Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: No One Needs to Know by Amanda Grace

No One Needs to Know by Amanda Grace
Series: Standalone
Published: September 8th, 2014
Publisher: Flux
240 pages (eARC)
Genre: Contemporary young adult/LGBT
Acquired this book: From the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Warning: May contain spoilers
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Olivia's twin brother, Liam, has been her best friend her whole life. But when he starts dating, Olivia is left feeling alone, so she tries to drive away Liam's girlfriends in an effort to get her best friend back.

But she meets her match in Zoey, Liam's latest fling. A call-it-like-she-sees-it kind of girl, Zoey sees right through Olivia's tricks. What starts as verbal sparring between the two changes into something different, however, as they share their deepest insecurities and learn they have a lot in common. Olivia falls for Zoey, believing her brother could never get serious with her. But when Liam confesses that he's in love with Zoey, Olivia has to decide who deserves happiness more: her brother or herself?

I really enjoyed No One Needs to Know. Olivia and Zoey were both complex characters, and I enjoyed their separate stories, and also how their lives intertwined. There was a part of me that knew I should be upset because cheating isn’t okay, and a love triangle involving twin brother and sister should be weird, but…I just couldn’t get too upset over it. I knew it was wrong, and I wouldn’t condone it in real life, but somehow it worked for the purpose of the book.

Olivia and Zoey weren’t what they seemed - to each other or to themselves. They were stuck in the roles they thought they had to play, for whatever reason, and didn’t know or think they could be anything different. They seemed like the typical snotty rich/mean girl, and the ‘charity case’ with a chip on her shoulder. And while they did fit into those roles at times, they were both so much more. They learned a lot about themselves and each other through the course of the book, and I really enjoyed watching their growth. I loved seeing how they surprised each other, and how that surprise turned into admiration and then something more.

No One Needs to Know had a bit of everything. There were sweet, touching moments, funny moments, romantic moments, moments that made me mad (usually on behalf of one of the characters), and moments that made me nod my head in approval as I watched the girls evolve. This book won’t be for everyone - I’ve already seen people saying they had major issues with the love triangle - but I found it entertaining and compelling. 
{Read my review of The Truth About You and Me}

Have you read No One Needs to Know? What did you think? If you haven't read it, do you plan to? How do you feel about love triangles? What's your favourite LGBT book?

1 comment:

  1. I'm not a fan of love triangles, but it's awesome to see a LGBT with girls. I see so many where the characters are boys! Good find, Marie. =D


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