Review: “The Secrets Between You and Me” – Shana Norris

February 9, 2015 Book Review 0

 Review: “The Secrets Between You and Me” – Shana NorrisThe Secrets Between You and Me by Shana Norris
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Published on: February 10th 2015
Published by: Paper Lantern Lit
Pages: 247
Series: Stolen Kiss #2
Genre: YA Romance
Format: eARC

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

All Hannah wanted was a summer break from being “perfect Hannah Cohen” and a chance to forget about the devastating family secret that could ruin her seemingly perfect life. So when she takes off for her eccentric aunt’s house in the mountains of North Carolina and everyone makes one big (wrong) assumption about her past, Hannah figures that it’s easier to live a lie than have to face the truth.

She never expected to make any real friends, like the hilarious and spontaneous Kate and Ashton, who drag her to late night bonfires and ice cream marathons. And she especially never counted on meeting Jude Westmore, the brooding bad boy next door with grey eyes and permanent oil smudges on his fingers, or that he would ever take an interest in her.

Between moonlit movie nights in the bed of Jude’s truck and nearly romantic Ferris Wheel rides, Hannah’s old life seems father away then ever, but can she keep her secret, or is the truth worth the risk of losing everything, including Jude?


Initial Reaction


My Thoughts

If you are looking for something not too deep but not too fluffy that this is the book for you. It’s a nice coming of age type story with a cute romance mixed in.

Ok, so first thing I HAVE to mention with this book is how bad I felt for Hannah. She has grown up with such d-bag parents who tell her all these stupid rules to live by and all the things they expect her to be and wow I would totally just want to curl up in bed and cry if I was living with that much pressure in my life! I don’t know if I liked her, or if I just felt bad for her, but either way I was rooting for her to sort her life out. Which is why it was slightly frustrating when she refused to trust any of her awesome new friends or Jude with her past!

Rule #1: Never lose control. Maintain the image of perfection.
Rule #4: Never ask for help.
Rule #8: If reality isn’t the way you want it to be, create your own.
Rule #12: Never let yourself be surprised. Always have the upper hand.

This book is not just a romance. It’s a healing, coming of age, self discovery, letting go of the past type story. Hannah and Jude both have issues they need to deal with, but it isn’t until they meet each other that they have the confidence to do it. Jude gives Hannah the push she needs to break her parents rules and make her own, and Hannah’s friendship helps Jude to finally start to move on from his brothers death and live his life again.

“Be yourself, but be the you that you could be, not the you that everyone else wants you to be.”

The romance in this book is slow and subtle and this makes it feel totally realistic. I hate insta-love and so this story is great because it is one of those loves that comes from friendship. There are some really cute swoon-worthy moments between Hannah and Jude, as well as some totally funny ones, and it was a nice romance to follow. I really like the new set of rules Jude and Hannah created, and it got me thinking about what rules I should chose for my own life.

“The rules you think you should follow in life aren’t always the right rules for you.”

There is no drama purely for drama sake and Shana does a great job of dealing with the important topics. However for me I need intensity and with topics like these I need something that it going to leave me speechless or totally emotionally unstable. I didn’t quite get that with this book, at times it just felt a bit safe and in doing so missed out out on the opportunities to make this book emotionally epic.

“I wish I had the courage to not be the person everyone expects me to be.”

One kind of irritating thing with this book was the unanswered questions we were left with. Who stole the money that Jude was accused of stealing? What happened with Jude and his mum? Did they make up? It also took me until the end of the book to realise that there was a previous book which made me feel slightly better because things kept being mentioned and I had no idea what they were taking about and I totally thought I was going nutso!

Rule #1: Be honest. Don’t complicate things.
Rule #2: Do what scares you the most.
Rule #3: Always do the thing that could get you arrested.
Rule #4: Don’t be afraid of reality.


Final Thoughts

It was a nice book, but it wasn’t epic. I can’t say anything bad about it, but at the same time it didn’t leave me knock you socks off speechless. If your looking for a nice easy read then this one is PERFECT, and it get’s released TOMORROW!!!

Re-Readability: Maybe at some point.

I would recommend this book to fans of: Summer romances, healing romances, Charity Ferrell, letting go of the past/moving on stories, easy reads.


Love-a-thon 2014

Type of Love: Healing Love

Couple Status: Friendship to Relationship

Other ‘Healing’ Love Stories: Revive Me – Charity FerrellUnbreakable (Rebecca Shea), Fading (E.K.Blair)What I Didn’t Say (Keary Taylor), Addicted to You (Becca & Krista Ritchie)


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