The status quo was perfect for fraternal twins Nadio and Noelle, and Noelle’s best friend Keeley until the summer before junior year. Keeley spent the summer at Oxford and when she returns, Nadio falls in love with her. Noelle, angered, sees Keeley as an ungrateful rich girl and dives into a destructive, secretive affair with an older boy. More secrets build as Nadio and Keeley hide their romance Noelle. And Keeley has a painful story that she can’t tell yet. Presented by dual narrators in a haunting stream of memories, this is a deeply moving story of a friendship undergoing a stressful transition against a dramatic backdrop of family, sex, suicide and secrets.
Publisher’s Weekly “This compelling first novel is structured as a confessional, with 15-year-old Noelle and her twin brother, Nadio, alternately telling their sides of a story… The story’s appeal lies mainly in its unveiling of secrets, but Stone also offers insight into feelings of jealousy and lust. Noelle’s growing bitterness is clearly defined, as is Nadio’s chilling realization that he possesses the same animal instinct as a boy who sexually assaulted Keely in England (Just for one second, I knew what he felt like. That’s the part I can’t get rid of).”
New York Times Bestselling Author, Carrie Jones
“Intense and lyrical, Heather Duffy Stone’s story about transformations wrenches the heart and then puts it back together again, stronger and better for having read this book.”
“A sharp writer, Stone’s central triangle of relationships is both strong and universal, and her details are authentic. . . she alternates between the twins’ viewpoints and eschews quotation marks in paragraphs that sometimes read as poetry… [and] feel painfully realistic; Often impressive is the amount of hope and anguish contained within single words of dialogue—“Hey” has rarely felt so heavy.”
“Twins Nadio and Noelle have always shared a close bond, but part of what held them together, their friend Keeley, now keeps them apart. When Keeley returns from a summer abroad, both Noelle and Nadio are forced to redefine their relationships with each other and with their friend. Told in alternating chapters from the point of view of each twin, this story reveals the destructive secrets that each harbors and the redemptive power of their love for one another. . . the story is powerful and engaging and worthy of attention.”
“. . . this is one of the most offbeat books I’ve read in a long time. It’s written in a way I haven’t come across yet in YA–where there are no quotations marks in the dialogue. (Which, no, I didn’t have any problems with. I don’t mind quirks like this, and the whole textual silence correlated with the theme and accentuated the poignancy of the overall product.). . . the writing just disappeared while I was reading. I don’t know why, but there was no barrier between me and the characters and their lives. Seriously, this has never happened to me before, or if it has, I don’t remember, which kind of defeats the purpose. I doubt I’ll forget this, at any rate. . . a most unusual novel. Quiet and intense, two qualities enhanced by its stylistic silence, this is a book that grows, expands, by a million-fold from first page to last. It’s literary, in a way. I have a feeling it’ll stick with me.”