November 21, 2014

Trading Secrets


“The truth may set you free—but it might also land you in some uncomfortably hot water.”

Trading Secrets is the second book I’ve read by Melody Carlson. (The first being, The Christmas Cat, which is a charming, quick-read.) I’m not very familiar with Amish fiction or Young Adult reads, so this was a new experience for me. I can’t say I’m a fan of either, but the story was still enjoyable.

Fifth grader Micah Knight exchanges letters with a far away pen pal, an Amish boy, Zach Miller. Zach, understandably so, thinks Micah is male, and she (Micah) doesn’t tell him any differently. Well, wouldn’t you know that would make for a strange and anxiety filled detail to overcome when, as seniors, they’re about to meet in person. Will he resent her for deceiving him?

As a teen, I had a pen pal, so it wasn’t difficult for me to relate to young Micah Knight, and the excitement that went along with it. Add deception to the mix and that excitement is tripled with anxiety.

Trading Secrets is a light-hearted, amusing read. The statement on the back of the book sets the tone of this tale. “The truth may set you free—but it might also land you in some uncomfortably hot water.”

I recommend this book to fans of Amish or Young Adult stories. The author, Melody Carlson, is a gifted writer, delivering entertaining reads with superior imagery.

3 stars

Cover: Okay
Title: Like it
Publisher: Revell
Pages: 288
Pace: Steady
First Lines: “How am I supposed to get out of this mess?” I stare glumly at the letter lying open on my friend’s unmade bed. I came to Lizzy for some helpful advice, or at the very least some sympathy, but now I wonder why I even bothered.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255