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Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters
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Jan 27, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: glbtq-books, young-adult-books

Reading through the YA fiction available for GLBTQ readers has been a somewhat disappointing experience. I would really give book this book 2.5 stars because there are some things the book does right, but really I can only classify it as "okay."

While the topic in this book is really important, I would love to see it handled by a truly skilled writer such as Laurie Halse Anderson. The writing in Keeping You a Secret is just not that great and I'm sorry that GLBTQ YA lit often seems to fall into this category. I imagine readers are so desperate to see themselves reflected in the literature, that books like this are given a lot more credit than they deserve.

What the book does wrong: unrealistic/flat characterizations, a jerky start that left me a bit confused and questioning whether I wanted to read on and terribly corny slang. I actually wrote down a list of offending phrases that I doubt have ever been uttered by the lips of a high school senior (except perhaps in an ironic way) including: "wastoid, goon, shudder city, no way - way!, shiver city, and hangdog."

I checked the copyright date, preparing to excuse Peters for the silly expressions. However, it was published in 2003 so there really is no good explanation.
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Lauren i totally agree. i was a high school senior in 2003 just coming out myself, and i can honestly say none of those expressions even crossed my mind. ugh.

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