Review: Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala
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.
Tell Me a Secret is a wonderfully crafted story that was so much more than I expected. The characters are just as complex as the plot, and my emotions were in turmoil while I was reading. Tell Me a Secret made me laugh, cry, and frown in anger at all that was occurring. This is one that I will definitely be re-reading in the future!
Miranda is a quite, sweet, and confused girl who has always looked up to her sister. She is always asking herself “What would Xanda do?” even after her sister is dead. I really felt for all that she had to go through in this novel. I don’t know how I would be able to deal with her life. It seemed as though no one was on her side, and that she was all alone with her pregnancy.
While it is not ideal getting pregnant as a teen, Rand handles it in stride. Her actions are commendable and I was rooting for a happy ending for her. Tell Me a Secret is truly a journey of self discovery for Rand. She has to learn to deal with the consequences of her choices and step out of the shadow of her older sister. This is way more than a novel about teen pregnancy.
Tell Me a Secret is a truly awe-inspiring debut novel from Cupala. I will most definitely be picking up any and all future novels by this author!