28 April 2016

Release Week Blitz & Giveaway: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

The Secrets We Keep
by Trisha Leaver.
Audience/Genre: YA Contemporary.
Publication: April 28th 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR).
Twin sisters. A fatal accident. A devastating lie. Which girl survived?

"A girl takes over her twin sister's identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters."

Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy's shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she's chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy's world.

When--after a heated argument--Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves Maddy dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy's death and everyone's grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. And everyone believes her. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options--confess her deception and risk devastating those who loved Maddy, or give up her own dreams and live her sister's life.


"Watching Ella grapple with questions about life, death, and love makes for rewarding reading." ~Publishers Weekly

“Leaver’s masterful skill of storytelling and portrayal of sisterly love makes THE SECRETS WE KEEP a lit- erary beauty.” ~Teenreads

"Trisha Leaver crafts a powerful and haunting novel that will keep you up long after you read the last page. Full of twists and turns and FEELS, this book questions how far a person will go for her family . . . even if it means losing herself." - Lynne Matson, author of NIL

“The love and loss of a twin sister leads to a powerfully complex and heart-wrenching journey of self- discovery. The depth and complexity of Ella grows on each page, and I soon found myself immersed in her personal struggle. She is so fully developed that her seemingly unbelievable choice is not only believable, but completely understandable.” ~ Scott Blagden, author of DEAR LIFE, YOU SUCK

I don’t remember her room being so cold. Even snuggled into her sweater the chill seeps in, settling into my bones like a whisper from beyond. That’s where I will sleep tonight...in Maddy’s bed, surround by her scent. Mom wants to change the sheets, but I won’t let her. The hint of vanilla mingled with Alex’s dark cologne brings a little piece of my sister back to me each night.

The only thing I have left of my old life is a few sketches and a poor replica of the friendship bracelet Josh gave me. It took me days to re-create, to weave the strings into the right pattern. It’s not perfect, but it goes with me everywhere, a tiny reminder of who I once was and what Josh still means to me. The real bracelet is gone, cut off and tossed aside just like my life.

I want to make peace with my choice, but Maddy’s secret haunts me. The dark pieces of her life are hid- den in the back of her closet for no one but me to see. She’s not who I thought she was, but that doesn’t matter. Maddy was my sister, my twin sister, and I’ll do anything for her, including losing myself.

There is a blitz-wide giveaway, courtesy of the author, for:
ONE (1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card
***Giveaway is open to anyone 13 or older who can accept an Amazon Gift Card***

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Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather disobedient black lab. She is a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination to the mundane routine of everyday life. She writes Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, His- torical Fiction, Psychological Horror and Science Fiction and is pub- lished with FSG/ Macmillan, Flux/Llewellyn and Merit Press. Her YA Contemporary, THE SECRETS WE KEEP, was named one of the best YA novels for summer (2015) by Teen Vogue and received starred reviews from VOYA Magazine and School Library Journal (audio). For more details, check out her website at www.trishaleaver.com

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  1. I really loved the excerpt, having sisters my self even though we aren't twins or triplets, we each have a bond like Maddy and Ella. I love how even though she would rather live her own life she loves her sister so much she lives Maddy's life.
    The bond between sisters can be powerful. I'm thankful for my sisters. The bond that we have, I would do anything for them! I can not wait to read this book! It seems like it could really be an amazing read filled with excitement and every emotion there is with having a sister. :)

  2. I want to read the book because of the suspense plot. Sounds riveting! Thank you!

  3. I really want to read this book! The plot sounds so good. Thank you so much for sharing the excerpt and info!


  4. We have 5 sets of twins in the currently living 3 generations. It's hard to believe that anyone of them could pull something like this off. However it would be fascinating to read about someone that could.

  5. I want to read this book because the premise and plot sound great. It seems to explore some important issues.

  6. I want to read this because it sounds like its a definite page turner!

  7. I love most anything YA, especially mystery, and I am fascinated with twins (I only have one set in my family, but my husband has at least 4 sets in his family). Thanks!

  8. I am most interested in reading this book because of the very intriguing story-line! Twins have always been a curiosity to me. So I am really captivated to read this book!