Jac Reviews: Trading Secrets by Melody Carlson

by Jac on January 7, 2015

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Jac Reviews: Trading Secrets by Melody CarlsonTrading Secrets by Melody Carlson
Published by Baker Publishing Group on 2014-10-21
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian, Fiction
Pages: 288
Source: Netgalley
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.

Every once in awhile I’m in the mood for an Amish story, although I rarely request them from Netgalley. But the idea of an English/Amish penpal situation? That was intriguing, so I couldn’t help myself!!

Micah and Zach have a pretty neat friendship. They’ve been penpals for six years! (Seriously – Six years? I don’t stick with anything for that long, so AWESOME!) And they’ve never met, and have no real idea what the other looks like – in fact? Zach thinks Micah is a boy. (This is something I really struggle with — the fact that Micah didn’t tell him sooner!)

Beyond just Micah and Zach though? I loved the relationships formed. I loved Micah’s family, and even his frigid mom had a lot that she added to this story! (And his sister Katy is a hoot!) My only real complaint is that I felt like we were left hanging at the end on a lot of levels. Although, I suppose that would be how it would end if it were real. We’d never really know the other half of the story, so I suppose I’m ok with that.

While this book isn’t exactly realistic (at least I can’t imagine so) it’s still a fun, quick read if you’re fascinated by the Amish culture! There was much more “English” twist to this one than most of the Amish books I’ve read, bu it was a lot of fun none the less!


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