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The Secret History of Us

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The Secret History of Us

Olivia Jordan is a typical high schooler until she suddenly wakes up in the hospital with no memory of how she got there. While she recovers, she must piece together the story of her car accident that didn’t just injure her, but her relationship with her boyfriend Matt as well. Things are only complicated by the fact that Olivia has no memory of the past four years. All of her memories of high school are completely gone, and she must work to piece together what has happened to her. When she learns that mysterious Walker James helped save her from her sinking car and bring her back to life, things become even more complicated. Olivia has to discover the secrets that she has kept hidden from her family and learn how to bring her two worlds together into one.

"I really enjoyed how gripping this book was. I didn’t intend to read it in one sitting, but I found it very hard to put down....This was the first book I had read by Kirby, and I enjoyed her writing style very much...."

I really enjoyed how gripping this book was. I didn’t intend to read it in one sitting, but I found it very hard to put down. Not only were readers finding out new information about the characters, Olivia was also finding out things she did not know, which I feel made it much more interesting. I feel like it adds a new and interesting dynamic to the story that would not have otherwise been present. The characters around Olivia are very helpful while she is still rediscovering herself, and I greatly enjoyed reading a story with such supportive characters. This was the first book I had read by Kirby, and I enjoyed her writing style very much and would like to purchase some of her other books in the future.

One major thing I did not enjoy was the fact that the ending felt very rushed. While I liked the actual ending, I felt like it would have been much better if it had more build up. I do see what Kirby intended to do, but I just felt like making the book a little bit longer would have benefitted it greatly. In addition, the extra time would have been better to develop some of the supporting characters just a bit more. I definitely thought that Walker could have used more development. While I understood why he was included in the plot, I feel like he would’ve been a more likable character if there had been more time for readers (and Olivia) to get to know him. I definitely enjoyed the addition of Olivia’s older brother Sam. I feel like he brought some comic relief to the plot and also helped reveal more information about Olivia’s life before her car accident. The two had a very believable sibling dynamic, and he was hands-down my favorite character.

I would recommend this book to any fan of contemporary romance books who is looking for something just a bit different. While there is romance present in the plot, it is not a major part. I really enjoyed that there was more to the story than just romance and it definitely helps this book to stand out from the crowd.

Reviewed by Breck G., Teen Board Member on August 18, 2017

The Secret History of Us
by Jessi Kirby