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Blurb (from Goodreads):
One year. That's how long it's been since childhood sweethearts Sully Graham and Cadence Gilbertson broke up, since one adoption and one out-of-state move turned their worlds upside down.
Suddenly, Cadence is back in New York City, but something's different about her. The light in her eyes, the music in her laughter, the warmth in her smile—all of those things have entirely vanished. In their place stand the makings of a girl Sully can't even begin to recognize, much less understand.
Still, despite the collective history of heartbreak between them, he’s convinced he can win her trust again, and he’s committed to proving the invincibility of their love no matter what it takes.
But Cadence is quietly harboring secrets of her own. Dark secrets. Ugly secrets. Secrets that could break a person. And though broken herself and unbearably lonely, she's determined to protect Sully from her terrible, biting truths. Even if it means locking him out of her life forever.
The only problem is it seems her heart hasn’t quite received the memo. One glimpse of him is all it takes for her to trip into familiar (and, she’ll admit, addictive) feelings that threaten to all but consume her. Now her biggest fear is that her secrets will begin to slowly unravel one by one...long before Sully’s resolve ever does.
The Secrets We Kept is a moving story about first love, friendship, and forgiveness, and the enduring bonds that forever connect us and give us our strength.
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
This was a YA contemporary story about a couple reunited.
The characters in this were okay, but I didn’t really feel much for them, and I couldn’t really get invested in their story.
The storyline in this was about Cadence moving back to New York after going to live in California, and holding back some big secret from her ex-boyfriend and love-of-her-life Sully. There was some talk of Cadence being depressed and taking anti-depressants, and a real big deal was made of it even when it wasn’t really Sully’s business seeing as he was the one that dumped her, and there was quite a bit of Sully sticking his nose into Cadence’s business. The real secret was held back until right at the end, and it could be a bit of a touchy subject for some people (major spoiler - highlight to view spoiler - Cadence had an abortion whilst in California.) I did find the pace in this pretty slow though, and the story really struggled to hold my attention.[ Cadence had an abortion whilst in California. (hide spoiler)]
The ending to this was okay, and things all seemed to work out after the truth came out. I just wish that I had enjoyed the book more though.
5 out of 10