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Keeping Her Secret

(Endless Summer)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  546 ratings  ·  110 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
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 and how t
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
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
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
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
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 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
Sarah {Literary Meanderings}

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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
If you like young adult stories, teenage angst and summer camp romances, you'll love this book.
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
Haadiya // Hiatus
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
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
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.
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!
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
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
lacy [a ravenclaw library]
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
Megan  (YABookers)
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
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
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 h
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
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
Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 2.75/5

Review to come!
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..
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was pretty amazing from the very beginning. I’ve never read an FF book before but this book wasn’t even about that even though it was all about that. It was about discovery, facing reality and finally letting go and being the person you know you are, not what someone else wants you to be. It was really quite beautiful. Sarah Nicholas, perfect.

We meet Riya as she is on her way to summer camp to get away while her parents move and get things settled in a new location. Four weeks of fun a
Emily (paperbackthrills)
This book was short and sweet, to say the least. I picked this up on NetGalley on an agreement that I would read it and, in exchange, write up an honest review, so here it is: I did enjoy this book. It felt a little bit below my level (perhaps because it's aimed towards high school students) but I still really liked it. The publisher describes it as a 'fairy-tale romance,' and I agree with them; it was also a very realistic depiction of what it's like to fall in love for the first time, and how ...more
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"She'd always wondered why the singer felt they were both running out of time, but now it made sense. Because every day neither of them made a move back to each other, it became that much harder to even imagine that they could."
3.5 rounded up to 4. Riya and Courtney were childhood best friends until a kiss broke them up, also breaking poor Riya's heart in the process. When the story begins, four years have passed, they are now 16-17 years old, and unexpectedly find each other at a summer cam
Bonajean McAneney
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I received my copy free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Keeping Her Secret is one of those magical books that keeps you turning pages long after you should have gone to bed, even though you're pretty sure you know whats going to happen.

I think it has to do with the well drawn conflict and characters. Both main characters are sympathetic but at different points in the book my allegiance completely changed from one, to the other.

At one point I was so fiercely loyal to one charac
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you like camp rock or high school musical maybe you'll like this one.
I remember Gabrielle and Sharpay. :)

Riya and Courtney were childhood bestfriends, right before Riya moved to the other State she left Courtney questioning herself because of their kiss.
And then 4 years later they've met again on their summer camp and worst their sharing a bunk bed.
Courtney's twin brother Colt is happy and excited to see Riya a total opposite reaction from Courtney.

Riya here is a Volleyball varsity and I thin
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
Oh thank you that this book was on sale because I have been meaning to read it for a while now. Since I saw my friend's raving reviews, I was more than excited to get to it. Keeping Her Secret is a adorable YA contemporary about two girls meeting again after four years at summer camp. It's prank wars, stolen kisses under the moonlight, unbreakable friendships, and a summer these two girls might never forget.

I will write a coherent review soon on the blog. This book is gold, just saying.
I haven't read a whole ton of F/F books, but I was drawn in by the premise. I'm a sucker for cute summer camp settings, and this was definitely a fun YA book. Bonus points for the enemies-to-lovers/former friends plot.
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Sarah Nicolas is a recovering mechanical engineer, library event planner, and author. She lives in Orlando with a 60-lb mutt who thinks he’s a chihuahua.

When she’s not writing, she can be found playing volleyball or drinking wine. She is a contributor for Book Riot and at YAtopia. Sarah is represented by Rebecca Podos of Rees Literary Agency.

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