Tell Me a Secret

By Holly Cupala

From Goodreads: 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.

Why it’s my type: I don’t know what is was about this book. I’m not sure if I can’t remember because I’ve waited a while since finishing it to write this, or that it just has some unnameable draw. But I couldn’t put it down. I actually read it so quickly that I neglected to mark any pages for my usual ‘standout script,’ even though I remember quite well that the writing is awesome. It’s difficult to explain, even in my head, but Cupala wrote in a way that felt even more than it showed. Or so it seemed to me. And this seemed to be why I felt so immediately tapped into it, emotionally. I wasn’t outside of it, admiring the gorgeous setting; I was in it. The pacing had a personality, the sentence structures were like little poetic puzzle pieces, and you just had to keep moving in order to attempt to figure out the whole, and especially the highly seductive sister Xanda. Which was all kinds of alluring and mysterious.

Recommendation: When I initially chose to pick this up, I thought, this cover purrs: I’m not what you think. And it’s true, this story is much more than its simple synopsis seems. It’s almost like a poetic painting, which depicts something so real and raw its both miserable and beautiful simultaneously.

Published: 2010 by HarperCollins.

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