Sherri Lupton Hollister

Secret by Brigid Kemmerer

I do not know if I have the words to describe this book. As a writer, I am envious, I want to write like Brigid Kemmerer. The strength of these characters—amazing. Is there a more superlative word than amazing? I am far from a teenager, especially a gay teenage boy just admitting to himself the truth of who and what he is but for several days, that is just what I was. I became Nick, as he dealt with the fear of rejection and loss, the worry of what his family would do if he told them he was gay or that he wanted to leave home and go to college. I felt his pain, his fear, his worry. Brigid Kemmerer yanked me into this world and I felt. For me the best books make you think, this is one of them. As I read this book, I ached for this young man and for his pretend girl friend, Quinn. Seeing their pain, their solitude and their battle with themselves and those around them, especially the ones who care for them most. This is an awesome book. I have enjoyed the whole series but this one opened my eyes. Sometimes we don’t know how our careless words can injure another, this book has inspired me to write with more emotion, to handle my friends and family with care and to open my heart to those around me. Good job Ms. Kemmerer, a great story of love, redemption and coming of age. As each of these characters gained strength from the very thing that also made them weak. It all came down to love and friendship.

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