Goodreads ~ Madison Stokes leads a pretty average life: average mom and dad, average looks, average grades well, maybe her little sister is MUCH brattier than average but nothing out of the ordinary.
All that changes when quiet, secretive Alyssa Hawkins moves to town. When Madison takes Alyssa under her wing, the two girls quickly bond over chocolate-chip cookies and become best friends. Amazingly, Alyssa doesn't even mind Madison's bratty sister!
But there are some things Alyssa still won't share. Why won't she talk about her family? And why is she so reluctant to have Madison over to her house? She's harbouring a secret that could put their treasured friendship in jeopardy and when Madison finds out by accident, Alyssa makes Madison promise not to tell anyone, not even Madison's parents.
But should Madison tell them anyway? When is it all right to tell a little white lie and when should you come clean with the truth?
Madison is ten when Alyssa (also ten) moves to town and they become best friends right away. They always hang out at Madison's house which to Alyssa is "a taste of heaven". When Madison pushes Alyssa to hang out at her place for a change, Madison soon learns why Alyssa likes hanging out with Madison's family. Madison discovers Alyssa's secret home life and pinky swears not to tell anyone.
I'm not sure who the target audience is with this book but I really enjoyed it, even though Madison and Alyssa are only ten. I liked the characters, both the adults and kids. I liked the writing style and didn't find it immature. I think it would be suitable reading for age 10 right up to adults, though there is mild swearing once or twice.
If this is indicative of Meg Tilly's books, I look forward to reading more.
I received a copy of this ebook at no charge in exchange for my honest review.