Thursday, July 11, 2013
Review: Secrets and Lies by Kody Keplinger
Kody Keplinger both returns to the halls of Hamilton High and explores new territory in her collection of two e-book exclusive novellas. In these short stories, the author revisits a familiar cast of characters from THE DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) and A Midsummer's Nightmare. Explore the uniquely teen world of high school drama, secrets, and romantic entanglements from completely fresh perspectives that will intrigue fans of Kody Keplinger and new readers alike. ~ Goodreads
Source: Provided by the publisher (Poppy) via Netgalley for my honest review.
Secret and Lies is a two story novella collection.
Abbreviations & Alliterations follows Casey (Bianca’s best friend) and Toby (the boy Bianca dated Briefly) from The Duff. I enjoyed this one even though it was unnecessarily convoluted with you guessed it…secrets & lies.
Casey falls for Toby but thinks it’s violating the “girl code” because he dated Bianca in the past. I guess there is something to that but a.) Bianca dated Toby very briefly and b.) anyone who remembers Bianca from The Duff knows she wouldn’t give a flying fig about that sort of thing. It kind of takes the steam out of the whole story and made me irritated with Casey but she and Toby’s romance was so nice it was ok anyway.
If that kind of drama lasted for a full length book I might have been more annoyed but I’m more forgiving when it’s wrapped up quickly as this was. Plus we get a peek at Bianca and Wes!
People Worth Knowing is far darker, touching on bullying and features Bailey James from Midsummer’s Nightmare. Bailey is faced with a dilemma that’s very real for many kids today. Should she stand with the popular school bully to remain with the "in crowd" or go against everyone and be ostrocized even though it’s the right thing to do.
There are some interesting twists to this story. The good and bad guys are not as clear cut which made this a unique story.
Bailey is a phenomenal character that I would like to see more of in YA. She’s not perfect but takes some pretty brave stands despite the consequences.
I really wish People Worth Knowing was full length. Especially when it came to the romance. It was very sweet but could have been developed more, with major complications because of who the boy was related to.
These were two very short stories but cute and a nice way to touch base with characters you may be missing.
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Buy the book! Secrets & Lies: Two Short Stories – $2.99