Review of "Trading Secrets"

Review of  Trading Secrets

by Melody Carlson


Back in fifth grade, Micah Knight got an Amish pen pal, and over the years, they've exchanged many letters--and many secrets. At age seventeen, Micah finally has the chance to meet her pen pal face-to-face. The only problem is that because of confusion about her name when the pen pals were assigned, her pen pal was a boy, Zack Miller. And all this time, Micah's never told Zack that she's actually a girl! While she wants nothing more than to experience life on Zack's Amish farm, she's afraid he'll hate her for deceiving him all these years. But she makes up her mind to face the music--and that's where the fun really begins. 
Bestselling author Melody Carlson brings young adults another fascinating tale of worlds colliding, secrets being revealed, and friendships forming. Teens will love this story of miscommunication and mishaps along the way to the truth.

MY REVIEW:  This is a work of Young Adult Amish fiction, but I would recommend it to adults as well.  This was a fun, light read.   Micah and Zack have been penpals for six years and because of her name, Zack assumes she is a he.   He even chose her for that reason.   She has the chance to visit his family farm during her spring break and she goes dressed as a boy and does not reveal her secret until the family dinner that evening.  I will not spoil the book for readers by revealing what happens when she tells them that she is actually a girl.  Zack loves education and reading and spends a great deal of time reading science and history books.  I hope that there is a sequel to the book as I am curious to know what happens later with Zack and Micah.  I rate this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to teens and adults alike.  
I received a pdf version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.  

About the Author:
Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus. 

She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. 

Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon.


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