March 1, 2009
This book has possibly the most appropriate cover of any of the books I've read lately. It's a simple image, but could really apply to any of the three main characters (and the title).
Fifteen-year-old twins Nadio and Noelle and Noelle's best friend Keeley have always been 'three' for as long as they can remember. Nadio, Noelle and their mother live in the gatehoues of Keeley and her parent's house (they're professor's and their mother works at the college bookstore). The three have grown up together, but now for the first time, they've spent the summer apart.
Keeley joins her parents in Oxford, England for the entire summer while Noelle and Nadio stay home, Noelle taking a job at the local ice cream stand.
Things change, new friends are made, new relationships started....and new secrets kept.
When the three finally come back together things are very, very different and they're different. (The Amazon summaries have a lot more information in them but they also give a lot more of the story--some that happens more than half way through--so that's why I'm not including it.)
It's the story of the three of them learning how to be who they are now and how to be that together and not just who they have always been when they were together every second of every day. Then, there are their secrets and the potentially dark roads they can lead the three down.
It's a true, harsh look at teenage life and what happens when we make choices we don't expect we'll ever make...that those that know us best don't expect we'll ever make.
This Is What I Want to Tell You is the story of three best friends seeing if, after one fateful summer and it's events, if they can still be best friends...I think to really say any more than that would take away from potential enjoyment of this fantastic story. It doesn't downplay any of the nasty side effects and the teenagers don't act the way sdults think teenagers act about sex and drugs and school and life but, I think, the way teens actually do---or in a believeable way.
It's a very enjoyable book and I do hope that Heather Duffy Stone writes another of its calibar.
10/10 because I really can't find anything to mark it down for