Author: Jessica Sorensen
Series: The Secret #1
Published by: Forever
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
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.
Awwww! What a surprisingly good book! I put off reading this and other books in the new adult genre for a while because I just wasn’t into the angst that usually comes with it. That is, until my mood shifted and I needed an angsty read. Luckily I already had The Secret of Ella and Micha from an impulse buy months ago, so I took the plunge. I ended up liking it a lot and was relieved that it wasn’t over the top drama and angst, just enough to get my fill.
Ella is a character I could definitely identify with. She used to be a wild chick with a loud mouth, and wasn’t afraid to throw down. After a devastating event, she decides to leave that life behind and become someone else. She goes to college and transforms into a studious, calm, rational, pleasant Ella. When she goes back home for summer break, she struggles between who she was and who she wants to be. Is she the tough street girl, or is she the goodie-goodie college girl? I completely understood her struggle and the need to find a balance.
“For a split second, I forget who I am and turn around to blast her with a death glare. But then I remember that I’m the calm and rational Ella; one that doesn’t get into fights and beat other girls up.”
I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Micha, though. He seemed like the type of bad boy – from personal experience – that I hate to love. I was worried that he was trying to pull Ella back down instead of encouraging positive change and growth, but the guy surprised me. I wound up loving him with no more hesitation, lip ring and all. It was easy to see the love he had for her, and the ease of their friendship was so believable and sweet. The teasing and playfulness between them was always entertaining. I’m glad we got both point of views, because it allowed me to see what they truly mean to each other, and experience the changes in both of them.
Ella and Micha weren’t the only characters I enjoyed. Lila is Ella’s rich friend/college roommate. She doesn’t know the old Ella, but she took a crash course while staying with her over the summer. I found her reaction to certain situations humorous; you know, things like huge keggers, street racing, and Ella letting the fire loose. All that fun stuff. I also liked Ethan, Micha’s best friend. I loved his weird relationship with Ella, especially the fact that he knows when to hide from her – haha! The addition of good friends in a story can really make a difference, and these two do for the better.
There you have it! I wound up being very pleased with a book I had avoided for so long. Now, I look forward to continuing Ella and Micha’s journey together in the sequel.