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The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep by Laurie Faria Stolarz [book review]

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The Last Secret You'll Ever Keep

Book: The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep

Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz

Published: March 16, 2021

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Genre: Young adult thriller

Pages: 336

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The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep book summary:

The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep is about a young teen who was kidnapped and trapped in a well. Or at least what she thought was a well. When she escapes no one really believes her. They think she fell asleep at one of her friend’s homes and just forgot to update her aunt. When months pass and she has joined a community for people like her, she becomes friends with another girl that’s on there. When she thinks that girl is trouble she soon realizes that she’s being lead into a trap. If something happens to her this time then will anyone believe her?

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

What I thought about The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep:

So, The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep is a young adult book where a girl goes missing but no one really thinks that you went missing. How cruel would that be to go through something so traumatic and no one believes you? If the main character has a habit of disappearing then why doesn’t anyone really take the time out to actually check up on her? Leaving kids to their own devices or not really knowing where they are at any given time is something that bothers me so much. 

The Plot

The plot of The Last Secret You’ll Keep is okay but it seems like it’s all over the place. We don’t really get a lot of background on what happened to the main character. The person who takes her is pretty much-kept secret until the end of the book which gives us a nice little surprise. But through the first half of the book, there’s really not a lot of action, and gets a little bit slow. In the second half of the book is when things start to pick up a little better. 

I don’t know exactly how to explain my reasoning but I do feel like this book is all over the place. Kind of like why the main character never seems to question why the girl she talks to online has a very similar background as her when it comes to being kidnapped. 

The Characters

I kind of found myself not really caring for the main character. I think she doesn’t have a lot of depth to her and I found myself not really caring for her at all. I guess I wish there was just a little more to her than ‘I’m just a teenager and I’m invisible. If I can escape once then I can escape again” type of mentality. Some young adult books have this and some don’t. I truly appreciate the ones that don’t!

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