Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Psychological Publication.Date April 28th 2015 Pages: 304 Published By: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Author Trisha Leaver The Secrets We Keep on Goodreads My review copy: Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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The dark pieces of her life are hidden in the back of her closet for no one but me to see. She's not who I thought she was, but that doesn't matter. Maddy was my sister, my twin sister, and I'll do anything for her, including losing myself.
I devoured this book in just one evening. The pages really flew by and once I stared reading I knew there would be no putting this book down and going to sleep until I have finished. Trisha Leaver's writing style is pretty straight-forward and easy to absorb, and yet it is charged with incredible energy. Her writing really pulls you in and the way she navigates the events, slowly revealing all the dark secrets and the character's complex emotions and motivations, it is just so masterful, you can't resists it, you're drawn to this story like a moth to a flame.
There is something utterly mesmerizing about the idea of one twin assuming the identity of the other - a deceased one, in this particular case. It shows love, dedication, the pain of losing someone so incredibly close, and yet I think it also shows deeply buried envy, the feelings of guilt and the longing to be someone else entirely. It's both moving and incredibly creepy.
Maddy was always the popular one - the one who did everything to fit in with the popular crowd. She dressed up, put tons of makeup on, attended all the important social events, dated a popular boy and hung out with the mean girls. Her sister? She is the exact opposite of Maddy. Ella is said to be shy and socially impaired, but in truth she just isn't interested in impressing anyone, she prefers jeans and t-shirts over pretty dresses and high heels. Maddy pretty much shut Ella out of her life. Their relationship was strained. Maddy would only reach out to Ella when she needed her help - a cover story, help with school, a ride back home from a party. But as much as Ella would like to act like she didn't care about all that, she did. Deep inside,she felt hurt and betrayed and used by Maddy.
It was only after Maddy died that Ella began to truly get to know her own sister.. And herself.
I loved this book. It really pulled on my heartstrings. I felt bad for Maddy from the very beginning, her hurt and pain was so obvious, I can't believe no one else noticed it - not her sister, not her parents, not her friend, sometimes not even herself. She always felt like she wasn't good enough, like she wasn't the one who deserved to survive, like she wasn't the one OTHER PEOPLE wanted to see survive. That resulted in the decision to become her twin sister - a decision that couldn't have been easy. It was emotionally riveting to witness Maddy struggle through all these events and deal with the loss of her sister.
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