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This Is What I Want to Tell You


Fraternal twins Nadio and Noelle share a close connection—and as Noelle’s best friend, Keeley Shipley fit perfectly into their world. But everything changes when Nadio falls in love with Keeley. This is the deeply moving story of how secrets can consume a friendship—and how love can heal it.

Format: Ebook
ISBN: 9780738722740
Publisher: Flux
Tags:  Reading Level: Grades 9-12, Interest Level: Grades 9-12, Family

Nadio and his twin sister, Noelle, always had a unique bond. And somehow, Keeley Shipley fit perfectly into their world. But when Keeley spends the summer in England, she comes home changed, haunted by a dark memory. As she and Nadio fall in love, they try to hide it from Noelle, who’s jealously guarding a secret of her own. Slowly, a life-long friendship begins to crack under the crushing weight of past trauma, guarded secrets, jealousy, obsession . . . and an unexpected love that could destroy them.

“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.” — Carrie Jones, author of Need Friendship, love, and unexpected secrets

Copyright: 2009
Page Count: 240
ATOS: 3.9
Rights Territory: Worldwide
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Siblings
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship

Heather Duffy Stone writes stories and essays that are mostly inspired by high school—either her own or someone else’s. This Is What I Want to Tell You is her first novel. She has lived in Vermont, England, Los Angeles, rural New York and Rome, Italy. For now she cooks, sleeps, explores, writes and teaches in Brooklyn, New York.

Reviews and Awards

“A sharp writer, Stone’s central triangle of relationships is both strong and universal, and her details are authentic.” —Booklist

“Stone does a good job of voicing the angst and confused feelings of the twins in this appealing rite-of-passage story.” — VOYA

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