Please Don't Tell
Joy killed Adam Gordon for what he did to her sister, Grace. At least, that’s what she thinks happened. Now Adam can’t hurt anyone ever again, and her sister can be free from the b ...more
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People are always turning silence into a knife to stab themselves with.
What if you blacked out at a party and the person you absolutely hated died? You wanted him dead. You’ve definitely thought about ridding the world of him. He deserved it. But could you really have been capable of murder?
This is a dark story revolving around a complex sister relationship and the depths one will go to protect her sister. It is about the fear of not knowing what you are truly capable of.
Joy and Grace a ...more
“It must have been me. Whether I was sober enough to remember it or not.”
This was a YA story about a set of twins, and a dead guy.
Joy came across as pretty messed up in this story, but she was fiercely loyal to her sister, and it seemed like she really believed that she would go as far as murder to protect her.
The storyline in this was about this guy called Adam dying, a ...more
Laura Tims, an American author, pens her debut YA thriller, Please Don't Tell that narrates the story of a young teenage girl who after probably killing the boy who destroyed her sister's life becomes a victim of blackmailing from a stranger who knows what she did to that boy and that stranger will go at any lengths to use her for his/her own purpose.
Joy killed Adam Gordon—at least, that ...more
Oh no! Please do not believe the Goodreads rating for Please Don’t Tell. It is so good. I practically read it in one sitting.
This story follows twins Grace and Joy. Joy and Grace aren’t really honest with each other anymore since last summer when Grace tried to break out of her shell and ended up getting raped. Grace was raped by Adam last summer. She is the smart twin and is currently having a semester out of school to complete a home-study project. Joy ...more
Sometimes it takes a little push to figure things out.
Would you laugh at the same joke with your friend around? Your crush? Your parents?
Would your eyes light up like Christmas lights when you hear the song you lie awake in bed listening to on repeat until you fall asleep humming the melody if you were in public?
Would you say something stupid to be honest to someone in need of a little truth in their world filled with lies?
Would you lie to yourself or others to h ...more
Joy and Grace are twins. Joy is the protector of Grace who is fragile. Joy was born first and no matter what happens she will always protect her sister. During the summer Joy and Gra ...more
Told in alternating points of view - the first bein ...more
This book is important. It's a rape book. It's a sister book. It's a friendship book.
(I also got sent a copy from Harper Collins for review!)
So this book is about two twins dealing with a secret. And blackmail. One twin was rapes and the other one is being blamed for killing a boy. A boy who hurt her sister. A boy sh ...more
Please Don't Tell was well-written and interesting throughout. It kept me guessing, but I was expecting a huge plot twist that I don't feel ever came. The foreshadowing in the novel is well done and to an experienced reader does not slip through the cracks.
It is obvious that Laura Tims is a young author, which isn't meant to sound like a bad thing. I do, however, see room for improvement. I feel like her later novels are going to be better as she walks through life and gains experiences ...more
The structure is a past and present point-of-view shift between Joy and her twin sister Grace, before and after the death of Adam Gordon. Both sisters are at least vaguely unreliable, especially since Joy was drunk the night of Adam's death, and Grace comes across as progressively more and more unbalanced.
This is a book that will anger you, break your heart ...more
Diversity Rating: 4 – This is Our World...more
Racial-Ethnic: 4 (Joy’s friend is biracial with a black mother and white father; supporting character Cassius is black and lives with vitiligo; another supporting character is half-Vietnamese)
Disability: 5 (Joy has more than a bit of an alcohol problem; Grace has OCD with magical thinking; November’s time in an asylum offers commentary on how we t
This book. Oh my goodness. How do I even describe it? I truly don't even know how to put my thoughts into words. The very first page pulled me in. Please Don't Tell is written in alternating POV's by a set of twins- Joy and Grace. From the very beginning, their emotions resonated with me. Their voices, so similar yet different, echoed in my head without stopping. This is a book that you won't be able to ignore. Once you start it, you won't be able to stop, so make sure you plan accordingly
"Just because someone's dead doesn't make them gone."
Joy - as the summary of the book shows - thinks she killed Adam Gordon, and she believes that fact because she had plenty of reasons to kill him. The fact that he's dead should calm her, should allow her to think clearly, to get her life back on track knowing he won't be there to ruin it, but none of this happens; instead, it seems like he died only to haunt her, ...more
Nothing in this book really blew me away or knocked my socks off (okay- so I am not even wearing socks but that's besides the point.) The author had some fantastic writing for someone who debuted this book as their first and I really liked the premise she was going for with the book but by the end of it I was just...meh. It wasn't anything spectacular.
I really loved the complex sister relationship between Joy and Gr ...more
"You slept with my sister."
He winces. "Adam kept telling me to do it...and then she was so...she was really into it, and..."
"Did you sleep with her because she looks like me or she's hotter than me?"
I'm horrible. I have become a horrible person.
Never been gladder I don't have a twin sister.
Joy has murdered Adam Gordon. The thing is, she doesn't remember. After blacking out a party, she remembers the n ...more
Trigger warning for rape.
After Adam Gordon hurt her sister, Joy gets the ultimate revenge: she kills him. Or did she? Joy can't remember the night, but Adam ended up dead and she had the motive. And someone saw her do it, or at least they say they did. Joy must do what the blackmailer asks and expose the towns secrets, or risk going to prison for the murder of Adam. But the demands get more and more intense, and Joy finds he ...more
One Word: Riveting
Joy and Grace are as close as identical sisters can be, or they were before Adam Gordon raped Grace. Now Adam's dead, murder or accident? Joy is receiving blackmail letters, from someone who saw her kill Adam. But her best friend, the awkward Preston, says he saw Adam slip and fall.
Wow. Laura Tims hit a home run in her debut novel. Her major and minor characters were rich, damaged, flawed, mostly sympatheti ...more
Please Don’t Tell is told in alternating points of view, hopping between Joy and Grace. On the surface, Joy is the wild and carefree twin while Grace is the do-gooder, overachiever. But there’s so much going on with the c ...more
This book was...it was something. I think the message the book portrays is intriguing however, the execution is lacking. This book covers a wide variety of mental illnesses, from an eating disorder, obsessiveness compulsive tendencies, to schizophrenia and alcoholism. To speak in these terms of extremes, it is clear from the beginning that Grace needs help, Joy needs help, hell half the town needs help.
Personally, I feel like there is just too ...more
Tims uses alternating perspectives in a clever, thought-provoking way: to show how radically people's views of the world can differ. When the novel switched to Grace's POV, I suddenly had a whole new view of Joy, the initial narrator. It's fascinating—and believable to me—how close these twin sisters are without truly understanding each other. Each looks at the ...more
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