title: The Truth About Keeping Secrets
author: Savannah Brown
release date: March 7, 2020
publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
genres: Contemporary ya fiction, lgbt, mystery
I received a digital arc of this title in exchange for an honest review.
The Truth About Keeping Secrets was a powerful novel about loss. Loss of a parent, loss of friendship, loss of self. But also in these pages, we see an incredible amount of growth and vindication.
Sydney Whitaker has just lost her father. She and her best friend don’t seem to have anything in common anymore. And on top of that, she is getting hateful messages from an anonymous person, alluding that her father’s death wasn’t an accident. Those concerns mixed with the paranoia that someone is watching her propels Sydney into a mess of isolation and fear. Her best friend isn’t really there for her and her mother refuses to believe her, so Sydney turns to the most unexpected person, June Copeland. The popular and seemingly cold and distant June turns up at her father’s funeral and at his grave sight and Sydney needs to know why. When the two strike up an unlikely friendship, Sydney’s life changes completely, becoming all about this girl.
I liked this and thought that it was written beautifully. Loss isn’t beautiful. It is dirty and messy and she demonstrated that well. Aside from that, what teenager doesn’t feel like nothing is in their control? Mix in the total loss of normalcy when that person loses an integral part of their life? Chaos! I felt it in these pages. I felt Sydney’s fear and fixation. I felt her isolation, and through all of that, I felt her possibility of new love and how that can completely consume you.
Well done Savannah Brown. Well done for creating such a web of intrigue and secrets. Picking through them was an intense journey.