As most of you know, I’m the newest convert to the world of “new adult”. I can’t get enough of it. Couple this new genre with a good dose of angst in a novel and you know that you have a perfect storm that is sure to please my bookish needs. So, when I found out that the first book in Jessica Sorensen’s The Secret series, The Secret of Ella and Micha, fulfilled both of these needs, I had to read it.
Best friends since childhood, Ella and Micha know everything there is to know about one another. They coexist in a comfort that comes from years of friendship, yet this protection is shattered one night in a way which changes everything. Ella leaves for college, and changes completely. Once a fearless and bold girl, she became straight-laced and conforms to the rules completely. Now that she is back for the summer, Ella fears that all her work to hide her old self will be undone when she sees Micha again. Micha on the other hand is desperate to bring back the old Ella, and uses every trick he can think of to coax her out of her self-imposed exile to return to her former personality. Ella knows that Micha has a special ability to get in her head like no one else, but will she let him get close enough to her, the girl whom he loves and would do anything for?
I absolutely love books that take characters with dark pasts and who are severely scarred emotionally and help them break through their “darkness.” Redemption (self or other) is in my opinion a difficult path for an author to walk when developing characters. I’ve read a lot of books where authors try to redeem their characters, and the plots end up being so simple and unrealistic. Sorensen has instead given a true depiction of what darkness can do to a person: dangerous behavior, drinking, and drugs. It’s all there. Even at the end of this book the characters aren’t perfect. Their problems haven’t gone away, and rainbows and unicorns haven’t fallen from the skies. There are still things that have to be worked on and sifted through, and the only thing that will ever truly heal them is time and acceptance. Sorensen has definitely found a fan in me for life. Ella and Micha are just so real and raw that they’re unlike anything else I’ve read recently. If I had to describe this book using pop culture references, I’d definitely say that it’s like a dark version of Fast and the Furious. The Secret of Ella and Micha will definitely take you on one hell of a ride that will make you feel like you’ve been simultaneously sucker punched in the gut, and engulfed in the biggest, warmest hug of your life. I’m pumped that book two, The Forever of Ella and Micha, is slated for release next week. I’ve already read it and can happily say that it was awesome! Definitely add this to your to-read piles now!
5 out of 5 Stars
The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen
Grand Central Publishing (2013)
eBook: 368 pages