My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Tell me a secret, and I'll tell you one…
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.
Then two lines on a pregnancy test confirm her worst fears. Stripped of her former life, Miranda 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.
WHAT I THINK:
FINALLY DONE! What an EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER journey it has been! Whew! After losing myself in this book, crying my heart out, my ripped and crashed 4-chambered heart is now recovering. The ending whipped up in a nice way. The story kinda reminded me of the 5 stages of grieving. Denial. Anger. Bargaining. Depression. Acceptance. Though the story didn’t go through all of it, but the thought is that.
Rand (Mandy) lived up to her late sister Xanda’s shadow, when she was a live and still after her death. Five years after her sister’s death, she still hasn’t gotten over it. Causing all her relationships with people around her to mess up. I think it’s kind of true that these things happen (especially now, many teenagers get pregnant). She was caught up with her mother’s fake facade plasticness, her father being under her mom’s wing, her trying to be Xanda and Delaney..she getting pregnant. Her pregnancy was wrapped up in depression. She was ALONE. Relying on her fellow mother-to-be online friends and herself. When finally she came around (Andre helped, i think) and started to build up courage and face the truth, that her supposed-to-be friend is the one messing her life (well, most of what’s happening to her in the present, that is), her baby wants to come out. An emotional wreckage, we might call her, but because she came through because of FORGIVENESS. It did a LOT to her and her mom. Turned out she was more like her mom (in attitude and life pattern). It was such an eye-opener for her. That somehow, because of her attitude blaming others and pretentions (to be like Xanda,and forming her own image of Kamran after Andre). The end was really good, lots of RESOLVED issues. With her BFF Essence, her Mom and Dad
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