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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Audio book review: Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala

Publisher: octopuppy productions; 1ST edition (2010)
Language: English
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It's tough living in the shadow of a dead girl. . . .
In the five years since her bad-girl sister Xanda's death, Miranda Mathison has wondered about the secret her sister took to the grave, and what really happened the night she died. Now, just as Miranda is on the cusp of her dreams-a best friend to unlock her sister's world, a ticket to art school, and a boyfriend to fly her away from it all-Miranda has a secret all her own.
When two lines on a pregnancy test confirm her worst fears, Miranda is stripped of her former life. She must make a choice with tremendous consequences and finally face her sister's demons and her own.
In this powerful debut novel, stunning new talent Holly Cupala illuminates the dark struggle of a girl who must let go of her past to find a way into her own future.

I absolutely loved Tell Me a Secret!
I have yet to read the actual book, but it's kind of hard to imagine reading it, any other way than on audio. I thought the audio was great. The narrator, Jenna Larnia, did a fantastic job of doing all of the voices.
It always annoys me whenever I am listening to a book that is supposed to be from a 17 year olds' perspective, and yet the reader makes her sound 30. Jenna Larnia on the other hand, did Miranda's, all her friends (including boys), and her moms voice perfectly. To me, if the narrator does a good job, it helps me imagine the story so much better. If I'm annoyed by the narrator, I'm also annoyed by the characters. Which sucks. Because I don't feel like that's fair. But listening to this wonderfully narrated audiobook makes me want to read the actual book as well! I obviously don't have any experience in the whole pregnancy department, but reading Tell Me a Secret kind of pulled me into the mind of someone my age who is pregnant. The entire time I was listening to it I kept thinking about how I would handle that situation.

Miranda is an incredibly strong and brave character. Tell Me a Secret reminded me a lot of Juno (minus the quirky humor) except it brought it up ten levels and challenged me to think more about the situation than watching a movie. There were so many times during the story where I wanted to cry for Miranda. I fell in love with her character while reading the book and I wanted to be her best friend. I highly recommend this audiobook! Listen to it, read it, whatever, just devour and love it like I did!

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