SOMEONE ELSE S SECRETBY JULIA SPIROI have recently been in a terrible reading slump and am thrilled to say that this phenomenal book gave me a reprieve and I can t recommend this one highly enough If I could give it 100 stars I would Both the plot and characterizations were absolutely fantastic There is so much I want to say about this tale and how it affected me but I don t want to give away spoilers This novel had me feeling so much empathy and compassion for it s many character s except for the antagonist.It is college graduation time for Lindsey and it is 2008 during the time of this country s great recession If you are old enough to remember that year you will realize that the joblessness was at an all time low and if the government had not bailed the banks out for the sub prime lending regarding mortgages this country would have gone into a Depression People were losing their homes That doesn t have anything to do with this book except to depict one of our main female heroine who has just graduated college studying art and her job prospects are low to non existent She wants to work in Boston in one of it s art museum s and one day become an art curator.While Lindsey is celebrating her graduation from college and wracked with years of college loan debt she has been trying to find an internship and can t find one Most of them are unpaid but she is willing to take on any job while also working for free as an intern at one of the art museum s but she has found out that you have to know someone to get hired Lindsey is jobless and during graduation a professor comes over to her table and says she would like to introduce Lindsey to the Decker family The Decker s are on the board at the Museum of Fine Art and need a nanny this summer at Cape Cod.Lindsey is an only child and doesn t have much experience with taking care of children Jonathan Decker says that if things work out this summer with Lindsey being their nanny he can introduce her to his friend whom both husband and wife can get Lindsey a paid job in the fall at Boston s Museum of Fine Art Lindsey is beautiful and has great ambitions of creating a great life for herself in the art world Jonathan and Carol Decker tell Lindsey that she will have a free place to live with food and all she has to do is take care of their youngest child Berty by taking him to tennis camp and getting him breakfast and her afternoons can be spent taking Berty to their beach club Berty is five years old and I just loved him He is a lovable child and easy to care for Lindsey decides to take the job.Georgie is the Decker s fourteen and a half year old daughter who is going to be working her first job at the Picnic Basket She is disdainful, moody with hormones and doesn t want to have to answer to Lindsey Lindsey is kind and friendly and doesn t force a friendship with Georgie Georgie is experiencing all of the teenager angst of wanting to find romance Georgie doesn t have any friends this summer as her former friend s are ignoring her and she is jealous of Lindsey Carol Decker is a very hands off mother and I didn t like her at first until later in the novel when I learned what she has gone through Carol seems very cold and uninterested in her children This leaves Lindsey with the full time care of Berty from morning until after he is read a bedtime story by Lindsey and he falls asleep for the night After that Lindsey is free to do what she wants and she usually goes out.Brian is the character that most readers I suspect won t like at all His parents are wealthier than the Decker s and also the ones who are pivotal to Lindsey getting her job in the fall He is also Joanna s boyfriend Joanna didn t give Lindsey the time of day in college but for some odd reason she befriends Lindsey and there are many nights spent drinking at beach parties with Joanna, Brian and all of the other wealthy 24 year old s who spend every summer at Cape Cod The first party that Lindsey attends Joanna leads Lindsey to do something to get back at Brian by keying his car When it is time for Lindsey to go home she meets a wholesome and kind working class guy named Dylan who sees Lindsey and offers her a ride home The two of them fall in love over the course of the Summer.Georgie has a deep crush on Brian even though their age differences are significant Brian goes into the Picnic Basket every day for iced coffee and again for lunch Georgie whose job assignment is to work in the back office sorting mountains of paperwork and inventorying all of the swanky merchandise that the establishment sells besides food When Brian comes in Georgie is often found sweeping and washing down tables escaping the back office so she can talk to Brian Georgie feels awkward and frustrated with her life and getting a few breadcrumbs from Brian makes her feel like he is interested in her One odd night Brian sees Georgie walking home from a party and he offers to walk her home They almost kiss when Lindsey being protective comes out and breaks it up This is where the climax of the story begins.Georgie runs into her house and sobs uncontrollably over Lindsey ruining her big chance of romance with Brian Lindsey had that day off and she spent the day at Joanna s drinking and later that night went out with Dylan and drankAfter separating Brian and Georgie Brian asks Lindsey to go for a walk to the lighthouse on the beach What happens next will alter Lindsey and Georgie s Lives for the next ten years It will haunt them both and change who they are for the worst I felt so much pain for both of these two and felt like it happened to me I asked myself what would I do if I was Georgie or Lindsey Something brutal happens and the way they deal with it by keeping silent is the lesson of this excellent book This was a fascinating story that I will never forget Every once in a while I read something such as this excellent book and it is so compelling that it raises the bar so high that I never want the story to end This is a gripping narrative that examines so many important themes that I highly recommend this I thought about what would I do if I was in Lindsey, Georgie or even Carol s position Thinking about the consequences for these three character s if they face the issue and illuminate it could I do the same thing Ten years later the issue will resurface and that is really the heart of this story I highly felt so much compassion for these character s and how much a single incident can bore away at your soul and obliterate the way in which you live and the way you view yourself and everybody else This author is one to watch out for and this was a fabulous debut which I loved so much I know it will take a long time for me to value a book as much as this one Don t read any reviews if you choose to read this as I didn t and it worked out in my favor Unforgettable, Life changing, Original and highly relevant in this day and age.Thank you to Net Galley, The talented Julia Spiro and Lake Union Publishing for providing me with my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review All opinions are my own.Publication Date July 1, 2020 SomeoneElse sSecret JuliaSpiro LakeUnionPublishing NetGalley Here S The Thing About Secrets They Change Shape Over Time, Become Blurry With Memory, Until The Truth Is Nearly Lost Lindsey And Georgie Have High Hopes For Their Summer On Martha S Vineyard In The Wake Of The Recession, Ambitious College Graduate Lindsey Accepts A Job As A Nanny For An Influential Family Who May Help Her Land A Position In Boston S Exclusive Art World Georgie, The Eldest Child In That Family, Is Nearly Fifteen And Eager To Find Herself, Dreaming Of Independence And Yearning For First LoveOver The Course Of That Formative Summer, The Two Young Women Develop A Close Bond Then, One Night By The Lighthouse, A Shocking Act Occurs That Ensnares Them Both In The Throes Of A Terrible Secret Their Budding Friendship Is Shattered, And Neither One Can Speak Of What Happened That Night For Ten Long YearsUntil Now Lindsey And Georgie Must Confront The Past After All This Time Their Quest For Justice Will Require Costly Sacrifices, But It Also Might Give Them The Closure They Need To Move On All They Know For Sure Is That When The Truth Is Revealed, Their Lives Will Be Forever Changed Once AgainFrom A Fresh Voice In Fiction, This Poignant And Timely Novel Explores The Strength And Nuance Of Female Friendship, The Cost Of Ambition, And The Courage It Takes To Speak The Truth For my full review, visit me at female protagonists in this story are excruciating they are desperate for acceptance from their peers and they cannot shake this emotion even as young adults It was painful to watch develop, coupled with the fact that the majority of male characters are portrayed as predators The author makes it obvious where the story is headed and, in the end, I found I was bored and restless reading this novel.For my full review, visit me at I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this and felt transported to Martha s Vineyard, like a fly on the wall during these scenes so powerful is Julia s ability to create this particular world, so natural is the dialogue flowing between the characters There is something timeless about the tale ambition, friendship, desire, coming of age, integrity tested and at the same time something extremely poignant for right now, as the dust from metoo is still settling Julia s skill lies in her detailed renderings of each person so that as with any great novel we see ourselves in several of the personalities, good and bad. What a fun and provocative read I couldn t put this book down The novel has such strong, fantastically written female characters and the shifts in time not only create real suspense, but also allow the reader to see how these characters become both softer and harder in different ways No one is exactly as they seem and no story unravels exactly like you think it will The backdrop of the elusive and fancy Martha s Vineyard world adds another layer of sexiness and fun Highly recommend There is no shortage of pitfalls, when it comes to being young and female this author nails it.SOMEONE ELSES SECRET was not like anything else I have read My feelings upon finishing the book are not so much conflicted, as polarized What I liked about the book, I REALLY liked What I didn t like, was serious enough, to dock it down to three stars I ll start with the good, but first, a warning if you are bothered by sexual content, you will need to pass on this one.The Good Stuff This story is current and parts of it are disturbingly similar to what we saw played out on television recently, during coverage of the Harvey Weinstein trial This story is extremely relevant and explains perfectly why victims of sexual assault respond in ways that seem to go against their own self interest ways that seem illogical and cause others to doubt their allegations If you can t figure out why a woman would wait years to accuse someone of rape, or continue to socialize with her rapist, after the fact.look no further After reading this book, the answers to those questions will be obvious.The author of SOMEONE ELSES SECRET is really talented Julia Spiro captured the absolute essence of what it is like to be young and female if you just want to understand what girls are like between the ages of 14 and 22, or you lived it and have forgotten, this book is the only guide or refresher you ll ever need The inner turmoil and ANGST of the two narrators, 14 year old Georgie and 22 year old Lindsey are so spot on perfect, that it made me remember things i hadn t thought about in years Those memories aren t pleasant because young girls, on the brink of becoming women, who are trying to figure out their place and role in the world, live lives of near constant inner turmoil.Angst is a perfect word to summarize the internal thoughts of the two narrators, myself at that age, and every coming of age girl i ve ever known Angst plays out like this lack of self confidence the yearning to be all grown up , and to be seen that way by others many mortifying humiliations, magnified well out of proportion probably mostly unnoticed by others Over thinking EVERYTHING analyzing everything, trying to determine hidden meanings and motivations of others when interacting It is exhausting and, I think, very typical The emotional lives of Georgie and Lindsey felt so familiar, and were filled with such uneccessarily harsh, self inflicted drama, it made me squirm for them, and myself, at that age.The author perfectly captures the shame women, especially young women, have about their bodies the swimsuit coverups, the towels wrapped around waists, the baggy clothing used to hide themselves Lindsey is very large breasted, which brings her a lot of unwanted male attention It also brings her unwarranted female resentment There is nothing she can do to stop it I didn t have a close girlfriend who was endowed with extremely large breasts, until I was 30 I remember being shocked by the way men reacted to her We would go out for drinks and they would not leave her alone, they practically salivated over her and made sexually charged innuendos I had never seen this dynamic played out before and I was shocked by it All that unwanted attention made me realize how thankful I was NOT to be big breasted My girlfriend had had years to learn how to navigate what was her unavoidable reality inappropriate sexual comments and touches by strangers, CONSTANTLY This is Lindsey s reality, and she is just learning to navigate it She is constantly jockeying her physical environment to keep men from making a move on her, or otherwise doing or saying something inappropriate She already knowsthat they will be embarrassed by it later, and will ultimately resent her, or blame her either for rejecting them, making tbem feel foolish, or both.There is no shortage of pitfalls when it comes to being young and female this author nails it.Now for the bad SOMEONE ELSES SECRET is slow Its based on emotion There is very little action Some of it feels repetetive All that inner turmoil gets tiresome it is almost entirely about the complicated inner lives, angst and out of proportion realistic, just not all that interesting turmoil experienced by two likeable, realistic characters, over one hot summer spent on Martha s Vineyard As most people already know, hanging out with teenage girls gets old pretty darn quick I liked the book, but I didn t love it. Complex Coming of Age StoryThis is a complex story, really a tale of two young women coming of age whose lives become enmeshed in a way that neither of them could have seen The older one just graduated from college with an art degree she takes her job as a nanny over the summer in the hopes that the family she is working for will help her get her foot in the door in the art world The younger girl is the teenage daughter of that family who appears to be going through some typical rebellious teenage angst and has a need for independence and romance The relationship between these two is complex even from the beginning, and that shifts when they go through an event that changes both of them and their relationship The author s description of the setting was so evocative that I could imagine myself being there I did feel like the author had too much of an information dump at the beginning of the story that certainly slowed it down I really do like it when authors weave backstory and motivations naturally into a story rather than just dumping it at all the beginning The writing at times did feel a little dense, with long paragraphs of description and narrative that weren t broken up with dialogue and action But I m glad I stuck with the book as it truly did turn into a page turning read as I wanted to see what would happen with these characters and The story is certainly about coming of age as well as integrity, choices, and courage The characterization is on point and complex the young women are believable and relatable I thought the author did well showing how nuanced female relationships could be, even between relatively young women The plot felt predictable in the beginning, but then surprised me at times as the book moved on Truly, a compelling, page turning read.I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.My book blog The only thing that I feel I can say is that this book left me wantingI went into reading it thinking it was going to be a quick beach read, when in actuality it is so muchthan that While it still has that quick pace and catchy writing that keeps you engaged, it is an ideal story with characters that span multiple age groups from the overwhelming angst of a teenager to the complex emotional lives of adults It s an incredibly thoughtful and intelligent book, and the story is relevant to many different age groups I love books that focus on the characters and their relationships beyond just the plot of the book It leaves you wanting to knowabout these relationships,about Georgie and her mother andabout Lindsey and Georgie Through her writing, Julia Spiro has an amazing ability to bring her characters to life and Someone Else s Secret is a great example of the power of writing that allows readers to feel and empathize with the characters Not to mention it is also a PAGE TURNING, plot twisting story that is realistic and relevant to our lives today with blurred lines, lines crossed and everything in between The story itself is so relatable, and you will quickly be swept away to the island of Martha s Vineyard It s so hard to describe in an eloquent way how one feels about traumatic life experiences and how they bury them deep within themselves and Julia did just that in this story like a relic never to be found. 4.5 stars Georgie is a teenager from a well to do family, and while spending the summer on Martha s Vineyard, she hopes to becomeindependent, make new friends, and find young love Lindsey is fresh out of college and dreams of landing a job in the art world In the meantime, she accepts a job as a nanny for a family who could help her get her foot in the door at a Boston art gallery Sounds perfect, right Lindsey and Georgie develop a bit of rocky friendship as the summer progresses, but one night changes everything and neither one of them speaks of it againuntil 10 years later But is it too late for justice This was a great summer read, and it reminded me a lot of summers spent in Cape Cod with my family I thought Georgie and Lindsey were great characters, and I found a lot in common between the two young women The situations they found themselves in were real and relatable though at times difficult to read because of the subject matter , and I thought the way they responded emotionally to those experiences was spot on for their levels of maturity Great character development Highly recommend I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Someone Else s Secret by Julia Spiro is an excellent book that takes the reader through a wild ride that is a decade in the making from beginning to end We first see Lindsey as a young, fresh, and honestly naive graduate that is working as a nanny on Martha s Vineyard after undergrad She befriends the 15 y o Georgie and it seems all is glitzy, glamorous, and ideal as one would see the privileged and elite through unknowing and rose colored glasses if one was an outsider Soon we realize along with Lindsey that there are dark, troubling torrents of undercurrent present that leads to a traumatic event that stuns and alters both of their lives forever We finally see the eventual outcome and I feel a satisfying ending but do not want to give anything else away ten years later This is a book that kept me drawn in until the very last page My heart was racing, especially in the last few pages It is a book that covers friendship, secrets, ambition, and the fight good and just over hurt and wrong It is not an easy read at times, but definitely worth the journey.5 5 starsThank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts as of 4 3 a listing for BB is not available immediately and will post it to myand BN accounts upon publication.
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