An angsty sparely told novel in verse, Some Secrets Aren’t Secrets, is the aftermath of an abusive situation gone terribly wrong. Sophie tells her story in present tense beginning with her first day at her aunt’s house after being separated from her little sister and moving on to problems at school with teachers and a girl at softball try-outs.
Sophie’s quirky and funny personality lightens up this book that is packed with emotions as it reveals bits of the past. Feeling isolated and misunderstood, Sophie is quiet, distant, and trying hard to keep her worst secret, but trying harder to forget the secret that was never a secret at all. When her secrets become too much to bear and the snotty girl at the softball try-outs pushes too far, Sophie’s emotions rage out of control until she almost repeats the crime her mother is in prison for.