Friday, 11 January 2013

Best Kept Secret by Amy Hatvany

When I first started reading this book, I was very hesitant about staying with it. Something about the honesty of the writing and the topic itself made me feel like I was intruding on a very personal matter which I had no right to be a part of. I soon realized that the way I felt was a testament to the writing. If an author could stir up that much emotion, it's because they have that exceptional ability to connect with the reader through their carefully chosen words.

I actually imagined myself in the house, on the streets, and near the computer, watching Cadence slowly destroy her life. I was closing my eyes when things got bad, hoping the next line would bring reassurances that never did materialize. My heart broke for Charlie, and I really wanted to have Martin buried in the foundation of a building. I was begging for the cashier to stop her just once. There were other characters that I would have loved to have slapped, and others who I would have hugged.

This is not a book for people who only like sunshine and rainbows.This is a gut wrenching book that gives an honest account of a person struggling with her flaws. The ending doesn't have a neat bow on it, and I think if it did, the author would have been a sell-out.

This is not a book that deserves to be in bookstores or in e-carts waiting to be checked out. It deserves to be on peoples bookshelves and e-readers everywhere.

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