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Book Review – Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala

Tell me a secret, and I’ll tell you one…

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.

Then two lines on a pregnancy test confirm her worst fears. Stripped of her former life, Miranda 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.

TELL ME A SECRET has captured teens and adults in search of a can’t-put-it-down story of sisters, secrets, and ultimately hope. There is much to discuss among generations about family dynamics, tragedy, shared memories-and the healing power of forgiveness.


HarperCollins/HarperTeen, June 2010

Young Adult, 14 and up

304 pages

$16.99 suggested retail

Two-chapter sample, featured at Hunger Mountain, the Vermont College of Fine Arts journal: https://www.hungermtn.org/tell-me-a-secret/

Press and Reviews: https://www.hollycupala.com/2010/06/praise-for-tell-me-secret.html


Holly Cupala wrote teen romance novels before she ever actually experienced teen romance. When she did, it became all about tragic poetry and slightly less tragic novels. When she isn’t writing and contributing to readergirlz, she spends time with her husband and daughter in Seattle, Washington.

These days, her writing is less about tragedy and more about hope. TELL ME A SECRET is her first novel. Ten percent of the author’s proceeds go toward World Vision’s Hope for Sexually Exploited Girls. For more about Holly, please see https://www.hollycupala.com


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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