What We Hide
What We Hide
What We Hide
Marthe Jocelyn
An engrossing novel-in-stories that paints a tapestry of secrets and lies: why we keep them, why we tell them, and what happens next.  Americans Jenny and her brother, Tom, are off to England: Tom to university, to dodge the Vietnam draft, Jenny to be the new girl at a boarding school, Illington Hall. This is Jenny's chance to finally stand out, so accidentally, on purpose, she tells a lie.  In the small world of Ill Hall, everyone has something to hide. Jenny pretends she has a boyfriend. Robbie and Luke both pretend they don't. Brenda won't tell what happened with the school doctor. Nico wants to keep his mother's memoir a secret. Percy is hush-hush about his famous dad. Oona lies to everyone. Penelope lies only to herself. Deftly told from multiple points of view in various narrative styles, including letters and movie screenplays, What We Hide is provocative, honest, often funny, and always intriguing. “Poignant and often witty.” —Kirkus Reviews “An evocative representation of the tumultuous ’60s.” —Publishers Weekly “Juicy, fast-paced.” —SLJ 

Book Details


  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Jenny is a teenager who recently learned her brother was going to college to avoid the Vietnam draft.  Not in the states, as she expected, but in England.  She doesn’t like the idea one bit until she hears what her part in the whole plan is.  She gets to go to a boarding school in England near where her brother’s college is!   But soon after she arrives, she tells a small white lie about having a boyfriend.  The person whom she lied to makes a big deal out of Jenny’s not-so-real boyfriend.  Jenny soon realizes that she isn’t the onl

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