Say you’re the hero or heroine of a young adult urban fantasy book and you’ve just found out you’re really a vampire/werewolf/fairy/angel/ demon/demigod/whatever is cool right now. I would really, really appreciate it if you would go ahead and tell your best friend about it. For one thing, THEY WOULD TOTALLY TELL YOU if they found out they had supernatural powers.
Also, you’re going to need your best friend’s help with things like picking up the homework assignments you missed because you were off fighting monsters or whatever your new lifestyle is now. But, most importantly, one of two things is bound to happen: If you keep this huge secret from your best friend, all the secrets and lies will eventually drive you apart. The other option is that they’re going to find out anyway and they’ll probably find out the hard way when some enemy of yours kidnaps them to use as leverage against you—or just a tasty snack. I know you’re worried they’ll blab your big secret to everyone else at school. But they didn’t tell anyone about that really embarrassing thing that happened that one time. And if they do blab your secrets all over the place, maybe it’s time to get a new best friend anyway.
Is it just me? To find out if this drives you crazy, too, try these books:
Starcrossed, by Josephine Angelini
When shy Helen Hamilton starts having vivid dreams about three ancient, hideous women and tries to kill a new student at her Nantucket high school, she discovers she is playing out a version of an old tale involving Helen of Troy, the Three Furies, and a mythic battle.
Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Jessica, adopted and raised in Pennsylvania, learns that she is descended from a royal line of Romanian vampires and that she is betrothed to a vampire prince, who poses as a foreign exchange student while courting her.
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