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The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen

Thursday, March 7, 2013
SYNOPSIS: If you loved Beautiful Disaster then you're ready to discover . . .
A rule-breaker with a fiery attitude, Ella always wore her heart on her sleeve. Then she left everything behind to go to college, where she transformed into someone who follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. Now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home. But once there, Ella fears that everything she's worked so hard to bury might resurface-especially with Micha living right next door.
Smart, sexy, and confident, Micha can get under Ella's skin like no one else. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. If he tries to tempt the old Ella to return, he will be impossible to resist. But what Ella doesn't realize is that when she left, she took a piece of Micha's heart with her. Now he's determined to win back the girl he lost, no matter what it takes.
REVIEW: In The Secret of Ella and Micha, Jessica Sorensen leaves readers breathless as she takes them on a ride full of hidden pasts, changing identities, and sexual tension.
When I first started reading The Secret of Ella and Micha, I thought that I would only be getting Ella’s point of view. When the point of view switched to Micha before the first chapter even ended, I was pleasantly surprised. Ella had spent the past eight months burying the girl she used to be, and Micha’s perspective was needed to show readers that girl and help the new Ella realize that pretending to be someone she’s not won’t solve her problems.
Although the story does focus on Ella and Micha, Sorensen includes minor characters that have their own struggles. I could not stand Lila at first, but then I grew to love her. Just like Ella did, I thought that Lila was just a spoiled little rich girl, but of course, children with parents who have money are not exempt from having problems. And as in Lila’s case, all that money can cause problems. Luckily for Lila, a summer fling with Micha’s friend, Ethan, is able to take her mind off her father for awhile. Even the amount of screen time—page time?—that Ella’s father and Micha’s mother get works well for the relationships between children and parents.
I am not going to lie: the best scenes in this novel are the scenes in which Ella and Micha allow themselves to express their feelings for each other physically. Sorensen does an amazing job of describing how being with Micha causes Ella to lose control, even when control is the very thing she’s most determined to keep.
As a twenty-one-year old college graduate who is still completely in love with young adult literature, I really enjoy the few young adult books I find that focus on characters that are already out of high school. I mean, I know young adult books are technically marketed to fourteen to eighteens, but I was seventeen in college, so why are young adult books about high schoolers 95% of the time? Hopefully with all of this talk about the new adult genre, more books like The Secret of Ella and Micha will be available to readers like me.
In the meantime, I might just have to reread this one until its sequel, The Forever of Ella and Micha, comes out in May.
Rating: 4/5 DIAMONDS
Reviewed by: Stephanie
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