Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala
Release Date: June 22, 2010
The Story: It's tough living in the shadow of a dead girl. . . .
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.
When two lines on a pregnancy test confirm her worst fears, Miranda is stripped of her former life. She 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.
My Review: Tell Me a Secret is the emotional and gut-wrenching story of teen pregnancy like you've never seen before. Miranda "Rand" Mathison has spent the last five years since the death of her older sister, Xanda, trying to live as she would have. She makes decisions about her friends, family and just about everything else you'd want a teenager to really think about for themselves, based on what Xanda would have done.
Rand makes a series of bad choices including dumping her best friend for the new and exciting Delaney and sleeping with her boyfriend Kamran for all the wrong reasons. After spending the summer away and realizing she's pregnant, Rand finds all of her relationships are suddenly strained. She suspects something is going on with Kamran and Delaney, her old best friend is always hanging around at the wrong times and as any teenager would say, her parents just don't get it.
Although Tell Me a Secret is told from Rand's point of view, Cupala finds ways to incorporate the feelings of others without ever explicitly telling us what they are. There are a few characters that I was convinced I'd despise for the entire story but by the end found myself feeling a range of emotions for them, none of which were not hatred.
There were moments in Tell Me a Secret that made me cry when I thought back to my own first days as a parent. The online baby forum that Rand utilizes is also something that is familiar to me and made this book that much more believable. Tell Me a Secret is a tremendously powerful and beautiful debut from a talented author that I cannot wait read more from. I highly recommend this book and think it should be a must-read for any teenager - or parent of one for that matter. Excellent read!