Tuesday, April 14, 2009

This is What I Want to Tell You-- Heather Duffy Stone

Noelle, Keeley, Nadio. They are the heart and soul of each other. But when Nadio and Keeley fall in love, where does that leave Noelle?

In this tenderly written coming-of-age tale, twins Nadio and Noelle discover what life is like as individuals for the first time. Nadio and Noelle live in the carriage house behind the manor where Keeley lives with her wealthy professor parents. Since she was a little girl, Keeley has spent most of her time with Noelle and Nadio. Noelle and Keeley are inseparable bundles of joy and energy, and Nadio is like their quiet cornerstone and foundation. When Keeley leaves for a summer in Oxford, Noelle feels like she is being left behind and understands her socio-economic situation for the first time. After Keeley returns, she and Nadio fall madly in love, and the consequences it has on Noelle are dire.

While the story line is nothing new (love triangle, hello?), This is What I Want to Tell You is gently written and the characters' voices are distinct and compelling. Teen girls will eat this book up, and it's a quick read. I would recommend this book to girls who are fans of Sarah Dessen, coming-of-age stories and/or romance, and teens who enjoyed Rachel Cohn's You Know Where to Find Me.

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