The Best Kept Secret by Wendi Nunnery
Publisher: Book Fish Books LLC
Publication Date: PB - May 6, 2015 // eBook - June 2, 2015
Format: Paperback - 304 pages
Kindle - 895 KB
ISBN: 978-0986191039ASIN: B00WJFFTJ6
Genre: YA Romance
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a book review program hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
In high school, everyone has their secrets. Even well-brought-up Emma Fraser.
Emma’s sophomore year started out all wrong. First, her best friend Andy confessed to losing his virginity in the back seat of a car, leaving Emma all alone in the V-Club. Then the rest of her friends got weird and, suddenly, Emma found herself feeling like a stranger. Now, struggling to find her new place, Emma wonders if things could get any worse.
When Deegan Burke, a rich, gorgeous senior, asks Emma to be his date for the prom, Emma thinks her luck has begun to change. But rather than being able to celebrate, her whole world starts to unravel. And when secrets that once seemed so innocent start to take a very dangerous turn, Emma discovers that friends are friends no matter what…and some secrets aren’t worth keeping.
My Book Review:
The Best Kept Secret is a compelling coming of age story that will pull at the heartstrings and stir the soul.
Author Wendi Nunnery weaves an emotional tale set in Cley, Georgia, that follows the trials and tribulations of fifteen year old high school sophomore Emma Fraser. This is a story that deals with the drama and angst of the high school years, as Emma discovers that she never really knew everything about her friends. From keeping secrets; to teenage rebellion; to young love; to the dreaded dilemma of being a virgin or going all the way; to the traumatic social issue of bullying and suicide; Emma and her friends embark on a journey where they try to navigate the slippery slope of life's experiences with a mixture of innocence, naivety, confidence, insecurity, fragility, strength, ignorance, maturity, pain, heartbreak, hope, and love.
The teenage years can be like a roller coaster ride where teens can experience the full gamut of emotions. For some it can be the best of times, but for others it can be the most difficult time to get through. The Best Kept Secret deals with a variety of relationships during the teenage years (family, friends, etc), and the cause and effect that the teens are exposed to from these relationships. The story has a mixture of rawness, tenderness, and painful reality that will captivate the reader as Emma and her friends stories unfold. The author keeps the reader engaged and wondering what the best kept secret is until the last quarter of the story, and while it is definitely not an easy story to read, it is a powerful story in which the author thoughtfully delves into the importance and reality of a variety of social issues that teens face. I couldn't help but reflect upon memories of my own teenage years, and like Emma, I could relate to a lot of what she went through. I would strongly encourage parents and teens to read this very relevant story.
The Best Kept Secret is a realistic, down to earth, and emotional coming of age story that will stay with you for a very long time.
RATING: 5 STARS
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