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Author Julie Anne Peters is best known for writing young adult books about gender queer youth, and Keeping You a Secret is penned in the same vein. In this audiobook, popular Holland Jaeger's life (and sexuality) is thrown into question by the arrival of a new girl in the corridors of her high school.
Rebekah Levin performs this coming-out story in the authentic voice of a conflicted teenager. She is able to capture the exaggerated theatricality of high school students, as well as the shrill, authoritarian tones of teachers and parents. The overt drama of the performance complements the action-packed storyline in a way that deepens the listener's understanding of the obstacles facing queer youth.
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Summary

First time I saw her was in the mirror on my locker door. I'd kicked my swim gear onto the bottom shelf and was reaching to the top for my calc book when she opened her locker across the hall. She had a streaked blonde ponytail dangling out the back of her baseball cap.... We slammed our lockers in unison and turned. Her eyes met mine. "Hi," she said, smiling. My stomach fluttered. "Hi," I answered automatically. She was new. Had to be. I would've noticed her. She sauntered away, but not before I caught a glimpse of her T-shirt. It said: IMRU? Am I what?
©2003 Julie Anne Peters (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Alice on 26-02-14

teen story about comming out

its a well written, easy story about coming out and the difficulties with parents, school, and meeting a gf. Its based at high school. More of a teen novel then adult I kinda felt that it could have been longer there was a lot of things which could have been developed more around which would have added to the novel. But its a nice read and easy listen.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Kunde on 15-06-17

Good story, didn't really enjoy the reading

I definitely enjoyed the story and thought the characters and the plot were interesting.
The thing that bothered me was the reading. Apart from the way Holland's voice was read, nearly all the others character's voices felt unnatural to me, kind of overblown and at places even ludicrous. It often prevented me from fully delve into the story.
It was still worth listening to until the end, I got somewhat used to the reading, just heads up.

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3 out of 5 stars
By BRUCE L. MANSFIELD on 02-03-14

A story of how not to love

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes for the perspective of what love isn't. The relationship between the two girls is abusive. Cece is abusive of Holland and when you love someone you just aren't. As an attorney who has helped many women in such relationships with men the fact the other person is a woman doesn't change the situation.

Would you recommend Keeping You a Secret to your friends? Why or why not?

Obsessive love is not love. It is possession and selfish. As an example of this yes.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Yes.

Did Keeping You a Secret inspire you to do anything?

Yes to write this review. I had not written any before reading this book. It took me six months to get around to it and I even wrote other reviews prior to this one but reading this boom left me with a desire to say what happened in the book was not true love.

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12 of 13 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ornella Davis on 22-04-14

Enjoyed this coming out story ALOT

If you could sum up Keeping You a Secret in three words, what would they be?

Inspirational, Motivating, Factual.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Keeping You a Secret?

When Cece finally told Holland the real reason she did not want her to meet her friends or come out of the closet. The fact that she was afraid to lose Holland is the real reason she lied to her. Though lying to your partner is still wrong. I absolutely love how Cece stuck with Holland through her being kicked out of the house as well. True love.

Have you listened to any of Rebekah Levin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I have not, but I will definitely be checking some more out.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, there were parts that made me tear up. And there were parts that made me mad. Like the part where Hollands mom was hitting her for being inlove and being who she is.

Any additional comments?

This book is great for LGBT's who are going through the coming out phase. It'll be a great listen so they will know how to approach accepting who they are, and making the world know they are proud of who they are as an individual, a person and as a group.

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