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The Secrets We Kept

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  47 reviews
One year. That's how long it's been since childhood sweethearts Sully Graham and Cadence Gilbertson broke up, since one adoption and one out-of-state move turned their worlds upside down.

Suddenly, Cadence is back in New York City, but something's different about her. The light in her eyes, the music in her laughter, the warmth in her smile—all of those things have entirel
Paperback, 366 pages
Published November 8th 2015 by Blue Typewriter Press
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Lily Velez It's predominantly YA, though one of the protagonists (Sully) is already out of high school and is navigating the 'real world', so the story could pot…moreIt's predominantly YA, though one of the protagonists (Sully) is already out of high school and is navigating the 'real world', so the story could potentially appeal to NA audiences. Hope that's helpful! :0)(less)

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Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
***I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours for promotional purposes in exchange for an honest review.***

Take a moment to look up the statistics for depression in children both currently in and aging out of foster care. Let those numbers really sink in so you can sort of get an idea of what it's like to grow up in a place that really isn't your own. Maybe you might start to see why, after being separated from their siblings or mistreated by their foster parents, people who grew up
A Million Books
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don't really know what to say, except The Secrets we Kept is one of those books - one that you just have to read to experience. I am going to not give anything away in this review because it should be read without any spoilers to really understand this story. This book had a set of star crossed lovers, depression, death, and, strangely enough, a new take on the foster system.

With scene's from Sully and Cadence's past, that gave us insight into their present, The Secrets we Kept was a SO much b
Mollien Fote Osterman
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, young-adult

5 Constellations

This was a very moving story. Yes it was about young love and growing up in the foster care system, but it was also about mental illness, and depression. So many people struggle every day as the author portrays her characters. They feel helpless, hopeless, and alone.
This is the debut book by this author. I was very impressed with the way her words flowed throughout the story. I was particularly impressed with the detail that was given to every aspect of the book. I truly
Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Blue Typewriter Press and NetGalley.)

“Some things are just so broken, they can’t be fixed again.”

This was a YA contemporary story about a couple reunited.

The characters in this were okay, but I didn’t really feel much for them, and I couldn’t really get invested in their story.

The storyline in this was about Cadence moving back to New York after going to live in California, and holding back some big secret from her ex-boyfr
Carlene Inspired
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don't often review without providing a summary first, but The Secrets We Kept is the kind of book you need to read to experience and understand. It's a young adult book that transcends the genre confinements, with dual POV from a high school girl and a newly-independent male. There's no cliche insta-love, over-the-top smut, or easily handled drama. What there is, however, is a lot of harsh realities in the form of a beautiful fiction story. There's teenage love, emotional foster family situati ...more
Cyndi Becker
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recently a friend commented on the emotional depth she seemed to be finding in the NYA she’s been reading lately. I have to say The Secrets We Kept by Lily Velez is a great example. The issues explored fall in line with any examination on relationships and the kind of responses you’d expect from the characters. But this is not because of age, but rather circumstance. The author’s use of backstory and reconciliation makes for a very smart read. I nearly finished the story in one sitting and I rea ...more
The Secrets We Kept is a issue-driven YA story that is told in a unique way. This might be one of my favorite books I've ever read, the style, as well as the realistic presentation of the issues, the relatable and well-developed characters... it all aided to me being impressed by what I read.

I'm having a hard time putting it to words. You have to read it to see what I'm talking about.
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Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sully had me cry. This is such a amazing character. I felt so much for him. He was honest and sweet. hard working and caring. Understanding and loving. I felt for his brother because he was caught in the crossfire and suffered due to Sully’s broken heart. I know that he caused his own pain but he did it out of love and because he wanted Cadence to be able to embrace the life she now had. She had adopted parents who loved her.they were moving and in order for her to go forward he knew that she mu ...more
Lustful Literature
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it

Josie's 4.5 Star Review

I am not really a fan of YA stories, but this book was written so well that I could not get enough. I am going to try not to give anything away in this review because it should be read blindly to fully understand and appreciate this very powerful story. The subject matter that was touched upon in this book are not YA but it did fit well for the story. Besides a complexed love story, the characters deal with depression, tragic loss, and the good and bad of the foster care s
Paula  Phillips
Dec 17, 2015 rated it liked it
First off , I want to say how beautiful this cover is - It would have to be one of my favourite book covers for 2015. It's what drew me to this book mainly. Unfortunately for me , it was one of those cases where I should not have judged a book by the cover as though The Secrets we Kept was a good read , it was a little too slow for my liking . The good thing though was once the story got moving along and the two main characters Sully aka Sullivan and Cadence actually spent more time together an ...more
Clare O'Beara
Mixed feelings here as some aspects of the tale are well written. The kids are from foster homes and have been around the country a bit, so we feel instant sympathy for them as they try to make their way. Most of the action occurs in New York but we don't see much of the city or landmarks which for me was a downer. There's school settings, grungy music clubs and parks.

A girl who moved away after she was adopted, returns when her new family moves back to NY, but her new outlook on life means she
Liz Gavin
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tous
I received this book in exchange for an honest review and honestly speaking I could not recommend it more. Not only to the YA audience it’s targeted at but to parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Or brothers and sisters. Or any person actually because the themes the authors tackles are universal.
More than ‘just’ writing a lovely love story, debut author Lily Velez gives us a beautifully written book about depression, friendship, family, and second chances. Not an easy fit for seasoned write
Stacy Aube
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book as an ARC for a honest review. This book was read and reviewed by Stacy Aube for Cutting Muse Blog Review.

A very moving read.

Childhood depression is all to real.

Sully and Cadence were childhood sweethearts until circumstances tore them apart. Now Cadence is back but different. Can their love surpass all the hardships?

Kayla (Kayla's Book Nook)
I have to admit, I was totally attracted to that cover when I requested this book. Just LOOK at it! It's a stunner, and it's super artsy, as well. I have also always wanted a glimpse into the foster system, and what it's like for teens. Thus, I expected good things from this story, and that's what I got!

The Secrets We Kept revolves around the dual-POVs of teens Sully and Cadence. They were both in the foster system, which got them together, but unfortunately, Cadence's move had forced them to br
Catherine  Wright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)
I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review.

this was a great romance, but it wasn't just about the romance, it's about the friendships and family that you have that are willing to help you through anything. The lesson you can take away from this book is that you are never alone in your life, there is always someone to help. This was a really great book and I will highly recommend it.

Review done by Cat for Cat's Guilty Pleasure
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is PHENOMENAL. The character development is incredible, you feel like you are right there in the book with each person. Every detail in this book is thought out and it is beautifully written. I couldn't get enough... Once you start reading, you will not stop!! ...more
Moa (The Reading Faery)
Really sweet, moving, relatable story. I want a sequel, maybe about Spencer or Haley. That would be so awesome!
Review to come!
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
No review as I DNF'd.
I will say the writing is good, but the story was way too slow for me.
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galleys
This book has so much potential. I wanted to like this, I really do, but it was too dramatic (it's not even funny) for my liking.
Blue Typewriter Press and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of The Secrets We Kept. This is my honest opinion of the book.

Sully Graham and Cadence Gilbertson were childhood sweethearts, broken apart by circumstances that separated them by miles. One year later, Cadence unexpectedly returns, but she has changed. Her refusal to see Sully and her subsequent mixed messages leave all of those who "loved her when" puzzled as to her behavior. Will a grand gesture by Sully open a dialogue be
Originally posted on Daydreaming Books.

*I received an eARC of this book from Xpresso Book Tours for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.*

Trigger Warning: Depression

It's difficult to express this book into one line or so. So I'm going to dive directly into the review...

Cadence and Sully first met at a foster home, since then they have been together but he broke up with her when she moved to California after getting adopted. After one whole year she’s back to New York but something seem
Stacey H
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, rea-life-lessons
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*I received a copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

My Thoughts

Ok, so let's start off with the good. I really liked the idea behind The Secrets We Kept. The fact that the story was focused on foster kids and their relationships was unique. As was how they cope with being separated or adopted out of the system. There were also several good life lessons to be learned throughout the book's duration and a h
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teens, netgalley
I have mixed feelings about this book. I really liked most of the characters and enjoyed their stories of shared trauma and triumph in the foster system. There are some awesome kids that have survived and found nice families and friendships. Sully was a character I rather enjoyed. His secrets were completely understandable, but caused pain and betrayal nonetheless. He carried a heavy weight that he could have shared with his brother, but chose to protect him instead. That didn't end well. Then t ...more
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, arc-2016
There is definitely a compelling story here of loss, depression, family and coping through grief. For me, it doesn't really deliver on its promise. The basic premise is our main characters separated a year ago when Cadence was adopted out of their foster home and relocated to California with her new family. Now she and her family are back, and Sully wants to know what happened to her, why she doesn't want to get back together, and why it seems like she's keeping secrets. One of the secrets is th ...more
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Secrets We Kept is a beautifully written book. From the start, the reader is hooked and is able to go into the characters’ lives so well it’s as if they were good friends. You won’t finish this book without a connection to at least one of the characters (but probably all!). The reader is able to journey through the ups and downs alongside the characters, feeling their emotions and turmoil, their happiness and hopefulness. You’re rooting for them and comforting them the entire way. Lily Velez ...more
Morgan Acton
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
the secrets we kept is a truly moving story about the power of love, friendship, family and forgiveness. it grabs you right from the start and pulls you into the lives of it’s lead characters and makes you really feel the ups and downs that they are going through. it would be impossible to read this story and not feel yourself completely connected to the loveable and trying characters of this sweet tale. from the graham brothers and their array of friends and acquaintances, to the soft spoken an ...more
Melinda Howard
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I really liked the characters in this book, the plot was good and overall the book was really moving. I did have a few issues with some of the content of the book and was really annoyed at the characters once the big secret was revealed and they realised lots of heart ache could have been avoided had they just communicated with each other and explained their actions in words. I did, however, think that Sully's actions to win
Chrsitina Somerville
I received this book via NetGallery in exchange for my honest review.

This story was very strong and moving it dealt with so many different issues, depression, foster care, trust, love.

Both characters Sully and Cadence were very strong, they were both dealing with very big issues in there life from young children to adults. When you read about the past between them you can feel the connection between them, the love between them. I really made you root for them in the future. One thing I would h
Dec 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a book aimed at the primarily at YA market but is just as significant for an older audience. Based around the two main characters Sully & Cadence … it’s a look at life in the foster system, covering depression, anxiety, death, love, relocation & how it affects the young lives.

Written with a lot of poignancy, depth & understanding it really portrays the helplessness involved when deep secrets threaten to disrupt love & life all the time reminding us what the support of friends, family & t
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Lily Velez has been writing stories since she was six years old. Not much has changed since then. She still prefers the written word and her overactive imagination over the ‘real world’ (though to be fair, her stories no longer feature talking dinosaurs). A graduate of Rollins College and a Florida native, when she's not reading or writing, she spends most of her days wrangling up her pit bulls No ...more

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“the road there began with kindness. This philosophy informed his actions toward Cadence in those first weeks. Unlike some of the others, who mistook Cadence’s cold and closed-off ways for pretentiousness, Sully saw only fear. When she bolted her eyes to the ground and wrapped her bony arms around herself, he saw someone who wanted to evade attention. When she countered a person’s questions with monosyllabic replies, he saw someone who was overly conscientious about what escaped her lips. To act otherwise would mean to draw someone’s ire. What really cemented his suspicions was what happened one Saturday, when he and Spencer were cleaning out the house’s rain gutters. Sully was perched on the coarse, flagstone shingles, using a garden spade to excavate the debris (leaves and twigs from a week of thunderstorms) and sending it all down below where Spencer waited, stretching open the mouth of a trash bag. Most of the debris landed everywhere but inside the bag, but as Spencer wasn’t fond of” 0 likes
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