Thursday, August 10, 2017

REVIEW: The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby - 3.5 stars

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 10:00 AM
Title: The Secret History of Us
Genre: YA Contemporary
Author: Jessi Kirby
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication: August 1st 2017
Cover Rating: 3/5

When we are little, we are taught right from wrong, or at least most of us are. It is right to tell someone the truth. It is wrong to make someone believe things that aren't true. The Secret History of Us is a perfect example of right and wrong. 

Liv was in a bad car accident. Her car ended up at the bottom of a body of water and she couldn't get out. Someone saved her, barely. She ends up in the hospital and is in a coma. When she wakes up, everything is different. Her last few years are missing and she doesn't recognize her boyfriend or understand what happened with her other best friend. It's scary but Liv has to figure out how to accept this and go back to living her life. But it's kind of hard to accept things when the people you trust the most are deceiving you.

Matt was a *beep* and a coward. Then we have Paige, Liv's 'best' friend. The fact that she could be in cahoots with Matt and KNEW the horrible truth about him and Liv just makes her scum in my eyes. I have no idea what the two of them were even trying to accomplish aside from Matt getting a fresh start when he screwed everything up. He didn't deserve a second chance let alone a fresh start with Liv. 

We get a good bit of backstory with this book considering Liv is actually, in a sense, living in the past.  One thing I was really hoping to learn was what happened with Walker when him and Liv were younger and how that connects to him seeming like a drifter living on a boat. I feel like his story and their connections were not touched on enough even though it was a pretty large part of the story line. 

In the end, I was pissed that Liv's 'best friend' and 'boyfriend' did what they did to her but I was happy she found her own place in the world and her own happiness without other people trying to tell her who she was. It sure is scary to think that you have no idea who you can trust and who will take advantage of a situation like the one Liv was in. 

Overall, I gave the book 3.5/5 stars.



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