The Secrets We Keep by Trisha LeaverThe Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

The Secrets We Keep

byTrisha Leaver

Hardcover | September 29, 2016

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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.

Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband and three children. Her debut YA psychological thriller CREED (co-authored) was published in 2014 with Flux.
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Title:The Secrets We KeepFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.8 × 1.16 inPublished:September 29, 2016Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374300461

ISBN - 13:9780374300463

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from ideas are cool love the plot of the book, really unique feel to it
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool Really good read!!! Great description
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great gift! I got this book for my sister as a gift and she loved it.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A sad but riveting story :) The Secrets We Keep was an incredibly emotional and powerful read for me. My eyes were practically glued to the pages. The story had my utmost attention. Not once did I feel bored or want to put the book down. It was riveting! Ella and Maddy are twins with very different personalities. Maddy is the popular well-loved one while Ella's the quiet and artsy half. They used to be each others world until one day they weren't. Maddy made new friends and pushed Ella towards someone else. Ella never understand why Maddy changed. Their relationship was fragile and tense. Then the accident happens leaving Ella forever alone in the world. I seriously ached for Ella. What she had to go through was so heartbreaking. The initial confusion and then the guilt and anguish all led her to make the worst decision ever: to become Maddy. In the midst of thinking she's giving Maddy what she deserves, Ella completely forgot about the people that actually loved her. She could not hide herself from Josh, her best friend, because he's always loved her (Ella was the only one that didn't seem to realize this) and would know her anywhere. He spoke words that could not have been wiser. My favourite being when he opened Ella's eyes to why their mom always did everything for Maddy. Something Maddy once said to Ella about her drawing made me think it fits Ella a lot. "I think the flaws are what make it perfect." (eARC, p.150). I bet this was the way Josh saw Ella. He knew what she was doing wasn't helping anyone and instead of trying to expose her, he tried to help her see that. I felt a bit disconnected to the whole Ella-becoming-Maddy storyline. I couldn't pinpoint why until I realized it was because of Ella. Her resolve to become Maddy was undermined by her own actions. She didn't try very hard besides dressing like her sister and staying by Alex's side. Only her thoughts expressed pure determination to become Maddy. Further complicating things was the fact that Maddy had secrets. A big one that Ella had to pretend she remembers. Maddy's big secret was a bit of a let down. After all the build up, it turned out to be just that. I mean, it was bad but I also already suspected it. The irony is also not lost on me that Ella' was 'saved' by the one that Maddy destroyed. A part of me really blamed the girls' parents and Alex for the case of mistaken identity. If people hadn't mistaken Ella for Maddy in the first place, Ella would've never gotten the idea to become her dead twin. But then again, they were traumatized too so I couldn't possibly hold it against them. Her parents does love her and Alex really did care for Maddy was all that was important. The one person I thought had more going on was Jenna. Yet as it turns out, she really was just a manipulative snob not worth anybody's time. Despite some flaws, I think the story hit particularly close to my heart because I have an identical twin sister too. As one half of a twin, I could identify with Ella and understand her need to do what she did for Maddy. Even if it was all so obviously wrong. At least it taught Ella that she's loved by her parents and Josh. The pacing of the book was done beautifully. It perfectly brought out the raw intensity of the story. Anything I say will not do this book justice. The Secrets We Keep is an emotionally-charged book that will turn your emotions upside down. In a good way.
Date published: 2015-05-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from disappointing The Secrets We Keep deals with twin sisters, Maddy and Ella, who are identical but couldn't be anymore different. After a tragic accident leaves Maddy dead, Ella is overwhelmed and feels like she's the one responsible for Maddy's death. Through some mistake, everyone at the hospital has confused her for Maddy and when she realizes how happy they all seem that Maddy had survived and not Ella, she makes a decision to pretend to be Maddy to keep everyone happy. When I first read about this book, I was really intrigued to pick it up, to find out what happens in the end, and hoping for something that was really awesome and that I could simply read in one sitting because it was that good. It's sad to say that I was somewhat disappointed with this book. It was pretty predictable right from the beginning and was full of cliches. Ella's reasoning behind pretending to be Maddy was so that she could "give her life" to her sister and let her be the one that survived yet this concept made no sense to me. It seemed like sometimes Ella was envious of Maddy and getting to be her she could finally have all the things she didn't get to have because of her quiet and shy personality. I think my biggest disappointment was that I could see this book being so much more yet it failed to deliver. It was a typical twin sisters fighting because they were complete opposite story. A mistake happens and one is dead and now the other feels guilty. I wish there were more emotions in the book and less of Ella trying to figure out what made Maddy so popular and why Maddy didn't want to hang out with Ella anymore. The ideas weren't unique at all and I could easily tell how the book would end a couple of chapters in. I do have to say that there was a good mystery throughout the book. The secrets between the sisters add up and one of the reasons I kept reading was so that I could find out what exactly happened between them. It's a lot of high school drama, a little typical but overall a good book for a young audience.
Date published: 2015-05-09

Editorial Reviews

"* Leaver's brilliant novel is the high school version of What Happened to Janie? The compelling premise will attract readers and the strong characterization will keep them enthralled." -VOYA, STARRED REVIEW"A fatal accident leaves one twin sister dead and the other trying to figure out her identity . . . For lovers of melodrama." -Kirkus Reviews"Watching Ella grapple with questions about life, death, and love makes for rewarding reading." -Publishers Weekly"The love and loss of a twin sister leads to a powerfully complex and heart-wrenching journey of self-discovery. The depth and complexity of Ella grows on each page, and I soon found myself immersed in her personal struggle. She is so fully developed that her seemingly unbelievable choice is not only believable, but completely understandable." -Scott Blagden, author of Dear Life, You Suck"Trisha Leaver crafts a powerful and unputdownable novel that will keep you up long after you read the last page. Full of twists and turns and FEELS, this book questions how far a person will go for her family . . . even if it means losing herself." -Lynne Matson, author of Nil"Haunting and beautiful, The Secrets We Keep, is a gripping, evocative examination of siblings' complex relationships. It compels us to question what we know, or think we know, about our loved ones and--most of all--ourselves." -Karen Rock, author of the Camp Boyfriend series"The emotional content will feel palpably real...This story may make readers living in the shadow of more popular siblings reexamine the true nature of their position." -BCCB