The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen

Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids. But one tragic night shatters their friendship and their lives forever.


Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home.

Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.

Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes. 

 

Ella is living a life that isn't her own. She has run from her past into a future where she is polite, smiles at strangers and turns into one of those girls. But that isn't Ella. Ella is a tough, gritty chick from the wrong side of the tracks in a bad neighbourhood. She's the girl who drag raced, started fights and helped fixed cars. She's the one with the alcoholic father, the one who's brother blames her for a tragic night that has destroyed her family, and nothing will ever be the same. Ella takes off, she can't stay or she's terrified she'll end up just like her.

It's been eight months, eight months! And he has been looking for her since. Micha. He has been best friends with Ella as long as he can remember. He was there that night when both their lives changed. He is still in love with Ella and has never given up. Not without his own problems, but when Ella returns to town on a break from collage, Micha tries to lure the firecracker that was Ella, out. Regardless of her new clothes, that fake politeness and tolerance, he knows she's still in there.

As Ella begins to piece her life back together, Micha's world is crumbling. Can he finally help her to open up, to forgive herself and make her see that he cannot live without her.

I really enjoyed  The Secret of Ella and Micha, but it reminded me of so many other contemporary young adult novels that I've read before. Your broken, let me fix you syndrome. Ella's character is the equivalent of a teen boy's wet dream. A hot tomboy who loves cars, wears tiny shorts, curses and starts fights. Her character is mildly likable and in parts you can identify with her and sympathize. Micha on the other hand, he's a cliche. Not exactly the 'bad boy', but is sexually experienced and used missing and trying to get over Ella after she left, as the 'excuse'. It seems to be a common theme with leading male characters in contemporary young or new adult novels, is that what labels them as 'bad boys'?

Regardless, it was a good read, but it ends with the promise of the next book in the series to have already been released, but this isn't the case. So for those who can't wait, I suggest to add this one to the back burner. Apparently the series has a new book deal, which is casing the delay and still no release date, from what I've read.

Goodreads
The Secret Of Ella and Micha
(The Secret: Book One)
Written By Jessica Sorensen

Published 04 / 10 / 2012
316 Pages

4 comments

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