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The Secrets Between You and Me

(Stolen Kiss #2)

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4 wheels on a rusty truck * 2 gray eyes * 1 secret that could ruin everything...

All Hannah wanted was a summer break from being “perfect Hannah Cohen” and a chance to forget about the devastating family secret that could ruin her seemingly perfect life. So when she takes off for her eccentric aunt’s house in the mountains of North Carolina and everyone makes one big (wro
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ebook, 247 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint
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Lyanna (I need a Herondale in life)
NO
WAY

The Boyfriend Thief has a companion novel?!



But wasn't The Boyfriend Thief published like 3 years ago?

I just checked, it was first published on April 30 2011!!!
4 years ago!!! WHAT
Navessa
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Rule #1: Never lose control. Maintain the image of perfection.

Rule #4: Never ask for help.

Rule #8: If reality isn’t the way you want it to be, create your own.

Rule #12: Never let yourself be surprised. Always have the upper hand.


Imagine this for a second, you’re sixteen again. Your father is a corporate banker with a prescription pill problem and your mother is one of those women you’d expect to find on any of the shows entitled The Real Hous
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Rebecca
Mar 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ya
3.5 Stars

This book was given via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I didn't have many expectations when starting The Secrets Between You and Me. I did not read the other book before this one and don't think I needed to. This story was very complete with out reading the first book in this series.

The Secrets Between You and Me is about Hannah Cohen who is 16, almost 17 and has turned down a trip to Paris with her mom to go spend the summer in Asheville with her aunt. Hannah is the type of
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Elle
Meh. Just an OK read. Nothing extraordinary. I can't even remember the characters names. I'm so unaffected by this book, I don't remember what it was about and I just finished it. A quick read, with reasonably good writing, it falls flat because the story just isn't compelling. I don't care about the characters, what happens to them, or why their lives are so in disarray. It seemed fairly realistic as far as teenage behavior goes, but I wasn't impressed.

I was provided an ARC by NetGalley and th
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Heidi
Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars: A summer filled with growing up and making new rules.
Hannah is happy to escape the pressures of her everyday life, especially after her father's drug overdose. She is opting to spend the summer with her Aunt instead of going to Paris with her mother. Hannah is nearly suffocating from the expectations and rules of her parents. She doesn't expect to meet someone who will help her break free of those rules. Can Hannah find a new beginning for herself and set her own rules?
Wh
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Mandy
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Hannah's life is falling apart. Her dad is in rehab for a pill addiction, her mom can't face reality and took off for Paris and Hannah has gone to stay with her aunt. Her best friend thinks she's in Paris when she's really 5 hours away staying at her aunts house. While at her aunts, she makes some friends but keeps her family situation a secret. Jude suffered an awful loss almost a year ago and Hanna is the first person in a long time that he has opened up to. I really liked a couple things abou ...more
Angela
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Angela by: Navessa
Normally I give DNF (at 63%) books a 1-star rating. I'm conflicted here though. Objectively I know this is worth more. The writing is good, the characterizations are well done, and the relationship has potential.

But I'm just not engaged. I'm not interested, and I really couldn't care less what happens to any of these people.

For a review that tells you why you will probably like this book, check out Litchick's review ;)
Allyson
I purchased the second installment of Shana Norris's Stolen Kiss series during a Kindle book haul on Amazon (spend $20, earn a $5 credit), and could not resist jumping right in. This novel served as a great contrast to the dystopian paperback I am currently trying to get through, and I ended up highly enjoying this contemporary YA romance.

What I Loved:

The Setting:
This novel is set in the mountains of North Carolina in the city of Asheville during the summer. The characters explore The Biltmore
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Rachel (aka Ms4Tune)
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

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My review can also be found on our blog Paein and Ms4Tune

'Sometimes you have to get away to find what you really want.' Loc 1751

A ridiculously cute and fluffy young-adult romance which is perfect for a summer evenings read. It's fast paced with a writing style that has an easy flowing feel and has a lovely coming of age message.

Hannah Cohen is trying to follow the advice of her life-couch an
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mahana
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it
ARC kindly provided by Vook and Netgalley for an honest review.

I was kind of expecting more since the synopsis persuaded me with a read that was fast, adorable and full of adventure but it was more of a dull version of that with slower pacing.

Hannah's sick of the trends and rules her parents have thrust upon her to be perfect. They both expect her to be faultless but this summer she aims to be the opposite to what they want. So with Hannah's father in rehab for a pill problem and alcoholic moth
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Sarah
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Fiction Addiction and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Hannah is going to stay with her aunt for the summer while her mother goes off to vacation in Paris with a friend, and her father is in rehab.
Whilst she’s there Hannah meets Jude – a guy who’s still grieving over his older brother’s recent death.
Together Hannah and Jude try to show each other that there’s more to life than following the rules, and that it’s o
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Katy
May 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
I gave Norris' other books 3-4 stars, and I thought this book was cute enough, but it was just okay.

First of all, this story did NOT go with the plot in The Boyfriend Thief - not really anyway. Honestly, I totally forgot about Zac and Avery until I went back just now. And without having read the first book, you might have thought that Avery stole her best friend's boyfriend. NOT the case. I mean, in hindsight, I GUESS it works, but it's iffy.

I couldn't connect with Hannah. I spent a good deal of
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Jessica
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
http://addictedtonovels.blogspot.ca/

The Rules of You and Me was a really light, quick read but I really enjoyed it. It was very simple yet it still got me wrapped up in the characters and their stories. Even though I haven't read The Boyfriend Thief yet and wasn't familiar with the characters, I didn't feel like I missed anything by not reading the other book. The Rules of You and Me is actually a spin-off type sequel though, just like Katie McGarry's books.

Hannah started out as an uptight, nev
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 Lori (Ficwishes)
Jun 12, 2013 rated it liked it
The Secrets Between You and Me was just ok. I was never really drawn in by either the characters or the story. Both were just sort of mediocre.

I know that the main character, Hannah was supposed to be stiff and picture perfect in the beginning so that we could see her growth throughout the story, but it just made her unlikable. I thought it was unbelievable that other people would want to be around her.

This book had the same elements that many other young adult books have; absent parents, new g
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Deanna Dee
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fun and serious. A great read for realizing what's important in life.

Every time someone said "Hey Jude," I thought of the Beatles song. lol
Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic)
(2.5/5 Cupcakes)

*The quotes that have been used are from the ARC and are subject to change*

When I saw this on Netgalley I thought it sounded sweet and charming, a summer read that would whisk me away to the lands of never-ending sunshine, ice creams and the glowing possibility of summer romance, but, unfortunately this book didn't live up to my heightened expectations. I don't know why my expectations were even heightened because the reviews for this book weren't all too good and I've never read
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Stephanie Ward
'The Secrets Between You and Me' is the endearing second novel in a young adult contemporary romance series. The story follows our leading lady, Hannah, as her life all but crumbles around her. Her picture perfect life is definitely not what it seems and Hannah can't take it anymore. She decides to spend the summer with her crazy aunt in North Carolina, hoping that it will help. Hannah never expects to find true friends or romance over the summer, but it just kind of happens. She meets Ashton an ...more
Sara
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
On the surface, Hannah Cohen's life is pretty perfect. She's smart. She's popular. Her parents have more money than they know what to do with. She has her whole life figured out. But if you take the time to dig a little deeper, you'll find that Hannah is slowly drowning.

"The rules are everything my parents have ever taught me."

Hannah's entire life has been dictated by thirty-two rules set by her mother. Thirty-two rules intended to make Hannah a successful, poised, perfect young woman. And Hanna
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Andrea at Reading Lark
*4.5 Rating
Review Posted on Reading Lark 2/18/15: http://readinglark.blogspot.com/2015/...

I was slightly hesitant about reading this one originally. While I thought the first book, The Boyfriend Thief, was cute, it wasn't the sort of read that had me anxiously awaiting the next installment. The fact that The Secrets Between You and Me is not a direct sequel, but rather a companion novel, eased my apprehension a bit. (Note: These two novels can be read independently of one another.) My second lar
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Kassiah
2-1/2 stars.

A modified version of this review is posted on Swoony Boys Podcast.

I didn't read The Boyfriend Thief, which is the first book in this series. In fact, I forgot that there even was a first book, and after seeing who it's about, I'm definitely going to check it out. The Secrets Between You and Me is totally standalone, but I wish I had read it first. More on that in a sec.

The summer before her senior year, Hannah Cohen's world feels totally fake--she questions everything in her life: h
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christina
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-copies
So this was a pleasant surprise, but it still had something missing for me. It was a fun read and a really nice experience that had be smiling almost the whole way through (except for, y’know, during the sad bits), but ultimately, The Secrets Between You and Me was kind of a forgettable book. (Hence the smaller review.)

Hannah Cohen wasn’t really a character who set out to make a huge impression. Yes, she was supposed to be this overachieving, ridiculously hardworking student who was all set to g
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Marissa
That was bittersweet!! I didn’t want the story to end! This novel was so much more than a romance. It was about becoming your own person and dealing with things that you want to run away from. This story was set in the little country town of Asheville, North Carolina and left you feeling like you were a part of the family in the end.
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Hannah Cohen is taking a cue from her mom and hiding away. After a big bomb is dropped on her family, Hannah doesn’t know what to do or how to act anymore. This sum
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Jaime Arkin
3.5 stars...

Hannah has had a rough year… she’s always lived her life by a set rules in order to maintain the perfection that her family depends on. They just don’t seem to be working as well as she thought and so she decides to skip out of the summer trip to Paris with her mom and heads to North Carolina to spend time with her Aunt hoping that the secrets won’t come to light.

On her way into town, bad luck has her meeting Jude Westmore… and making a horrible first impression. But once chance me
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Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Review posted here

The Rules of You and Me
1. Be honest. Don't complicate things.
2. Do what scares you the most.
3. Always do the thing that could get you arrested.
4. Don't be afraid of reality.

Hannah Cohen has always been about rules. Her parents' rules. All her life she's lived by them. For the summer though, she has only one rule to follow (given to her by her therapi- err, life coach): to push herself outside her limits and try everything. That's exactly what she plans to do as she visits her
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Amy
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for Young Adult lit. I believe it gets short shrift from most readers, who consider themselves above it (for some reason) or that it is inferior to "literature." Well, you go ahead and read Megan McCafferty's Jessica Darling series and get back to me on your misconceptions, okay?

In The Rules of You and Me, we get to know Hannah Cohen, a seventeen-year-old whose life has been sunk to near lifelessness by the floods beset on her by her parents. Her father, a banker, is struggling to
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Heather A
I received a copy from Netgalley.

I didn't really know what to expect when I started this title, I saw it on Netgalley and thought it looked like a fun easy summer romance. I was really surprised at how much I loved it. Hannah is normally the sort of picture perfect over achiever I can't stand, however, I really admired her character. Her dad has been sent to rehab and her nightmare of a mother has taken off to Paris rather than dealing with things leaving Hannah alone for the summer to be shippe
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Hannah (Broc's Bookcase)
If you are looking for something not too deep but not too fluffy that this is the book for you. It's a nice coming of age type story with a cute romance mixed in.

Ok, so first thing I HAVE to mention with this book is how bad I felt for Hannah. She has grown up with such d-bag parents who tell her all these stupid rules to live by and all the things they expect her to be and wow I would totally just want to curl up in bed and cry if I was living with that much pressure in my life! I don't know if
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Amanda R
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ya
I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley.

Let me first say this, if you haven't read The Boyfriend Thief, I would suggest you do so before reading this book. While this one is listed as a companion to The Boyfriend Thief, you see Hannah in a different light and I think it adds something to her character. You can see her for what people see her as and then in this book you can get to know the real her. It also talks about things that happen in the Boyfriend Thief that could ruin it for you!

Ha
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Angel - Angel Reads
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I received a copy of The Secrets Between You and Me by Shana Norris through Net Galley, this has in no way influenced my opinion on the book.

I read this on a whim, I was going through Net Galley and The Secrets Between You and Me. I did not realise that it was a companion to another novel but it in no way hindered my thoughts or confused me in any way.

Hannah is the protagonist of The Secrets Between You and Me and sometimes in contemporary novels
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Once
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rule #1: Never lose control. Maintain the image of perfection.
Rule #4: Never ask for help.

Hannah lives by the rules her parents drilled in to her head. Maintaining the perfect image and becoming some big-shot like her parents is everything they want for her, but is it what she wants?

Hannah’s word crumbles. And it all began when her father overdoes with prescription pills and nearly died. Now he's recovering in a rehabilitation center and her mother is an alcoholic in denial, abandoning her respo
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