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Keeping You A Secret [Paperback]

Julie Anne Peters
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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4 Sep 2008
This is a moving love story between two girls in high school. Written in Peters's trademark breezy, humorous style with a layer of deep feeling just beneath the surface, this is a worthy successor to Nancy Garden's classic young adult coming out novel, Annie on My Mind.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Children; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (4 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316009857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316009850
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I never wanted to be an author, but sometimes your journey in life takes you to unexpected destinations. Currently, I've published 17 books for young adults and children. My YA novel, LUNA, was a National Book Award finalist, a Colorado Book Award winner, and an American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults. My other books include DEFINE "NORMAL," KEEPING YOU A SECRET, BETWEEN MOM AND JO, and RAGE: A LOVE STORY. My newest YA novel is BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, I'LL BE DEAD. I'm a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Pen America, the Authors Guild, and the Colorado Authors' League. I live in Wheat Ridge, Colorado with my partner, Sherri Leggett, and our bevy of cats and foster kittens. More information about me and my books can be found on my website at: www.JulieAnnePeters.com

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Book Description

A moving love story with a 'coming out' theme - now in a redesigned paperback.

About the Author

Julie Anne Peters is the critically acclaimed author of Define 'Normal', Between Mom and Jo, Far from Xanadu, and Luna, a National Book Award Finalist.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 14 Oct 2006
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The second book I've read by Julie Anne Peters, KEEPING YOU A SECRET is another sure-fire winner about the highs and lows of first love, the terror and joy of "coming out", and the good and the bad that is the thing called family.

Holland Jaeger is the "It" girl everyone envies--she has great friends, she's President of the Student Body, she's the girlfriend of Seth, she's the popular girl who can be counted on to always get along with everyone. That is, until Cece Goddard transfers in, and Holland's once-perfect life no longer seems so great.

The first time she sees Cece, Holland feels something that she's never felt before. Although sexually active with her boyfriend, Seth, having sex is more like a chore--she'd much rather sit around talking, the way they used to do when they were friends rather than lovers. As Cece flaunts her homosexuality, wearing shirts proclaiming herself out and proud, Holland wonders what it means when her attraction to Cece becomes almost an obsession.

College looms on the horizon and no one, especially her mother, will quit asking her where she's going. They have big plans for her, you see, both her mother, who became a single parent way too young, Seth, and the career counselor at her school. Forced into a role she doesn't want, Holland escapes into her art class, drawing away from her former friends as feelings and emotions she can't control rush to the surface.

As Holland realizes that she is, in fact, a lesbian, her perfect life is suddenly out of control. She's shunned by her former friends at school, her mother kicks her out of the house, she's forced to live in a run-down motel that's now a shelter, and she's not sure she'll be able to attend college at all.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant story about coming out and love! 12 Aug 2009
Format:Library Binding
This is one of the first books I have read concerning questioning sexuality and it is excellent! Holland is a character that you can really relate to. The story has sad parts about being accepted for who are and standing up for yourself. Although it also gives a thrill when reading about how the two girls fall in love and support each other. A must read if you've in question yourself or just enjoy a good love story!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Massive letdown 30 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was a huge disappointment, I stayed up for ages trying to read this, desperate to claw an ounce of enthusiasm or excitement that I thought eventually it may muster! How wrong was I? Well, in fact, very.

If you're just coming out and freaked out by lesbian sex, then this is the book for you, because there isn't any! Expect lots of hand-holding and sweetness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A winner for all teens 17 Oct 2008
Format:Paperback
I've just finished this book, and I believe this book would appeal to anyone who is struggling with who they are or their sexuality, it brings many topics and views to the front of your mind while you are reading and gives you a good few things to think about once you've finished!

Im not American and I do find that most books like this make me think that most American High Schools are filled with very bigoted, prejudiced people, I went to a C of E School and I didnt receive this sort of stigma in my school. I do understand, however, that many places are different in their stance on gay/bi/lesbian sexuality and can probably relate to many young peoples experiences and situations around the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars And..?! 8 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed the beginning of this book but then, it lost its way. When I realised I'd read the last page I felt I'd wasted a day of my holiday by reading it. It just ends! Not much of a story at all, I'm afraid.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeping You a Secret 17 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback
A wonderful book, not knowing what the plot was about at all I began reading with no expectations, i was plesently suprised. The novela shows a young woman discovering herself and her first true love. A brilliant insight into a difficult and sometimes controversial subject. A good read and very thought provoking.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not so bad 10 Jun 2014
By Diana
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thought the book was well written and the story was we put, however the ending did not make sense. I don't know, maybe a better endings would have been better. I just did not like the end, maybe it is realistic, but it s doesn't make sense what happened to Holland. Did she go to metro urban? Etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 7 Jun 2014
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This book is such a great read. Character's are very likeable. Could not put this book down it was brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such a good read,.realy enjoyed the story line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping you a secret by Julie Anne Peters
Brilliant read it in one sitting whilst in bed with flu. Going to download another. Ali Broughty Ferry x x
Published 4 months ago by Unknown
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely written
Well written and contained gentle desire between two women, that grew into a lovely relationship. But as in life many things don't last forever. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle
Amazing love story! I can't get this outta my mind since I finished this book. Highly recommended for people who struggles of coming out.
Published 6 months ago by Bryony
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written
This book was one of those I didn't want to put down.
It gave me an insight into coming out to parents that are not so accepting. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Faye_Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book to read
Excellent book enjoyed every bit of it, would like so more like this book. A book that i can relate too
Published 6 months ago by kylie woodward
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Enjoyed reading would recommend it. Good story, well written. Easy to read
Really felt I got to know the characters. 😃
Published 8 months ago by lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars A Romance with a differance
Really enjoyed this read. A good drawn out story where the main characters are believable. Writers need to be aware that some of us do not know how the American eduction system... Read more
Published 9 months ago by David Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
this book is a very good read. I read it all in about two days, and found it quite hard to put down. Read more
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