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Keeping You a Secret


Keeping You a Secret

Holland Jaeger's mother's version of Holland's future: Girl goes to
school, girl gets good grades, girl goes to Harvard or Stanford or
Antioch College, girl meets boy, girl gets married, gets great job,
has children and lives happily ever after.

Holland's version of Holland's future: Girl goes to school, girl
gets good grades, girl gets rejected from Harvard, girl meets girl?
Girl wants to be an artist, or maybe work with kids?

Holland knows she's in love with Cece Goddard the minute she sees
her, wearing a t-shirt that says "IMRU" with a small pink triangle
underneath. Cece becomes Holland's biggest secret, the source of
her greatest happiness as well as her biggest fear. They begin a
relationship, but when word gets out that they are dating, Holland
faces ostracism. Through all of Holland's troubles, Cece remains a
steadfast companion, sacrificing time and energy when Holland's
family turns on her. Holland knows her life will never be the

Though the writing is smooth and Holland is a likeable,
well-developed character, this is not as strong a story as, for
example, Nancy Garden's ANNIE ON MY MIND. The peripheral characters
are underdeveloped and somewhat stereotypical, except for Holland's
friend Leah. The reactions from Holland's friends and family are
painfully, undoubtedly real, but the reader ultimately begins to
despair as to whether Holland will have any kind of redemption, as
she seems to have no support system other than Cece. Holland turns
her life in a positive direction in the end, but not without a lot
of sacrifice.


Reviewed by Carlie Kraft on October 18, 2011

Keeping You a Secret
by Julie Anne Peters

  • Publication Date: May 7, 2003
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0316702757
  • ISBN-13: 9780316702751