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This week’s Bookanista love features the following:


Now, on to today’s bookish love: Holly Cupala’s TELL ME A SECRET.

Release Date: June 22, 2010

Basic Blurb: (from Amazon)

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.



Dude – isn’t it beautiful! Seriously love this cover!





Fav Line:

Actually, it’s a paragrpah…the opening paragraph. I dare you not to be hooked!

It’s tough living in the shadow of a dead girl. It’s like living at the foot of a mountain blocking out the sun, and no one ever thinks to say “Damn, that mountain is big.” Or, “Wonder what’s on the other side?” It’s just something we live with, so big we hardly notice it’s there. Not even when it’s crushing us under its terrible weight.

Why I liked it:

This book took a realistic look at the kinds of dilemmas teens find themselves in and the issues facing all of us as we mature and discover how to be ourselves. I loved her treatment of the main character, the tenderness, angst, fear, and strength she wove into the character.  The central themes of loss, love, forgiveness and redemption were as poignant as they were authentic. And her writing – beautiful! An excellent debut. Great job Holly!

Where you can find it:

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Come back next week for more great new release celebrations. And remember, books are definitely the new black!


7 thoughts on “Bookanista Book Love: Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala

  1. I must read this! It looks like one of those books I’d want to read in bed with a cup of tea and a mountain of sugary sweets and an afghan. Plus, Holly was so sweet and kind when I met her. Now I’m dying to dive into this.

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