Friday, December 05, 2008

[Book Review] KEEPING YOU A SECRET by Julie Ann Peters


Andrea Bledsoe reviews KEEPING YOU A SECRET (Little, Brown and Company, 2003)

How far would you go to be with the person you love? How much would you sacrifice? These are eye-opening, tough questions seventeen year-old Holland Jaeger must deal with her senior year of high school. Completely burnt out from the expectations of her mother, boyfriend, guidance counselor, and teachers, Holland is ready to bolt from her environment.

When Cecelia Goddard (known as Cece) transfers to Southglenn High School, Holland’s life changes forever, little by little. Cece, a sixteen-year-old, self-proclaimed "loud and proud" lesbian, provokes feelings in Holland that are both confusing and intense.

Neither girl can deny their feelings for one another, so Holland dumps Seth, her boyfriend of one year. When her mother confronts her about her new relationship with "that girl," Holland has no choice but to tell the truth. She is immediately thrown out of her house and forced to live on her own. Struggling to make ends meet and keep a demanding senior year schedule, she suffers emotionally, physically, and academically.

This is a sad, realistic story about a young woman confronting extremely difficult choices.

Andrea Bledsoe, Poplar-White Station Branch Library

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