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Keeping Her Secret

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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  695 ratings  ·  133 reviews
Two girls. One Kiss.

The last person Riya Johnson expected to run into at her new summer camp is Courtney Chastain—her childhood best friend and the girl who broke her heart after a secret, mind-blowing, life-altering kiss. She definitely didn’t expect to be sharing a bunk bed with her for four long weeks.

Courtney has what every girl wants—she’s beautiful, rich, and the obj
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Paperback, 150 pages
Published August 22nd 2016 by Entangled: Crush
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Norah Una Sumner
“Two girls. One Kiss."

This book was so good! I unexpectedly connected with both Riya and Courtney and loved reading about their development as characters throughout this book. They’re both very real and even though they make mistakes along the way, those mistakes are completely understandable and it made me like these two even more. I adore Colt, of course, he’s such an amazing supporting character and such an amazing brother as well! I love how their parents are complete opposites a
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
This book had a lot of really fun elements. Obviously, I'm a sucker for f/f camp romance books, and this definitely fit the bill in that regard. Some of the elements were a bit to cheesy and tropey for me, but the romance between Courtney and Riya made the whole book worth it. The last 10% or so had me grinning from ear to ear and it definitely had a satisfying conclusion. Riya is openly bisexual, which is always nice to see represented in queer YA. Additionally, she is biracial! So, nice to see ...more
Alexis
I always have a difficult time rating YA/NA books and this one is no different. Let's start with some of the things that I really liked about this book.

The setting first of all. Summer camp! When you're a teenager what's better than being away from your controlling parents and being surrounded by your friends? This happens to be the case for 17 year old queen bee Courtney Chastain. However this year is a little different since non other than Riya Johnson attends camp Pine Ridge as well. Riya, he
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Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Keeping her Secret certainly has its own allure. I can’t help but be swayed by the pull of Riya and Courtney’s chemistry. But, I admit there are certain parts that bothered me that dissuade me from rating this book any higher.

The story follows Riya Johnson, who is a new member of this summer camp, Courtney Chastain frequently goes to every year. She’s her former childhood best friend that broke her heart after running away when their first kiss happened.

Keeping Her Secret employed norm tropes t
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Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqia, lgbtqia-ya
Couldn't put this book down. Seriously.

I've read many LGBTQIA+ reads over the years, including several with a F/F romance. However, this is one of the only - if not THE only - book I've ever read in which one of the main characters is bisexual. I loved the way in which Riya described what it means to be bisexual to Courtney, who was calling her out on "leading on" Trey, one of the guys at the summer camp. Courtney seems unaware that someone could be bisexual and has stereotypical ideas, such as
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Danielle's
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Keeping her secret has so many factors I like in teen romances. It's based at summer camp. There are pranks. Riya and Courtney's romance started when they were young teens but Riya moved away. They shared a kiss that haunts them both. Riya is openly bi and Courtney only dates boys. Some say she's a heartbreaker, a player but deep down she's already met her match. These two girls are from different backgrounds. Courtney is a twin and privileged. She wants to dance but her mum doesn't see performi ...more
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this book is childhood friends to enemies to lovers i am VIBING
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Synopsis: Two girls. One Kiss.

The last person Riya Johnson expected to run into at her new summer camp is Courtney Chastain—her childhood best friend and the girl who broke her heart after a secret, mind-blowing, life-altering kiss. She definitely didn’t expect to be sharing a bunk bed with her for four long weeks.

Courtney has what every girl wants—she’s beautiful, rich, and the object of every boy’s desire at Camp Pine Ridge. Too bad none of them
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Heinerway
If you like young adult stories, teenage angst and summer camp romances, you'll love this book.
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Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, contemporary
this book stole my heart and that is unforgivable 🥺
Olivia Chanel's Galaxy of Books
Thank you Netgalley and Entangled: Crush for my e-arc of Keeping Her Secret!

Keeping Her Secret is a book that stays with you, like a beautiful sunset is engraved in your mind for days or even weeks after you’ve seen it. This book is refreshing, beautiful and fills your heart with love and joy. Keeping Her Secret has now become one of my favorite books of all time, I already want to reread it and experience these emotions all over again. You can review a book where you analyze it point after poin
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prag ♻
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: yikes
I tried too hard to like this book, maybe. If I had no expectations, I may have liked it better. But after reading only positive reviews, I was sure I would like this book.

I was wrong.

There was nothing to like. The simply, whiny sentences made sure of that. I only read it because the synopsis seemed great.

Neither girl can stop thinking about the other…but that doesn’t mean they can give up past hurts and take a chance on a future together.


An interesting idea, right? Wrong. There are no past
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Hadya
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm glad this book didn't just brush off the topic of making your coming out about someone else. It actually pointed out the wrong in that and dealt with it. The ship was cute and all but there were many issues I found with many scenes so idk 3 stars it is
Anna Banana
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so cute! A great mix of enemies to-friends-to-lovers and a second chance romance! It kind of annoyed me how it felt like Riya was the one that constantly had to make the first move with Courtney (apologizing first, seeing things from her perspective even though Court was being a major bitch and mean to her), even if I did understand why. I also really loved Dee and Colt as secondary characters and would legit read a book about them because they are so cute together.
Meh
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
** I was given a copy from NetGalley for an honest review.**

This story is simple.

But not in a bad way. It's just lighthearted and very innocent.

One of the main protagonists, Courtney, is a bit of an ass.

But not in a totally unlikable way. She's an ass as many very popular teenagers can be. By entitlement. But that fact in itself is addressed in the book, and, as such as in life, there is room for self improvement.

The other protagonist, Riya, is basically a poster child for the queer members of G
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Morgan
Aug 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lesbian-interest, ya, crap
I've read this (type of) story so many other times; it's not an original concept not was it executed in a unique way in this iteration.

The concept is that two girls who share a kiss once as thirteen year old, are separated and do not speak for four years, then are unexpectedly reunited at summer camp.

From here, the story could go in any number of directions, but instead it plods down the most well-worn of them all. No spoilers here because you've read this story already, at least three times.
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Shelly
A cute (but a bit angsty) romance. I liked that the main characters had a pre-existing friendship before the events of the book so the romance was more believable. It was a quick read, but a very engaging and interesting one! Highly recommend for those looking for a swoony f/f YA romance.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy for review!
lacy
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A special thank you goes to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this eARC early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

tw: racism, homophobic slurs, use of word d*ke, internalized homophobia

Wow did I love this! I originally requested it because it sounded similar to another book I read years ago (I can't even remember what it is called now) plus that cover is so damn adorable. I knew instantly that I had to read this book and I'm so glad I did. My heart is still swooning from Courtney and Riy
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love, tappkalina
I have a crush on Riya.
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
This is a lgbtq+ romance that follows Riya and Courtney, two former best friends who haven't heard from each other in years. That all changes when Riya moves and is forced to go to summer camp, where Courtney is the queen bee. We follow them as they tackle the reason why they lost touch and everything that comes after it.
Riya is considered a 'jock' since she plays volleyball and wants to go into sports medicine. Her life as an 'out' te
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M. Hollis
"She stared at them until she licked her own lips and closed her eyes without thinking. The next thing she knew, those beautiful lips were pressed against hers and Riya was kissing her like she'd seen in movies and Courtney was kissing her back."

Courtney and Riya shared a kiss years ago when they were best friends. Since then, they stopped talking with each other. Now, they find themselves sharing a bunk bed at a summer camp and having those old feeling creeping back in to confuse them even more
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Enne (they/them)
”The thing about people who didn’t say much was no one could argue with the few things they did choose to say.”


4 stars
TW: homophobia (challenged)
Rep: bisexual Indian MC, sapphic MC


The Writing
This book reads like you’d expect a YA book targeted at younger teens to read. So, a bit juvenile for my taste, but overall, I don’t have any complaints about it. I did find that the writing style for the two PoVs was a bit too similar for my taste and I wish their voices had been developed further
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Megan  (thebookishtwins)
I received this free from the publishers via NetGalley

Riya Johnson had her heart broken by her childhood best friend after a secret kiss they shared. So when Riya Johnson shows up at a new summer camp, the last person she ever expected to see was Courtney Chastain – the very girl who broke her heart who she hasn’t seen for years. Courtney Chastain is the object of desire for every boy at the camp, but none of them make her feel anything close to how she felt when she kissed Riya Johnson all thos
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Nicole
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Keeping Her Secret!!! I requested an ARC for this, but didn't get it, so I just went ahead and preordered it.
I'm so happy I did, cause I seriously love this book so much.
 
There is nothing in this whole book that I didn't like. Nothing.
I love the setting, the summer camp.
I love the characters. Riya and Courtney, the two main characters, they were so different from each other. It took me a bit to warm up to Courtney, just because it takes a while to really get to know her. There were also so many
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Bette Hansen
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. It was such an honest look at young women learning to accept their sexuality and being comfortable enough to express it. Riya and Courtney were once close until an unexpected kiss has Courtney running. Now they've been reunited at summer camp and all those scary and unyielding feelings come rushing back. While Courtney has never forgotten Riya or the feelings she has for her, she has tried to push them away. She's fearful of the reactions of her parents and friends if s ...more
Tainá
I have been wanting to read this one for a while, because it seemed like a cute camp romance between former childhood friends with a potential for a lot of my favorites tropes and I'm glad to say it didn't disappoint.

Riya and Court haven't seen each other in four years, since a pretty great kiss that they both have tried to leave behind, when they find out that not only they are in the opposed sides of a prank war, but also they will be sharing a bunk bed for the next four weeks. They decide to
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Lena
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, romance
4.5 🌟

Okay seriously I didn't expect to like it as much as I do. I am not that into reading romance in general, but this book made me curious.

It's the story of Riya and Courtney, two girls that were friends once, but after a lifechanging kiss at the age of 13 Courtney ran away from Riya. Years later, both of them meet again in a summer champ and rediscover their feelings for each other. While Riya is out as bi, Courtney is a know man hunter, making out with all the boys and dropping them a week
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Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 2.75/5

Review to come!
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia, romance
This was a sweet summer romance type story where the two MCs have history, start off hating each other before realising they’re actually super into each other. The story was lovely, but just felt way too rushed. The romance could have been built up a bit more. Also everything got tied up way too neatly at the end!
Bree Paige
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A very sweet story..
If you want light heart warming story with the touch of camping this is the best for you..
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