Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Book Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 304
Synopsis: A girl takes over her twin sister's identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.
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.
I bought The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver from Barnes & Noble and this is my honest review.
The Secrets We Keep is about two twin sisters who get into a tragic accident. The more popular sister Maddie dies in the accident. When Ella wakes up in the hospital she is at first confused as to who she is, but then she recognizes Alex her sisters boyfriend. Alex of course is under the impression that Ella his Maddie. He does his best to soothe her, and soon Ella makes the decision that losing Maddie would hurt a lot more people than it would hurt to lose her. With that in mind she chooses to pretend to be Maddie for their sake. The only person she forgets to think about is, her best friend Josh…
This book was short but very interesting. I could not put it down for one minute. As the pages flew by I found myself getting sort of annoyed with “Maddie” the whole time I just wanted her to tell someone at least Josh but ya know you can’t get everything you want! The emotions strewn throughout the book were incredible! The fact that I felt for every single one of these characters, even the dog! Makes up for the fact that I was upset with Ella for not telling everyone who she really was.
I also enjoyed the parts of the book where Ella was trying to figure out what had happened between Maddy and her best friend. Ella wanted to fix whatever it was or in the very least find out what had happened so she could deal with it. Honestly I cannot say anything bad about this book I pretty much loved it too pieces. It had a good mix of drama/action as well as sadness and emotion. It very much deserved 5 stars!