The Secrets We Bury

The Secrets We Bury

by Stacie Ramey

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ISBN-13: 9781492654209
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 819,205
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Stacie Ramey learned to read at a very early age to escape the endless tormenting from her older siblings. She attended the University of Florida where she majored in communication sciences and Penn State where she received a Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology. When she's not writing, she engages in Netflix wars with her children or beats her husband in Scrabble. She lives in Wellington, Florida with her husband, three children, and two rescue dogs.

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The Secrets We Bury 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TheMissCharley More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review. The Secrets We Bury is a unique story of friendship, discovering one’s self, and falling in love. I can honestly say I have never read a book like this one before. The read was super quick and fun to read. I breezed through the chapters and finished the book in two days (while I was busy visiting my sister). The story is simply so pure and deep, full of everything people need to talk about at some point in their lives. Dylan, the main character, struggles to communicate with others due to his sensory dysfunction. His mother wants to send him to a school for psychologically challenged students. Instead, Dylan decides to hike the entire Appalachian Trail until he turns eighteen, when he can make his own decisions. The story is so much more than Dylan’s sensory dysfunction. Dylan is figuring out how to live his life on his own while interacting with others outside of his small circle of family and friends. And he does all of this while hiking in the middle of the wilderness. While Dylan was the main character, every character that came into the story had a purpose throughout it all. I think each character really got their time of depth and exploration, from the guys at the bar (and later in the story) to Rain Man and Ghost. I fell in love with all of them. They helped Dylan discover who he was and to navigate the trail. Rain Man, a trail vet, and Ghost, a lonely girl, had stories of grief similar to Dylan which really resonated with me. Everyone deals with grief in their own way, healthy or not. Dylan fully dives into his own grief while on the trail which helps those around him. Tackling grief, at any mental stage, is tough. With Dylan’s heightened emotions and senses, it is even tougher. The way his journey was told brilliantly illustrated this. The Secrets We Bury made me want to start planning a hiking trip to the Appalachian Trail even though I have only been hiking a few times in my life. This story also helped me through figuring out my own grief and fall in love with the world around me again. I highly recommend this beautiful story to anyone who loves contemporary, is dealing with grief, or loves nature. And even if you don’t like any of these things, read this book.
TheMissCharley More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review. The Secrets We Bury is a unique story of friendship, discovering one’s self, and falling in love. I can honestly say I have never read a book like this one before. The read was super quick and fun to read. I breezed through the chapters and finished the book in two days (while I was busy visiting my sister). The story is simply so pure and deep, full of everything people need to talk about at some point in their lives. Dylan, the main character, struggles to communicate with others due to his sensory dysfunction. His mother wants to send him to a school for psychologically challenged students. Instead, Dylan decides to hike the entire Appalachian Trail until he turns eighteen, when he can make his own decisions. The story is so much more than Dylan’s sensory dysfunction. Dylan is figuring out how to live his life on his own while interacting with others outside of his small circle of family and friends. And he does all of this while hiking in the middle of the wilderness. While Dylan was the main character, every character that came into the story had a purpose throughout it all. I think each character really got their time of depth and exploration, from the guys at the bar (and later in the story) to Rain Man and Ghost. I fell in love with all of them. They helped Dylan discover who he was and to navigate the trail. Rain Man, a trail vet, and Ghost, a lonely girl, had stories of grief similar to Dylan which really resonated with me. Everyone deals with grief in their own way, healthy or not. Dylan fully dives into his own grief while on the trail which helps those around him. Tackling grief, at any mental stage, is tough. With Dylan’s heightened emotions and senses, it is even tougher. The way his journey was told brilliantly illustrated this. The Secrets We Bury made me want to start planning a hiking trip to the Appalachian Trail even though I have only been hiking a few times in my life. This story also helped me through figuring out my own grief and fall in love with the world around me again. I highly recommend this beautiful story to anyone who loves contemporary, is dealing with grief, or loves nature. And even if you don’t like any of these things, read this book.
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
Going into this I didn't know what to expect. I hadn't read anything by Stacie before, and there hadn't been too much buzz about The Secrets We Bury. However, given the setting (the Appalachian Trail!) and the mention of secrets, I decided to give it a try. As it turns out, I'm SO GLAD I did because The Secrets We Bury blew me away! I loved this book way more than I had anticipated, and I'm now on a mission to read all of Stacie's past books. The Secrets We Bury introduces Dylan, an almost eighteen-year-old who's on the run from his family, his past, and his problems. From the first page Dylan's voice grabbed me. It was refreshing as well as unique, and I appreciated the bluntness, honesty, and care conveyed through it. As the book progresses, we learn that Dylan has Sensory Processing Disorder, which affects the way in which he responds to his environment, because of his diagnosis, Dylan has never felt completely at peace with the world around him. He knows he sometimes he says and does the wrong thing, that sometimes he lets his emotions get the best of him, but he can't help it, and now that he's suffering from a major loss, Dylan doesn't know what to do but run away from it all. I thought that Stacie did a fantastic job of developing Dylan's diagnosis. I could understand why he acted the way he did, and why he felt the need to run. What I loved even more, however, was how much the Appalachian Trail challenged and eventually changed him. Dylan's journey gave him a sense of purpose, especially when it came to protecting his two newest friends as well as surviving on his own. I think anyone will be able to relate to Dylan's coming-of-age, of finding a home in an unexpected place. I know I did. Additionally, I loved seeing Dylan's relationships with The Ghost and Rainman develop over the course of the book. The relationships brought layers of emotion to the book that made it what it was. Without The Ghost and Rainman, I don't think this book would be nearly as fantastic. The Secrets We Bury contains a relatively cut-and-dry plot. It's character driven rather than action driven; however, never once did I feel bored or in need of excitement, because I was just so fascinated, so committed to the characters and their stories. The setting especially worked well here. Stacie did a fantastic job of bringing it to life. She also brought so many aspects of hiking/camping culture that I had no idea about. I especially liked seeing the sense of community that came with the Trail. They were one big family - not always a happy one, but a caring one for sure. And yet again, I - a person who outright despises camping - want to go camping now because of a book. As mentioned before, this book focuses a lot on self growth. There was a slight mystery to be had within this, as it wasn't crystal clear what exactly was making Dylan run. That aspect kept me especially hooked. I had my theories, and I was dying to know the truth. I also appreciated that while there was a romance, it wasn't a huge part of the book. I think it made it all the more sweater when something romance related did occur. Highly moving as well as beautifully written, Stacie Ramey has a quiet yet strong story to be found within The Secrets We Bury.