Review: Trading Secrets by Melody Carlson

I always thought it would be interesting to spend a week living like the Amish do. There is something appealing about being so disconnected from everything except for family and your community. The same values would be mostly accepted and practiced by everyone and when someone needed help, others are willing to step in. On the other hand, I would miss our modern amenities. But that’s one of the wonderful things about reading books–they allow us to experience the better parts of some of these things.

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**I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review**

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.

Trading Secrets was a fast and enjoyable read. While the plot is pretty straightforward, Melody Carlson definitely included some unexpected curves on the way to the final page of the story.

As characters, Micah and Zach are both quite fun. They both come off as fairly authentic. My only problem was that they both seemed to be much older acting than what they actually were. It often felt like reading about college age individuals and then there would be some sort of high school references.

The novel also had some nice thoughts regarding prayer and faith. It was interesting seeing how these tones were demonstrated in both in Zach’s family and then later between Micah and her father- and how they could learn from one another.

Overall I liked the book, though I might have liked it better when I was in high school. I could see this being the perfect read for a teenage girl.


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