The Secrets We Keep
Summary:Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy's shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she's chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy's world.
When - after a heated argument - Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy's death and everyone's grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy's life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options--confess her deception or live her sister's life.
So often you are excited beyond belief for a certain book to release, only to finally get your hands on a copy and find yourself beyond disappointed. The Secrets We Keep was not like that. This is a book that doesn’t just meet expectations, it surpasses them by miles. From start to finish, you will be pulled in to this emotional and beautifully written story and the characters inside it.
When identical twin sisters Maddy and Ella are caught in a terrible car accident, Maddy immediately dies on impact. Ella survives to wakes up in the hospital hours later, surrounded by friends and family who, for one reason or another, think she’s her dead sister.
Ella is a well-written and sympathetic main character. She’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but she has her heart in the right place and is easy to sympathize for. She’s the typical under-the-radar girl – always reading or drawing, always in the back of the classroom, never drawing more attention to herself than absolutely necessary. Her struggles and her fears and her grief weave their way into your heart, almost to a point that you don’t realize how much until the story comes to a close.
The Secrets We Keep focuses on an intriguing number of important issues and topics that we don’t typically see in young adult. Familial dynamics – sister relationships in particular – are stressed and given a positive and realistic focus, and issues such as popularity, coping with grief, and jealousy are explored.
Whatever “it” is, Trisha Leaver evidently has it – the ability to write a compelling story. The Secrets We Keep is an amazing and emotional story that I’d highly recommend.