Monday, December 14, 2015
The Secrets We Keep, by Trisha Leaver
Leaver goes through great pains to explain how the story is even remotely plausible, but I think that misses the point. While this novel is a fairly pedestrian high school drama, full of mean girls and jealous plots, it has a more interesting parallel track. In this higher story, Ella's struggle to be her sister becomes a means to grieve for her, moving beyond both her childhood love and her adolescent jealousy to achieve a mature acceptance. Seen in this light, the story (while still predictable) is quite clever and original.