The Secrets Between You and Me

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<em>The Secrets Between You and Me</em>

The Secrets Between You and Me Is an easy read, and a clean, contemporary YA romance. She seems to have it all, and he appears to have nothing left, but a little summer romance based around a big white lie might be just what they both need to get a fresh start. While this isn’t a book I will revisit again and again, I did enjoy it while it lasted. Fans of Sarah Dessen et al will enjoy this book.

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Hannah’s “perfect” life is imploding. She is looking forward to spending time at her aunt’s house and playing at being a different Hannah. When she connects with Jude, a young man who is dealing with the death of his brother, she begins to figure out who she really wants to be. This was a good YA contemporary romance. It is a companion book, but was easy to read as a stand alone. The pacing is a little fast for the relationship, but it was believable enough. Themes of defining yourself, being honest, and stepping outside of your comfort zone add depth. I didn’t particularly care for Hannah at times, and I found Jude to be somewhat of a mystery when it came to his motivations, but I was engaged and pleased with the ending. Language and situations are appropriate for high school students. I will add it to my high school classroom library wishlist because my readers are always looking for YA contemporary romance, and this is one I could feel good about putting in their hands.

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About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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