Title: The Secrets We Keep
Author: Trisha Leaver
Date Started: May 12
Date Finished: May 13
Format: Hardcover from local library
Ella and Maddy are identical twins. They’ve been best friends since birth and have impersonating the other down to a science. So much so that they even do it in each other’s classes when the other needs help. But when they start at a new school as sophomores, Ella is pushed away by Maddy as she joins the popular crowd and leaves her sister to the anime nerds. A few years later, Ella is still bitter about being pushed to the side, especially because her new friends aren’t all they are cracked to be. So, when Maddy calls and asks for her to pick her up from a party that she wasn’t supposed to go to, Ella isn’t all that happy. She doesn’t get any happier when she realizes that Maddy is in a fight with not only her boyfriend but her best friend and she refuses to tell Ella about what the fight was about. They have it out and Ella tries to pull the car over so that they can properly fight without fear of getting into an accident, when the worst happens.
The car goes off the road, into a cement divider and then a tree. Ella wakes up in the hospital with no memory of what happened, let alone memory of who she is. Her family tells her that she is Maddy and that her sister Ella died. But when she sees the body, she knows that she isn’t Maddy. She’s Ella, but she will keep pretending to be her sister because that’s who everyone wanted to live and since she did kill her sister it is the least she can do. But sometimes things don’t go according to plan, especially when Ella learns that the stellar life that her sister was living was rived with secrets.
After the craziness of reading Identical, I have issues with reading books with identical twins. I feel like there is a mind game about to happen within the pages, and I was half expecting that with The Secrets We Keep. Luckily, I didn’t get one. This book was pretty much cut and dry. Ella, the less popular sister, lives while Maddy, the popular one dies. But the family thinks it’s the other way around, which is pretty much my big problem with this book. Now, I’m not a scientist or doctor, but don’t they usually perform some sort of DNA test during an autopsy? Or, is that only in cases where they don’t know who the victim is? Because honestly, if they do do that, 294 pages of crazy The Parent Trap would not have happened.
I liked Ella when the book started, but by the moment she decided to be her sister Maddy, I was kind of done with her. I was even more done with her when Josh – her best friend/guy she has a crush on (don’t even get me started on THAT plot point) – figures out the truth. Also, the secret that Maddy was keeping this whole time, was kind of tame. I was thinking murder or something, not accidentally drugging someone the day before a surprise drug test.
Final Rating: 2 out of 5 stars. I think there was a good story in there somewhere. I mean, Josh was great. The character of Molly was great. But the other characters and the plot was just hair pulling out crazy.
Bookshelf worthy? Pass.