By: Celine | July 19, 2014 | (20) Comments

Review: No One Needs to Know by Amanda GraceNo One Needs to Know by Amanda Grace
Publisher: Flux
Release Date: August 1st, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, GLBT, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Sometimes, the cost of love is too steep.

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?

No One Needs to Know is a cute and fluffy read, but it’s not much more than that. I still thoroughly enjoyed it, though. Its premise immediately grabbed me, because I’m a sucker for LGBT books. This was just too good to pass up. Just look at that synopsis! And it really did deliver on that front, which made me happy.

Told in dual POVs, No One Needs to Know tells the story of Olivia and Zoey, whose lives are somewhat of a contrast. Olivia lives a privileged life in a big house and with plenty of money, though she hardly sees her parents. Zoey is poor, works double shifts at the local fastfood restaurant and sees her mother struggle to pull through every day. At the beginning of the book, the two aren’t exactly friends, but in a slighlty clichΓ©-y turn of events, they get paired up together for a school project. And the rest. as they say, is history.

I really enjoyed seeing their relationship develop. They definitely had their share of cute and meaningful moments, and a couple of those moments left me grinning. They’re a cute couple, even when they had to overcome their differences. What I thought really refreshing was the total acceptance of them being gay. There are a lot of books out there dealing with the confusion and insecurities that come with finding out you’re gay, which is great! Those books are very important and portray what most gay teens go through. However, No One Needs to Know had a completely different approach to it: it’s just a fact of life, something normal.

What did puzzle me, though, was the bit in the synopsis where it mentioned that Olivia would have to choose between her brother’s happiness and her own. It seemed as though this would be a prominent part in the novel, but it was anything but. There was a little conflict, yes, but it was very easily solved and not nearly as dramatic as the synopsis made it out to be.

What surprised me was the way Grace managed to touch upon another issue: the division between the poor and the rich. How completely different two lives in the same town can be. I also loved how Zoey accepted gifts from Olivia, but how it wasn’t Olivia’s money that really helped her out in the end: it was a result of hard work and persistance.

Despite this, though, No One Needs to Know isn’t the place to come looking if you’re searching for some depth. It’s fun and fluffy, but doesn’t really go any deeper than that. You’ll find no life-shattering revelations in here. However, I didn’t really mind because it was cute and fluffy, and that was exactly what I needed right now.

With a solid LGBT relationship, No One Needs to Know is not to be missed if you’re looking for a fun and cute contemporary with a little twist.


3.5 Stars
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Celine is 17 years old and from the Netherlands. Quite obviously, she loves books! She has been a reader for as long as she can remember, and she believes she will be a reader forever. Celine is also obsessed with food, and loves singing along to music as loud as possible, dancing and doodling on nearly everything.

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20 Responses to Review: No One Needs to Know by Amanda Grace

  1. Melanie says:

    I really detest it when the synopsis tricks you into thinking that something really dramatic happens when actually, nothing doesn’t. Like HOW DARE YOU! *side eyes* Anyhoo, I’ve had a little too many fluffy reads lately, even though I cannot stop chomping on them during my hiatus, but I do love LGBT novels as well so I’ll keep an eye on this one. I love the font of this as well! Brilliant review πŸ™‚

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  2. Zoe N. says:

    I’m with Mel. It’s SO annoying when a book synopsis leads you to believe a book is about a certain topic when in reality it is nothing but. Anyhow, this sounds really interesting! I’m always in the mood for a great fluffy read, and I’ll definitely keep this in mind. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing Celine, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3
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  3. Yay! I need to add this book on my TBR pile ASAP since I am always on the look out for LGBT books. I’m happy to know that the author made a different approach with this one and started the story with both characters who are already at peace with their being gay.

    I am sorry that the tension that you’re looking for didn’t occur like the way you want it to. That’s such a shame. I am really annoyed when the blurb gets the better of us readers. But oh well, at least you still liked the book despite that.

    Lovely review, Celine!
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    • Celine says:

      Oh, I wasn’t necessarily disappointed by it πŸ™‚ I’m not really one for loads of drama and angst, but I do think the blurb could have been a bit more accurate. I hope you enjoy this one πŸ™‚

      Thank you, Charlotte!

  4. I really loved the other Amanda Grace book I’ve read (granted, it was much darker) and this one looks equally good, though really different. Thanks for the great review; I’m definitely going to check this one out.
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    • Celine says:

      I hadn’t read anything by her before, but I may have to check it out then πŸ™‚ This one isn’t dark at all, but very summery and fluffy!

      Thank you, Alex πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy it!

  5. Amir says:

    I feel like I should be reading more LGBT books and in glad that we are getting more of that in YA! I was a bit worried about the cheating aspect in the book because you’re right, the synopsis did give you an impression of this great dramatic decision that must happen but I’m actually glad that it’s really not like that. I would definitely read this, I’m actually excited in reading a fluffy LGBT book! Lovely review πŸ™‚
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    • Celine says:

      Yes, the synopsis definitely makes it seem as though there is a lot of drama and a big blowout when really, there isn’t. It’s definitely fluffy! I didn’t think there was a *lot* of depth, but it was definitely fun πŸ™‚

      Thank you, Amir!

  6. This sounds like summer, and I love that it has a twist πŸ™‚
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  7. Henrietta says:

    Hmmm, interesting… I want to find out more about the story after reading your review but it seems like the synopsis was a bit misleading.
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  8. It sounds like a really different twist on the “usual” love-triangle so THAT’S refreshing. xD I’m kind of in agreement with those misleading blurbs though. Like Side Effects May Vary? Where I thought she’d actually be crossing off a bucket list, but really that wasn’t a big part of the book at all.
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    • Celine says:

      Misleading blurbs suck πŸ™ I’d heard a lot about SEMV before starting, so I knew what to expect, but I know a lot of people were led astray πŸ˜› Or when there are spoilers in the blurb. Like, NOOO why would you do that??

  9. This sounds really good Celine, an exploration into gay teens without all of the fuss about it you know? At least it sounds a bit more relatable and able to be connected by people. Sounds like a refreshing book as you said. Lovely review!
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    • Celine says:

      Yes, I really liked how it was about two teens who just happened to be gay. It was definitely refreshing, and mostly just fun to read πŸ™‚

      Thank you πŸ™‚

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