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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

REVIEW: The Secrets Between You and Me by Shana Norris

*Disclaimer: I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a review.*

Seventeen year old Hannah's life is a mess.  Her father is in rehab after a nasty overdose on pain medication and her in denial alcoholic mother is jet setting around Paris, leaving Hannah alone to travel to Asheville, NC to visit her aunt.  Hannah is at a crossroads. She is tired of living up to her parents' high expectations, yet she still feels unsure of who she wants to be.  This summer is the opportunity for a fresh start.  The events that transpire over these few months have a profound impact on Hannah's future.

I enjoyed this book, especially since I am a fan of the new adult genre. This book artfully bridges the gap between traditional YA realistic fiction with a romantic flair while moving toward the new adult genre.  Both Hannah and her love interest, Jude, each have their fair share of baggage and secrets. Jude is still reeling from the death of his older brother by a roadside explosion in Afghanistan.  Readers will be enthralled by the way in which Hannah and Jude bond over their family lives in shambles.  In a typical romantic trope, Hannah's inability to divulge her secrets puts her friendship and budding romance with Jude in jeopardy.

This is a quick read for fans of realistic YA fiction with PG-13 romantic situations.  I would definitely recommend this to readers who enjoy books by Katie McGarry and Sarah Dessen.