Synopsis: "Back in fifth grade, Micah Knight got an Amish pen pal, and over the years, they've exchanged many letters--and many secrets. At age seventeen, Micah finally has the chance to meet her pen pal face-to-face. The only problem is that because of confusion about her name when the pen pals were assigned, her pen pal was a boy, Zack Miller. And all this time, Micah's never told Zack that she's actually a girl! While she wants nothing more than to experience life on Zack's Amish farm, she's afraid he'll hate her for deceiving him all these years. But she makes up her mind to face the music--and that's where the fun really begins. Bestselling author Melody Carlson brings young adults another fascinating tale of worlds colliding, secrets being revealed, and friendships forming. Teens will love this story of miscommunication and mishaps along the way to the truth."
Aaah .. what a cute novel! I really enjoyed reading this book after reading the first chapter. I haven't read Christian fiction in years now, I usually stayed away from it because I'm not Christian. I'm glad I started reading more into Christian fiction now, the concept of this novel is actually brilliant. I knew I would like it after reading the synopsis!
- I liked both of the characters Zach and Micah, there wasn't really anything I disliked about them. I wanted both of them to work out their relationship. They're both smart, hard working, brave, and sweet. I didn't like Zach's mother at all, she just seemed grimy towards Micah especially. This is a clean and a sweet YA novel, I absolutely loved it! It's a coming of age story of two teens who are struggling to do what's right for them.
- I find the Amish lifestyle fascinating, I learned much more than I already knew through this book. In Trading Secrets, Micah is a girl who's pen pal is an Amish male name Zach. They're unaware of what the other one looks like. The real issue is Zach thinks she's a boy, and Micah doesn't correct him because he's Amish and afraid he'll stop talking to her because she's a girl.
- I read this book in one setting, I couldn't put it down once I put it down. I'm glad there was more to this novel than Micah not telling the truth. The build up in Zach's and Micah's relationship was cute. I was hoping for more love though.
- The novel is well written and engages the reader. The food descriptions in this novel made me hungry throughout the book. Trading Secrets is a great read, however, if you're into learning more about cultures - don't just read a book, visit the actual residence of the Amish, like I have in the past. I enjoyed reading this novel, and I didn't find anything that flawed - I don't think this novel needed a sequel though. The ending was an open note, so I'm hoping there is a sequel for this book.
I have so many questions that are left answered. This novel would be a perfect 5 stars for me - adding it to my favorites! I look forward to more of the author's work.
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Disclosure: Review copy was sent free of charge from Revell Reads Book Tour in exchange for an honest review.
“What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” —Aristotle