Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Keeping You A Secret by Julie Anne Peters
Holland Jaeger is in her last semester of high school. She seems to have everything: a loving mother, a boyfriend who can’t get enough of her and a list of colleges to choose from. Holland isn’t happy though. Her mother is constantly pushing her to apply to Ivy League schools and she doesn’t even know what she wants to study yet.
Her boyfriend keeps complaining that they aren’t spending enough time together, but when they are together he wants to do everything except talk. Enter Cece Goddard the new girl at school. Cece is an out and proud lesbian and Holland finds herself drawn to Cece’s confident and outgoing personality.
As Cece and Holland get closer and closer, Holland is forced to examine everything in her life including her own identity. And when she figures out what she wants in life, are her friends and family going to be there to support her?
I really liked this book. I think it represents an honest portrayal of a teen’s quest to find themselves, whether they be gay, straight, or bisexual. It's wonderful as just a straightforward love story. It's also a perfect picture of a high school student who is facing a future for which she has no plans. I think we can all understand that feeling of being pulled in a million different directions, none of which sound like the right one.
I really like Peters writing. It's very honest and open and her characters are easy to love. I also highly recommend Far From Xanadu. Check these out, I don't think you'll be disappointed.