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Peters, Julie Anne. Keeping you a secret. Little, Brown, 2003
It is Holland's last year in High School and she is having a physical
relationship with her boyfriend which does not appear to be going anywhere.
Then a new girl transfers into school who wears gay pride t-shirts.  Holland
is fascinated by her and eventually falls in love with her.  This is the
story of a passionate first love affair which happens to be between two
girls.  This 250 page book is the story of a girl falling wildly in love and
also discovering her sexual identity.  There is some description of the
physical relationship but I was more uncomfortable with the descriptions of
the boy/girl activities than the passionate romance between the two girls.
The difficulties and implications of coming out are explored.  For example
Holland it thrown out of her house by her mother and ends up living in a
shelter.  This is not an easy book and I would only give it to mature
students, but I think it is an important book to have.

Frederick Muller
Newton, NJ
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