Tell Me a Secret by Holly CupalaTell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala

Tell Me a Secret

byHolly Cupala

Hardcover | June 22, 2010

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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.

Holly Cupala is the author ofTell Me a Secret. When she isn’t writing or making art, she explores Seattle with her husband and daughter. A portion of her proceeds goes toward helping sexually exploited girls around the world.
Title:Tell Me a SecretFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.01 inPublished:June 22, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061766666

ISBN - 13:9780061766664

Appropriate for ages: 14 - 14


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review This is an emotional, heartbreaking and wonderfully written debut novel by Holly Cupala. I haven’t cried so much reading a book in a long time. I stayed up late to finish the book and had puffy eyes the next morning. I really connected with Miranda and got what she was going through. All her friends have turned their backs on her and she’s having a tough time with her parents regarding the pregnancy so she really has no one to lean on. There were so many instances in the story where I ended up crying so much because of what Miranda was going through. In her family, she’s the good daughter and has always listened to what her mother has told her. But when it comes to her pregnancy, she always manages to stand up for her baby and go against her mother’s wishes. And through it all Miranda always manages to put up a brave front and never loses hope no matter what she's up against. Since she was little, Miranda has looked up to her older sister Xanda and always wanted to be more like her, always wondering what Xanda would do. Some of the things Miranda did and decisions she’s made were influenced by her memory of Xanda. She was never really herself so the unexpected pregnancy really sets the course for Miranda’s path to her own self discovery. The story was surprising in that I didn’t know where it might go and how it might end. It kept me guessing especially about what really happened to Xanda. Holly Cupala really blew me away with her debut novel and I look forward to what she writes next.
Date published: 2010-09-15

Editorial Reviews

“Compelling dialogue and vivid scenes.”