Keeping You A Secret

Keeping You A Secret

3.94 (35,225 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.94 (35,225 ratings by Goodreads)
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Why fall in love if you have to keep it a secret? With a steady boyfriend, the position of Student Council President and a chance to go to an Ivy League college, high school life is just fine for Holland Jaeger. That is until Cece Goddard comes to school...Cece and Holland develop undeniable feelings for one another, but how will others react to their burgeoning relationship? This moving love story between two girls is the worthy successor to Nancy Garden's classic coming out novel, Annie on my Mind. With Peter's usual humour and breezy style this is a compelling read.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 209 x 139 x 19.3mm | 244g
  • Little, Brown Young Readers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0
  • 0316009857
  • 9780316009850
  • 38,151

About Julie Ann Peters

Julie Anne Peters is the critically acclaimed author of Define 'Normal', Between Mom and Jo, Far from Xanadu, and Luna, a National Book Award Finalist.
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Rating details

35,225 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
5 40% (14,106)
4 28% (9,884)
3 21% (7,519)
2 7% (2,521)
1 3% (1,195)

Our customer reviews

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, perfect for anyone questioning their sexuality or their place in the world. A truly recommended more
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