When tearaway Tracy leaves school peremptorily, Zoë, a fellow ‘three day weekend’ taker and ‘behind the bikesheds’ type, is in need of a new friend. Quickly she befriends new girl Karen. Goodie-two-shoes Karen and gobby Zoë are unlikely GCSE soulmates. But, in shouldering Zoë’s secret, Karen is forced to reveal her own secret, a secret which links the circumstances of the present with her own calamitous past.
Can You Keep a Secret? The front cover can’t. Revelation revealed, the first half of the book serves to jigsaw together the full facts of Zoë’s pregnancy and baby-dumping, while the writer skilfully sustains the reader’s interest by centring the second half of the novel on THAT SECRET of Karen’s own problematic past. A riveting read which sensitively depicts teenage pregnancy, prevarication and the binding ties of the past on the present.