Give me all the books about Mysterious People With Mysterious Pasts, please. Especially if someone has died and there are DARK SECRETS AFOOT. Have I made it clear how much I love dark secrets? Maybe not. Well, it's a lot. I love them a lot. All the dark secrets, please.
I was sent this book with the understanding I'd review it, this did not impact my review except for the fact I wrote it, etc etc.
Every Secret Thing is about two 11 year old girls who commit murder. OR DO THEY. Oh, and big big warning for those of you who can't handle that sort of thing: the person who dies is a baby. But was it negligence? Pity? SOME OTHER REASON? This totally gets answered and I was pretty satisfied with it. It was a nice little mystery book. Albeit with the whole dead non-adult part in it, but that's not delved into too much, y'know?
I looked up a lot about the Slender Man stabbings while reading this, and then got into a few discussions about whether it's ok to try juveniles as adults for particularly heinous crimes. I don't know! If I were still judged by how I was as an 11-year-old, that'd be pretty damn terrible. But I also never murdered anybody. I just crushed a robin's egg against my brother's skateboard ramp, an act I STILL REGRET TO THIS DAY.
I was also reminded of Heavenly Creatures with this book, despite a ton of dissimilarities, mainly because it's two adolescent girls and they do a Thing. (but whyyyy do they do it -- ooh, you should read the book) Two adolescent girls don't star in things often is my point! Think about it. When has that happened? Now and Then if you expand it to four girls, and yeah, that's a good movie. A great movie. One of the defining movies of the mid-'80s girls generation's childhood, you might say (and I do). But how often does something as truly amazing as Now and Then come along.
(I just found an article called 30 Reasons Now and Then Was a Defining Movie for Girls; I'm not saying that I'm right, I'm just saying that I'm really really right)
Since Every Secret Thing is pretty much a quick mystery read, I'd maybe see the movie instead, although I haven't seen it yet, so maybe it completely strays from the book, who knows. But the cast is a wacky mix of actresses, and I'm interested to see The Runaways' Dakota Fanning in scenes with Must Love Dogs' Diane Lane. And I'll bet they do the The Mystery Is Now Solved scene really well. With like, dramatic music and stuff in the background. And maybe one of the characters freaking out in a way that actor worked really hard on. WE SHALL SEE.