When you care about these people as if they were real?

First off, there's Rand. She's been trying to fill this void her sister (Xanda) left when she died. All throughout the book, you receive little flashbacks into Xanda's life. Needless to say, her death change Rand forever. There were times when I just wanted to jump in the story and slap some sense into her. She goes off and does the dumbest things. But I must at admit, I loved her in the end. She's a very strong willed teenage girl, not afraid to stand up for what she knows is right. At one point, Rand had everything going against her, but she didn't let it keep her down. She found some inner strength and kept on truckin'.

Now, Rand's parents. OMG! I don't know what I would do if I had parents like these. Especially Rand's mom. While it's clear she only wants the best for Rand, she still has a very odd way of showing it. Trust me, for at least 200 pages, you'll hate her parents too.

Next off, Delaney aka Rand's BFF. I hated her the most. From the very beginning, you can tell there's something very off about Delaney. Through the entire story, I kept thinking "She can't get any worse than this." Oh, but she can. And you'll have to read it to see what I mean.

Finally, Kamran. The things he does and says makes you want to kick some random guy for just being a guy. He actually had me questioning what Rand saw in him in the first place. If I could, I'd slap some sense into this boy. Sadly, I can't.

There are several other characters in the story that I'm not going to mention. Though their roles are smaller, they still play a very significant factor in the story. While mentioning them will not spoiler their story, mentioning their role will. What I will say is, though I mentioned how much hatred I had for these characters, the last 50 pages will break everyone down. Some of them will be redeemed and some won't. It will go deeper into the story and make you realize sometimes people are the way they are for certain reasons.

In the end, I absolutely loved this novel. It's twisted, cruel, and amazing. There where moments where I wanted to grab a box of tissues and wail. I actually felt emotionally attached to these characters (though sometimes, not in a good way). It will rip your heart out and leave you with a lasting impression. If you enjoyed Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers, I have no doubt you'll enjoy Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala.

Tell Me A Secret releases June 22nd, 2010.


  1. Whoa. o_0 Thanks for the review! I may wait on this one, until I'm ready for some twistedness. :-)

  2. LOL! It's not like zombies jump out and eat babies. Not that kind of twisted. But yeah, still, it's messed up :P

  3. I'm with Tiger...sounds like a heavy book, great review though!

  4. Great review. I loved this book too and hated everyone.

  5. I loved this book too! It's made of win, but intense :)

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