This Is What I Want to Tell You

This Is What I Want to Tell You

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by Heather Duffy Stone
     
 

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"Intense and lyrical, Heather Duffy Stone's story about transformations wrenches the heart and then puts it back together again, stronger and better for having read this book."—Carrie Jones, author of Need

Friendship,

love,

and unexpected secrets


Nadio and his twin sister, Noelle, always had a unique bond. And

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"Intense and lyrical, Heather Duffy Stone's story about transformations wrenches the heart and then puts it back together again, stronger and better for having read this book."—Carrie Jones, author of Need

Friendship,

love,

and unexpected secrets


Nadio and his twin sister, Noelle, always had a unique bond. And somehow, Keeley Shipley fit perfectly into their world. But when Keeley spends the summer in England, she comes home changed, haunted by a dark memory. As she and Nadio fall in love, they try to hide it from Noelle, who's jealously guarding a secret of her own. Slowly, a life-long friendship begins to crack under the crushing weight of past trauma, guarded secrets, jealousy, obsession . . . and an unexpected love that could destroy them.

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Publishers Weekly

This compelling first novel is structured as a confessional, with 15-year-old Noelle and her twin brother, Nadio, alternately telling their sides of a story. When their best friend, Keeley, returns from a summer abroad, the twins view her differently. Noelle has become resentful of the opportunities awarded to her wealthier, strikingly beautiful friend; Nadio now finds himself attracted to Keely. He and Keely soon become involved in a secret romance while Noelle strikes up an unlikely relationship with archetypal-bad-boy Parker, a cook she meets at a party. The story's appeal lies mainly in its unveiling of secrets, but Stone also offers insight into feelings of jealousy and lust. Noelle's growing bitterness is clearly defined, as is Nadio's chilling realization that he possesses the same "animal instinct" as a boy who sexually assaulted Keely in England ("Just for one second, I knew what he felt like. That's the part I can't get rid of"). Readers will likely guess that poor judgments made by both siblings will lead to explosive confrontations, but that won't lessen the story's dramatic impact. Ages 14-up. (Mar.)

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Kirkus Reviews
Twins Nadio and Noelle have always shared a close bond, but part of what held them together, their friend Keeley, now keeps them apart. When Keeley returns from a summer abroad, both Noelle and Nadio are forced to redefine their relationships with each other and with their friend. Told in alternating chapters from the point of view of each twin, this story reveals the destructive secrets that each harbors and the redemptive power of their love for one another. The voices of the two main characters are regrettably indistinguishable, making the switch between perspectives distracting. Ultimately Noelle's story becomes much more powerful than Nadio's, overshadowing it to the point that his chapters serve only as an alternate point of view for her tale. The lack of traditional punctuation for dialogue only furthers the disconnect. However, while its execution is flawed, the story is powerful and engaging and worthy of attention. (Fiction. 12 & up)

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ISBN-13:
9780738714509
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
03/08/2009
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,479,299
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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