I Have No Secrets

Finished I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson. I received a copy for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Jemma knows who did the murder. She knows because he told her. And she can’t tell anyone.

Fourteen-year-old Jemma has severe cerebral palsy. Unable to communicate or move, she relies on her family and carer for everything. She has a sharp brain and inquisitive nature, and knows all sorts of things about everyone. But when she is confronted with this terrible secret, she is utterly powerless to do anything. Though that might be about to change…”

I couldn’t put this book down! I loved Jemma and could feel her frustration at not being able to communicate and her fear at being essentially powerless. Dan (her aide’s boyfriend) is such a creep and he fooled everyone but Jemma. (Of course, you can’t be fooled when he’s only obviously evil when he’s alone with you.)

But even besides the two mysteries (will Dan ever get caught? And the other mystery not mentioned in the synopsis), I loved everything about this book. I loved Jemma’s relationship with her parents and her siblings (foster parents and foster siblings, but she thinks of them as actual family), but also with her aide and really everyone around her. People treat her various ways (usually there’s a lot of staring from strangers and people who don’t know her tend to assume she’s basically a giant toddler) but she has a really strong sense of self, and that really comes through.

I loved this book and am excited to read more from Penny Joelson. I hope this is the first of many. Highly recommended.

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