Thursday, August 27, 2009

This Is What I Want To Tell You by Heather Duffy Stone

Traveling To Teens Tour

This Is What I Want To Tell You

by Heather Duffy Stone

Heather Duffy Stone writes stories and essays that are mostly inspired by high school—either her own or someone else’s. This Is What I Want to Tell You is her first novel. She has lived in Vermont, England, Los Angeles, rural New York and Rome, Italy. For now she cooks, sleeps, explores, writes and teaches in Brooklyn, New York.

This Is What I Want To Tell You is the story of friendship, love and unexpected secrets. It is the story of two siblings, twins Noelle and Nadio who live with their mother.

They share a special, unspoken bond. And somehow they're able include Keeley Shipley into their small world which is perfectly fine until Keeley leaves them to spend a summer in England.

Nothing is the same as before. Not Noelle, not Nadio. Not even Keeley.

The parameters of friendship are sorely tested once she returns as things go from being platonic to something completely off-the-charts between Keeley and Nadio. Noelle, in the minds of the Keeley and Nadio, was completely oblivious. While Noelle did know about it and it ate at her.

Told from Noelle and Nadio's point of view,

This Is What I Want To Tell You is a simple, poignant tale of three friends, two siblings, one outsider and how teenage angst, love and jealousy can change everything in the blink of an eye.

The problems that they face, Noelle - jealousy over Keeley having so much but not appreciating it all, Nadio- their father's abandonment, Keeley- the unspeakable thing that happened to her over the summer, are all very real.

Everything a normal teenager can attest to. Ms. Stone uses everyday obstacles that life makes us face and brings to us a tale not different that most of yours.

This Is What I Want To Tell You is a tale you and I can both relate to.

This Is What I Want To Tell You: Go and read This Is What I Want To Tell You. ;)


1 comment:

  1. I read this as part of the tour as well and really enjoyed it. I felt so much for Noelle and her struggle in this story. I wished I'd seen more of the brother/sister relationship but overall I found it an enjoyable read.