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 cliché-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.
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