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Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters

Keeping You a Secret (2003)

by Julie Anne Peters

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Lo ame de principio a fin . ( )
  LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
"Megan Tingley books."
  Bookman1954 | Feb 17, 2015 |
I personally hated this book. I think some of it was I just couldn't relate. But also it was too typical. The girls were basically stalkers and the one was a cheater. I have nothing against gays but I don't like reading this type of book. Not my style. ( )
  AngelaRenea | May 12, 2014 |
After reading this book, the hype around it has me perplexed. I was expecting a poignant coming of age tale about sexual identity, but just hours after finishing the book the story and characters are fading from my memory. The writing is juvenile, like something that should have been kept in a journal, and the characters are so stock and one-dimensional that empathy for them is hard to muster. You have the popular girl, the fiercely out lesbian, and a laughable "Goth" stepsister who is used to associate the subculture erroneously with Columbine and disparage it completely.

No one in the story really develops or grows as a character besides the main character realizing she's a lesbian, but that's a given. You would expect more from a young adult novel so often compared to Nancy Garden's wonderful book Annie on My Mind, but perhaps such a comparison only arises because this subject matter is a glaring void in young adult fiction. This book does little to help that. ( )
  poetontheone | Jan 21, 2014 |
"They got it wrong when they called it 'the closet.' This was a prison. Solitary confinement. I was locked inside, inside myself, dark and afraid and alone." (p. 213)

Keeping You a Secret is a good young adult novel about coming out - the joys and the dangers and how necessary it is to be true to yourself.

Holland is a high school senior feeling pressured by her mom into choosing what university she will go to. She has a boyfriend, Seth, but she doesn't really connect with him and clearly doesn't enjoy the sex she is having with him. She has friends but she feels disconnected from them, and she's taking a lot of classes but the only one that she seems to enjoy is art - a waste of time, according to her mother.

Then Holland meets the new girl at her school - beautiful, confident, out-and-proud lesbian Cece. Holland finds herself obsessed with Cece without fully understanding her feelings for the other girl. When she finally acknowledges her feelings and her desires, she is confused when Cece makes her promise not to come out as a lesbian - she is worried for Holland's safety and other, more personal reasons that become revealed later. Holland feels terribly conflicted about keeping the secret, she wants to come out to her friends and be true to herself. But even without officially "coming out" people start to learn about Holland, and she faces things she never had to before - bullying, name calling, friends turning on her and most heartbreaking of all, her own mother kicks her out of the house.

I thought the first half of the novel was slow-going, but by the half-ways through point things really picked up. When Holland's mother kicked her out it broke my heart, but I really loved seeing how Holland preserved, stayed true to herself and managed to find her own way (with Cece's help) to continue on in her new life.

Also, I really, really liked Holland's stepsister, Faith, a fifteen year old goth girl who doesn't get on well with Holland's mom, either. At first Holland views Faith as some kind of freak and doesn't give her a chance. I really liked seeing, over the course of the novel, how Holland came to change her views on her stepsister and how their relationship grows.

All in all, a good read. When the story ended, I wasn't ready to say goodbye to the characters. Will be looking for more books by this author. ( )
  catfantastic | Aug 31, 2013 |
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With a steady boyfriend, the position of Student Council President, and a chance to go to an Ivy League college, high school life is just fine for Holland Jaeger. At least it seems to be. But when Cece Goddard comes to school, everything changes. Cece and Holland have undeniable feelings for each other, but how will others react to their developing relationship? This moving love story between two girls is a worthy successor to Nancy Garden's classic young adult coming out novel, Annie on My Mind. With her characteristic humor and breezy style, Peters has captured the compelling emotions of young love.

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As she begins a very tough last semester of high school, Holland finds herself puzzled about her future and intrigued by a transfer student who wants to start a Lesbigay club at school.

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