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The Secrets We Share

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Clem is slowly rebuilding her life after a house fire destroyed everything. She’s about to start high school with her two best friends and she’s finally settled into living with her dad in their tiny flat. But when her mum unexpectedly moves in, Clem feels like there’s no space for her.

Then she meets Matt, a funny and rebellious fourteen-year-old with family troubles of h
Paperback, 225 pages
Published October 30th 2017 by University of Queensland Press
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Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Clem Timmins is on the verge of starting high school with best friends Bridge and Ellie to share the daunting experience, as they slowly rebuild their lives after the fire destroyed their house. Living in the small, cramped flat has brought Clem and her father closer together, new friend and neighbour Maggie can solve any Clem related crisis with tea and cake and they've begun to rebuild their home with the insurance pay out. For the first time since the fire, things are finally going Clem's way ...more
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Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This follow up book to The Secrets We Keep easily stands alone but oh gosh, it's a beautiful extension of Clem Timmins' progression from primary school to high school. In a profound parallel the rebuilding of Clem's family home mirrors the emotional rebuild of her own life and that of her mother's.This touching story explores changes, the ways change shapes us. It's not always easy getting back on top of things, as show metaphorically with Clem's foray into 'rooftopping', but Clem in tries despi ...more
Rebecca Ryan
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the prequel - The Secrets We Keep - so I was so happy to hear what Clem was up to now!

I read this because I love Nova's work, and also to read something that my 13 year old has read and enjoyed. I can see why this book appeals to a 13 year old. The characters are so real and so relatable that I can hardly believe Clem is NOT a real person.

Highly recommended!
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Didn’t quite meet the standards of the first book, as the plot was a bit fuzzy. I also didn’t really appreciate how Clem would always dismiss her friends when they were clearly trying to include her. I still loved the scenes at Maggie’s house (though I would’ve also liked some more about her guppy fish!). Wouldn’t be something I’d read again but it passed as a 3 stars for me.
Helen Simic
I enjoyed this book .
I didn’t realise it was a sequel to The Secrets we keep will have to get the first one to read to see how the story started.
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Nova Weetman wrote short fiction and children’s television before publishing her first YA novel, The Haunting of Lily Frost, in 2014. She lives with her partner, a playwright, and their two children in Brunswick, Australia.

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