August 23, 2009

This is What I Want toTell You - Heather Duffy Stone

Young Adult
Pages: 240
Publisher: Flux
Release Date: March 1, 2009

Friendship, love, and unexpected secrets

Nadio and his twin sister, Noelle, always had a unique bond. And somehow, Keeley Shipley fit perfectly into their world. But when Keeley spends the summer in England, she comes home changed, haunted by a dark memory. As she and Nadio fall in love, they try to hide it from Noelle, who's jealously guarding a secret of her own. Slowly, a life-long friendship begins to crack under the crushing weight of past trauma, guarded secrets, jealousy, obsession . . . and an unexpected love that could destroy them.

This book was really interesting. It really explores the confusion we feel in our teen years and the problem with the secrets we keep in moments of confusion. I really enjoyed reading from Nadio's point of view, he was private, mysterious and fascinating. The story got to me because they were all so confused and uncertain, that I could relate. And we all tend to keep things inside us, unsaid.

The writing was different, that felt nice. She uses dialog in an interesting way, but it did feel confusing at times. The plot was easy, it's a really short read. The characters were good, just regular teenagers with crappy problems. I always like books that explore the sibling relationship; in this case, Noelle and Nadio not only are sibling but twins. Which fascinates me.

For some reason I love the cover. It has a lot to do with the book. If you're a confused teenager you should read this or if you enjoy light reads and teen issues this may be a book for you.

1 comment:

  1. I've been meaning to read this. It sounds interesting. Thanks for the review. And I like the cover too. I'm not not sure why, I just do.


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