Saturday, November 22, 2014

Trading Secrets by Melody Carlson

Book Description:
Trading Secrets
Back in fifth grade, Micah Knight got an Amish pen pal, and over the years, they've exchanged many letters--and many secrets. At age seventeen, Micah finally has the chance to meet her pen pal face-to-face. The only problem is that because of confusion about her name when the pen pals were assigned, her pen pal was a boy, Zack Miller. And all this time, Micah's never told Zack that she's actually a girl! While she wants nothing more than to experience life on Zack's Amish farm, she's afraid he'll hate her for deceiving him all these years. But she makes up her mind to face the music--and that's where the fun really begins. 
Bestselling author Melody Carlson brings young adults another fascinating tale of worlds colliding, secrets being revealed, and friendships forming. Teens will love this story of miscommunication and mishaps along the way to the truth.

My Thoughts:
This was a cute story.  Micah has written to her pen pal for years.  Zack is an Amish, now teenager, and he is Micah's pen pal.  When she was old enough to realize the mix up and her being a girl writing to an Amish boy, Micah kept her gender a secret.  Now, she has a chnace to meet him face-to-face and she is going!  She knows she has to reveal her secret but how will Zack react?
I really liked seeing the difference between the Amish family and the English family interactions.  The author does a great job with this story.  The way she sets up the story of the mixed up identity then face-to-face meeting while there are so many secrets between them.  Micah is so wanting to see the Amish for herself and Zack is wanting to get away.  The mix of cultures and friendships is worked perfectly.
5/5 for a teenage/young adult book.  It was a cute story.
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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