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The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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.

Goodreads Summary

The idea behind this premise is extremely intriguing. If you were posed with the option to take over the life of your identical twin, would you? What if they lead a better life than you, with better friends, and a better overall outlook for the future. The answer is that it is wrong and no one should ever do it. That doesn't mean that Ella wouldn't give it a try.

It was interesting to see the issues that arise in attempting to pull off a feat of stolen identity. Even if you look like the person, walk like them, and talk like them, you will never completely understand what it was like to be in their head. You won't know the things that they knew that no one else knew. Its a scary thought but one that keeps this book entertaining and exciting all the way through. I liked the awkwardness of a typically unpopular girl trying to live the life of a social butterfly always seeking to be on the top.You will have to read to find out if she comes clean or sticks to her mask.

3.5 Stars

Reviewed by Chris

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