Keeping You a Secret

Keeping You a Secret

by Julie Anne Peters
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Keeping You a Secret 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 410 reviews.
Diana Adorno-Cruz More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, my only problem was the ending. It leaves you wanting more! I feel like she left us hanging in limbo. Is there a sequel? If not she should really write one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously i want to know but dont have money...
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.

Holland must learn what's really important in life, that it's not about being popular but about being true to yourself. As she loses old friends she gains new ones in the gay and lesbian community, and forms a bond with Cece that is beyond her wildest expectations.

KEEPING YOU A SECRET is a great, emotional read, pefect for anyone questioning their sexuality or their place in the world. A truly recommended read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's an amazing story . . . I have never read a book so fast in my life. I couldn't put it down . . .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It interesting to read the struggles of a young woman questioning her sexuality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book at least 6 times since I was 16. One of my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first LGBTQ+ book I have ever read and.. being recently taking the first few steps out of the closet, I found a lot of myself in Holland. I saw myself, my fears, desires, the longing to know what it's like to be with someone who really loves you unconditionally. I highly recommend it for anyone who's out or in the closet or none of the above. Wonderful story, great pace and a definite 'Must Read'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. It really made me think and appreciate about the people who are close to me and how they understood what I was and was I was going through.
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saze_says More than 1 year ago
this book was incredibly relate able as well as entertaining 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I came across this book and figured I'd give it a chance. This story was not what I thought it would be but turned out to be so much more.  I couldn't imagine being in Holland's position. I think at any age it's hard to discover who we are and to be accept but to be judge for who  you are and who you love only makes its harder.I could see this book being helpful to others. Truly amazing story! Don't let other define  you.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put it down. Finished in a day and a half. I was SUPER SAD. You would love iy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've reread this book probably over 5 times. It is beyond a great read and I'm si glad it was recommended to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a relatable book. I loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First read this book as a teen in high school and it touched me so much! I would definitely recommend this to those who are gay, bisexual confused or even those who are straight. It changes your perspective in a positive way
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved keeping you a secret. It was an amazing and the only thing i disliked was the ending. I wished it could have gone one forever, but books can't. There is a great piece of advice from the book that I want to make sure people notice: Don't let people write a script for your life. Live your own life an make your own decisions.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book tells a funny, sometimes sad, and very honest story about what it feels like to suddenly have your world change after meeting someone. It is the best YA lesbian story I have read and I highly recommend it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 While the writing isn't particularly sophisticated, what it lacks in elegantly written prose it more than makes up for in content. Speaking as a young queer woman with a closeted partner, I don't think I've ever related so much to a novel, and I've read quite a bit of queer literature as well. Never has a book so accurately captured the fear that comes with being queer, and the bravery of those who choose to be out. Few realize that you don't just come out once, you come out every day of your life. The book tackles coming out to yourself, coming out to your family, the reality of homelessness for queer youth, hate crimes, and everything that is actually a reality of being queer today. Overall a very impactful read. I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first time I read this book, I simply could not put it down. I felt as if Ms. Peters had modeled Holland after me, the exception being that I hadn't (and still haven't) found my CeCe. This story touched my soul and I continually reread it, hoping that I'll stumble upon a love like this. I only regret that there is no sequel.
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