to be fair, this book doesnt specifically claim to be like secret history the way so many others do, but one review i read did compare it. it is in no way like secret history - oh wait - its new england and its a school setting. fair enough. it is more like a separate peace, which i have not read, but know all about thanks to greg stahl, king of all spoilers. the book is good; its not chick lit, its that range of womens fiction that is above chick lit but that doesnt quite reach the stellar range where donna tartt and zadie smith live. its like jennifer egan or pam lewis-level. its readable and fun, but didnt rock my world. its worth the time, if you are a quick reader.