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Initial reaction I feel guilty for saying that I looked forward to this novel because even for the respective thematic of a cheating relationship possibly occurring and other issues the narrative had to offer, I still think this had the potential to be something beyond a cliched, shallow presentation of insufferable teens who had very few things to like about them I ll admit there were moments in the narrative that when isolated in and of themselves were cute But where was the foundation Initial reaction I feel guilty for saying that I looked forward to this novel because even for the respective thematic of a cheating relationship possibly occurring and other issues the narrative had to offer, I still think this had the potential to be something beyond a cliched, shallow presentation of insufferable teens who had very few things to like about them I ll admit there were moments in the narrative that when isolated in and of themselves were cute But where was the foundation to this novel I couldn t feel any of the purported emotions associated with this It s incredibly shallow and I felt like I was missing a lot of emotional resonance with it.Don t get me started on the very easy resolution this novel had for the novel s purported biggest conflict It didn t work I was not convinced at all of the reality, development, or identity of this Threadbare, if not nonexistent Full review Short version this book was a mess An underdeveloped, selfish, undermining mess How a book could screw up such a great idea is something I honestly don t understand If there were something I d tell the author directly, I would say Great ideas, but the narrative does absolutely nothing to develop them at all choosing instead to focus on petty measures and lendto cliches rather than developing the heart of the characters and issues chosen to address And it s not the subjects themselves that are derivative, it s the chosen presentation And with what was chosen to present, it didn t go far enough But maybe that s something I can say about my experiences reading Amanda Grace so far I ve read a total of three of her narratives, one of which The Truth About You and Me I thought was okay, but saw the narrative style didn t work for what it was trying to accomplish I hated In Too Deep , because for the gravity of the subject matter and the level of complexity the narrative had to offer for its thematic, the execution was terrible and actually undermined its respective illuminations No One Needs to Know really dropped the ball for the promise of the narrative, falling in line with the weaknesses of the aforementioned works It takes a number of very interesting scenarios examining the growing distance in the relationship between twin siblings, has a young woman who s caught in a love triangle between said twins and contemplates cheating, developing a GLBT relationship and establishing the value acceptance in that sexuality, etc But to say this was a mediocre work is actually an understatement, to be blunt about it Granted, I know that these are teenagers who are notably flawed in personality who go through some rough patches in their respective relationships, but seriously These characters were selfish brats and I had absolutely very little to no reason to care about them None I had a feeling since there was very little tying me to the plight of these teens from the beginning based on the presentation of their personalities that the experience would be rough, but I stuck with it patiently, waiting to see where it would go The narrative toggles between two first person perspectives Olivia and Zoey Olivia and Liam, her twin brother, are very well off financially and purportedly have had a close relationship I identified with this because I am myself a fraternal twin But the struggle with Olivia and Liam is that their respective relationship is growing apart Liam is steadily doingthings with his circle of friends and trying to grow up from his sister this is later revealed in the narrative as it goes along He even forgets to meet with her and leaves her hanging one night they were supposed to go to the movies Olivia also struggles with her own ideals of perfectionism and determining what she wants in life She s a gymnast with so much potential as she s told in the narrative, but there are times when she s shown to screw up and berate herself for such measures which, admittedly is realistic She s high anxiety and takes Xanax from time to time to manage her anxiety You might be thinking at this point Uh, Rose, there s nothing wrong with that set up at all that s a great establishment for a character in a teen novel I would be inclined to agree with that if Grace s presentation of the character didn t make Olivia seem like the most unlikable, self indulgent, prejudiced brat walking in the scheme of the story More on that later Olivia meets Zoey at one of the oddest possible times notably a contentious restroom confrontation Zoey is a young woman with her own problems she s poor, her younger sister s being bullied while others turn a blind eye, her mother can t afford to move to a different neighborhood Zoey is also known as the boyfriend stealing slut considering a social fallout that happened at school But the way Zoey acts makes her seem self entitled and heavily judgmental It s a quality that both Olivia and Zoey seem to share despite their respective backgrounds, and the two seem very prejudiced against each other for that despite the fact that they have to work together for a school project Again, the set up isn t so much the bad part as it was the way that the author chose to execute this Even when Liam ends up taking an interest in Zoey upon their meeting one night, much of the way the novel presents this is very threadbare I didn t see what Liam saw in Zoey, nor the reverse And Zoey and Olivia s relationship is supposedly like hate, but it was difficult to see much beyond their hatred and prejudices against their respective lifestyles, especially at first A lot of unnecessary drama and petty conflicts are shown its hard to connect to the characters in that sense or find things that humanize them Between the girl girl hate, rampant slut shaming not just on the part of what Zoey experiences, but Olivia even slut shames her own brother for his relationships, which made me angry and attention given to that, I almost wanted to throw up my hands and ask why because it felt like it was glorifying those details rather than focusing on the conflict or making it have any kind of realistic approach beyond drama I tried to give it the benefit of the doubt to say that maybe these characters would have some kind of coming to terms later on for their differences, so I moved forward The narrative drags for well over half the novel before getting to the moment where Olivia and Zoey actually do begin a relationship that s suggestive of somethingbetween them and oddly, it s weird that the narrative took that long to get to that point considering its the main focus of the premise it took too long Too far too long to get to that point probably around 60 to 70% of the novel it seemed like There are moments of tolerance that are shown for each girl s lifestyles, but again it wasn t just that it was cliched and threadbare, it was also very understated and undeveloped There s a distinct lack of character motivation and thought behind some of these crucial moments, whether it s each girl finally coming to terms with the differences between them for lifestyle, or it s the rationale for their affections toward each other The latter is one thing that I don t think came across well in this novel at all The issue of identity and sexuality and thoughts emotions behind that was almost completely skipped in this novel Not even really addressed It s like a lightbulb turned on in each of the character s heads and they suddenly decided they liked each other On another hand and I found this quite problematic it s like the acknowledgement of Zoey s respective affections toward Olivia came across only after she acknowledged her history as a slut who stole other people s boyfriends, and Olivia s affections only came across after she realized her jealousy in Zoey s competing interest for her brother s attention as they grew apart If this connection were made in conjunction with these teenssubstantive discoveries of their respective sexuality and identities maybe that would givecontext and meaning, but again, the sexuality and identity issue wasn t even really addressed in this novel It was instalove city, suddenly the girls were like I don t hate you any, I love you, and it just came out of nowhere almost There was very little substantial build up to that relationship What happened after that was a cascade of events that felt like lightbulb switches going off and on just upon a whim to make the relationship that much easier to see the resolution for And it sucks because I think that should ve beenof the focus of the narrative than all that time spent on the girls petty rivalry that was suddenly subverted so far along into the novel There was plenty potential of conflict for not just the girls coming to terms with their own sexuality internally, but also for developing that over time outside of the drama The girls aren t all that likable in personality to begin with and seem to throw away opportunities carelessly at the drop of a hat case in point, the way Olivia drops gymnastics I appreciated that Grace wanted to show that Olivia realizing it wasn t pertinent to her life, but the way it was done was so dismissive Liam really didn t have much of a role in this novel, and like the girls personalities, his was very threadbare one dimensional to the girls two dimensions Liam wasof a setpiece that was conveniently thrown in as a resolution for where it suited the situation, whether it was for getting Olivia to realize she was being too clingy and had to come into her own person, or for essentially handing off his relationship with Zoey to Olivia when he discovered they were having one under his nose It wasn t right, despite the numerous times this narrative tried to convince me it felt right for repetition alone There are so many stronger GLBT narratives out there that don t perpetuate problematic stereotypes and develop meaningful relationships between the characters that feel whole and welcoming without pandering just for the sake of convenience I felt really underwhelmed with this book, even offended that it chose to omit so many important issues in the dialogue the book s blurb and beautiful cover suggested As I mentioned in one of my status updates while reading this work, if two words about this narrative came to mind petty and shallow would cover it There was very little in the way of character intimacy, motivation, or development to be had in this novel, and I honestly think delving into that further, sans cliches and convenient plot points, could ve made itbelievable Not recommended I d honestly try some of K.E Payne s or Malinda Lo s works, and even Nancy Garden s Annie on My Mind as better examples of literature in this genre that don t feel so gimmicky and undermining of the measures developed within as well as pertinent to the problems teens face not just in their daily lives, but relationships Overall score 0.5 5 stars Note I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher Flux I ve enjoyed books by Mandy Hubbard Amanda Grace is a psuedonym and I try to read and review as much LGBTQ YA fiction as possible But I must admit, I found the synopsis of NO ONE NEEDS TO KNOW somewhat off putting Basically, Olivia falls for Zoey, who is dating her twin brother Liam I am not a fan of cheating stories, and it seemed like it would be a huge betrayal.Surprisingly, Grace pulled it off The attraction between the girls grew in a subtle, organic way and there wasn t crazy hurtfu I ve enjoyed books by Mandy Hubbard Amanda Grace is a psuedonym and I try to read and review as much LGBTQ YA fiction as possible But I must admit, I found the synopsis of NO ONE NEEDS TO KNOW somewhat off putting Basically, Olivia falls for Zoey, who is dating her twin brother Liam I am not a fan of cheating stories, and it seemed like it would be a huge betrayal.Surprisingly, Grace pulled it off The attraction between the girls grew in a subtle, organic way and there wasn t crazy hurtful drama I would ve preferred no cheating at all, but I didn t find it terrible.When NO ONE NEEDS TO KNOW starts, Zoey and Olivia are fiercely arguing with each other after being paired together for a school project Olivia thinks Zoey always believes the worst of people, that they remember and care deeply about the rumors about her Zoey thinks Olivia is a mean girl, along with her best friend As the story goes on, both girls learn how wrong their impressions about each other were, because there s a lotto people than the surface At the same time, they each realize that the other girl was pretty right about their faults, and they both take steps to grow.There are lots of other traits to Zoey and Olivia, often opposing Zoey has a tight knit but poor family Olivia and Liam are rich, but their parents are never home and Liam is drifting apart from Olivia as he grows up and tries to find himself It s a bit simplistic, but it works because NO ONE NEEDS TO KNOW is really short The balance gets the themes across elegantly.I thought NO ONE NEEDS TO KNOW was a sweet little read It s a lovely YA romance with two likeable heroines and great character growth There are a bunch of cliches, but Grace does a good job of finding the depth beneath the surface, just like Olivia and Zoey.You might also like 3.5 starsI d consider thisof a light YA LGBT read It s a classic opposites attract, rich vs poor girl, romance that doesn t go particularly deep The conflict in the storycomes from two girls of different classes developing affection for each other and overcoming their preconceived notions There is a love triangle of sorts but since Zoey and Liam only get to a like level while Zoey and Olivia go deeper it s not too big of a monkey wrench When it comes to sexuality, the internal 3.5 starsI d consider thisof a light YA LGBT read It s a classic opposites attract, rich vs poor girl, romance that doesn t go particularly deep The conflict in the storycomes from two girls of different classes developing affection for each other and overcoming their preconceived notions There is a love triangle of sorts but since Zoey and Liam only get to a like level while Zoey and Olivia go deeper it s not too big of a monkey wrench When it comes to sexuality, the internal struggles are minimal and there s not even an coming out story arc Each lead doesn t even label their sexualities or ponder what it means to have an attraction to a girl suddenly which makes both leads bi Regardless, it was an entertaining enough read that has a positive outcome I liked the characters and the romance aspect was very PG A bit too simple for me but an okay read overall Oh my god, a love triangle involving boy girl twins This should be interesting. I really enjoyed this book It was different than what I expected It s a simple and sweet contemporary read that focusses mostly on family relationships with a sprinkle of romance It talked about Zoey and Olivia s socioeconomic differences Olivia hails from a wealthy family and Zoey from a poorer one It delves into Zoey s uncertainty about the future because of the weight of responsibility she has to her family Which I thought were all very realistic concerns It delved into Olivia and Liam I really enjoyed this book It was different than what I expected It s a simple and sweet contemporary read that focusses mostly on family relationships with a sprinkle of romance It talked about Zoey and Olivia s socioeconomic differences Olivia hails from a wealthy family and Zoey from a poorer one It delves into Zoey s uncertainty about the future because of the weight of responsibility she has to her family Which I thought were all very realistic concerns It delved into Olivia and Liam s relationship as siblings and children to absent parents I felt that the way it was explored and talked about was not in a juvenile way Olivia s anxiety and Liam s loneliness were very real and heartfelt Lastly was the romantic triangle between the siblings and Zoey I felt that the feelings between Zoey and Olivia came about a little awkwardly I feel like there needed to betime given to see it occurseamlessly Forthan half the book I thought they were just going to remain friends with occasional thought about somethingIt wasn t a mind blowing read but if you want to easy into some contemporary reading, whether your new to this genre or you need a palette cleanser, you will enjoy this one for sure I think that what I loved about this book might be some of the reasons that people have been rating it lower This is not a deep novel, this is not another painful LGBTQ teen novel with everything being horrible forever.No, this book is everything you d expect from a light YA novel, just with f f romance Seriously And that s what I was looking for Personally, it s nice to be able to read a book about the kind of romance I want without being lambasted with Oh no, she s a lady, how can I love I think that what I loved about this book might be some of the reasons that people have been rating it lower This is not a deep novel, this is not another painful LGBTQ teen novel with everything being horrible forever.No, this book is everything you d expect from a light YA novel, just with f f romance Seriously And that s what I was looking for Personally, it s nice to be able to read a book about the kind of romance I want without being lambasted with Oh no, she s a lady, how can I love her ANGST Maybe that s true for a lot of people, but this is fiction, and it doesn t always have to be that way Besides, it s a short book, and I wasinterested in Olivia discovering who she wanted to be, and Liam trying to navigate his relationship with his sister, and Zoey dealing with the aftermath of bulling and her sister experiencing a different kind of bullying , and misconceptions, and none of the stupid fighting that often characterizes YA novels Olivia and Zoey may have had some angst, but at least both of them understood what was going on Honestly, the only reason I m not giving this five stars, is that the beginning is a little weird I look forward to readingby Amanda Grace .FREE BOOK ⚇ No One Needs to Know ♼ Sometimes, the cost of love is too steepOlivia 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 backBut 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 her brother or herself 3.5 starsThis was a sweet contemporary read with a lovely romance, but it was a rare instance of a book actually being too short I wanted it to be longer and I think it needed to be longer and if it had been I think I d have been looking at something approaching a five star read.Liam and Olivia are twins and had always been inseparable until Liam joined a different school They start to drift apart and Olivia has to compete for Liam s attention and by driving away his girlfriends This is until 3.5 starsThis was a sweet contemporary read with a lovely romance, but it was a rare instance of a book actually being too short I wanted it to be longer and I think it needed to be longer and if it had been I think I d have been looking at something approaching a five star read.Liam and Olivia are twins and had always been inseparable until Liam joined a different school They start to drift apart and Olivia has to compete for Liam s attention and by driving away his girlfriends This is until Zoey comes on the scene, and Olivia has to decide who deserves happinessher or her brother.There was a good lead up to the romance and I liked that Olivia and Zoey were friends first and then realised their feelings for each other There were so many good aspects to this book I liked the writing style, which was concise and non waffley, I liked the characters, I liked the story arc I just neededbackground andactual plot.Another odd thing I thought was that this was a novel about two bisexual girls I m assuming they were bi both mention being with boys before they were with each other , only the B Word never gets mentioned Like, not once It would have been great if this book had have explored the girls sexual identity a bit.Likewise, I got that Olivia really missed hanging out with Liam like they used to, but only because she kept saying it I needed to have a bitbackground into their relationship Twins have a really fascinating dynamic and this could have been explored a bitLiam didn t get enough of a look in and he was a character that would have been worth expanding.All in all an okay read, if you want something quite light and flim flam where you don t have to concentrate too much The book was well written But the book was kind of Flat..Maybe the first quarter part of the book was kind of engaging but when they came at the stage of liking each other there was no question to their sexaulity or confusion for their feelings which is very unrealistic in the age of 18 and you never had an attraction to same sex It COULD BE GOOD Istyria book blog B s world of enchanted booksOh this book is so wonderful When I saw it on Netgalley, I instantly requested it and even though it wouldn t release for months, I had a feeling I just needed to read it immediately I didn t care about the fact that I wouldn t be able to put up the full review yet Okay, I could have, but since it would be such a long time before the book s release, it wouldn t have had much use And I m so glad I didn t wait to read it I loved this book No One Istyria book blog B s world of enchanted booksOh this book is so wonderful When I saw it on Netgalley, I instantly requested it and even though it wouldn t release for months, I had a feeling I just needed to read it immediately I didn t care about the fact that I wouldn t be able to put up the full review yet Okay, I could have, but since it would be such a long time before the book s release, it wouldn t have had much use And I m so glad I didn t wait to read it I loved this book No One Needs To Know is about Olivia and Zoey Two totally different people Olivia is a perfectionist and seems to be a rich snob Zoey works after school and in the weekends to help her mom pay the bills When they re paired together for an essay, it seems like it won t be easy for them But then Zoey starts going out with her twin brother and they spend a lottime together than originally planned Somethings starts to grown between them More than friendship Her brother seems to like Zoey a lotthan all the other girls he s had and she s faced with the choice of who deserves happinessHer brother or herself.When you read the blurb, it sounds not that great, right And you d expect a love triangle too But it wasn t like that at all It was so amazing The romance was so sweet and cute and it s not insta love either Olivia and Zoey don t even like each other in the beginning But Zoey starts going out with Liam, Olivia s twin brother, and they spend time together and they become friends and ultimatelyAnd it s so beautifully done I was sighing and swooning the entire time.What I did not expect was how engaging this book would be It pulled me in and didn t let me go This is one of those books were you say onechapter and then suddenly your an hour and a few chapters later and still reading Unable to put it down This one kept me up until 2am, then I forced myself to go to sleep because I was very tired And that s a very good thing, in a way When a book keeps you up like that It means it s a pretty fantastic book.I ll admit the characters are a bit cliche and stereotype ish And the story is a bit predictable too But I didn t care I just loved all of it so much It doesn t even count as a negative thing in this book For me, it made it that much better Olivia was so sweet and caring Yeah she has a need to be perfect, but that s because she was raised that way too She has her flaws, but so does Zoey They may be stereotypes and the story might be predictable, but they re still very likeable and the story is amazing I connected with both of them and I rooted for them And the end was exactly what I wanted it to be No One Needs to Know is a swoon worthy, romantic and fun contemporary book It s another great LGBT book that I loved and I would recommend it to everyone I hope you all love it just as much as I did And I m going to keep my eye out for future books of this author