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Review & Giveaway: 189. Tell Me Something True by Leila Cobo...

October 26, 2009
About the book:
Gabriella Richards feels betrayed. Between her doting father in Hollywood and her grandmother's aristocratic family in Cali, Columbia, a few facts have been carefully hidden about her mother, whose tragic death shattered a picture-perfect marriage. Gabriella, now a classical pianist, has kept one foot in her grandmother's elegant, guarded world, visiting her every year. But this trip changes everything. In a dusty closet in a faded mansion, Gabriella finds her mother's diary, written just for her. And at a party of Cali's young and hip, she meets a man she can't resist. Soon, between her mother's shocking confessions and her new lover's secretive life, Gabriella will enter a season of pleasure, pain, and awakening--as she discovers that things are not always true or false, and that the words that matter most can be the most dangerous ones of all...

drey's thoughts:
Gabriella is one of those young women who're floating through life. Her father is nagging her to make a plan for her future, to realize her potential as a pianist. But Gabriella isn't sure that's what she wants to do. And as she makes her annual pilgrimage to visit her grandmother, she promises that she'll try.

Tell Me Something True is a warm, poignant story about a daughter who finds out that her mother was not all that she thought she was. Alternating between Gabriella's and Helena's point of view, the story slowly unravels Helena's secrets, as written to Gabriella in a diary. And Gabriella has to come to grips with that version of her mother.

On the same trip, Gabriella meets and falls in love with a very not-appropriate-for-polite-company (according to her grandmother and cousin), handsome, Angel. But she follows her heart anyway. And in doing so, eventually learns that the differing version of her mother may not have been all that bad; and eventually learns that some mistakes can never be remedied.

Title: Tell Me Something True
Author: Leila Cobo
ISBN-10: 0446519367
ISBN-13: 9780446519366
Paperback: 299 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, 2009

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Giveaway!
Thanks to Hachette Book Group, I have up to five copies of Tell Me Something True for you...
Rules:
-- Contest is open to US and Canada residents, no PO Boxes please!
-- To enter, comment and share: Do you keep a diary? If so, do you write down your deepest, darkest, secrets in it?
-- For an extra entry, participate in this Facebook discussion: Do you keep a diary for your kids? Did someone keep one for you?
-- Follow for 1 extra entry.
-- Share for 2 extra entries (let me know what & where, please).
-- Every 10 people entered gets another copy in the hat, so tell everyone! =)
-- Do it all before 6:00 pm CST November 8th. Good luck!

Challenges: 100+, Pub

Disclosure: My copy of Tell Me Something True was provided by Hachette Book Group for this review.

85 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I loved Tell Me Something True! It was a real page turner for me. Don't enter me in the contest.

KiraR said...

I would like to enter. In regards to the question, I don't keep a diary, but I used to when I was younger.

kiris089[at]gmail[dot]com

KiraR said...

I follow.

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A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Hmmm...I don't currently keep a diary. I spend all my time writing about books! I do have tons of journals dating back to elementary school, and I keep a journal in which I write down my favorite passages from books.

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A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

I'm a follower.

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A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

I posted this on my blog: http://bookshelfmonstrosity.blogspot.com/2009/10/weekly-monstrosity-giveaway-list-1022.html

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dor said...

I always try but end up forgetting to continue. I guess, I really don't want to write my darkest secret on paper.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

wheresmyrain said...

on and off I have tried, I feel like at times I need to keep one, but not right now....maybe jst too busy,
i foloow you on goggle reader

wheresmyrain at yahoo dot com

dor said...

I subscribe by email.
dorcontest at gmail dot com

dor said...

I follow on google friend.
dorcontest at gmail dot com

traveler said...

Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. I have been reading about this great story. I keep a diary and journal. It is helpful in many ways and I enjoy writing out thoughts and experiences. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

dor said...

Can't figure out how to leave a comment in the facebook...did anyone leave me a diary.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

No one left me a diary, and I have not prepared one for my kids.

Kat Bryan said...

I don't keep a diary where I right my thoughts but I do write down weather notes and what I do each day. It's fun to go back a re-read it.
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Kat Bryan said...

I am a follower.
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dor said...

Hey, I shared this giveaway at this link BUT GO there too and enter theirs.

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#1

dor said...

Hey, I shared this giveaway at this link BUT GO there too and enter theirs.

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Sheila Deeth said...

This sounds a really fascinating book. I'll certainly look out for it.

And no, I don't keep a diary. No time.

sdeeth at msn dot com

Haleyknitz said...

enter me please!!

+1 i journal like i read--constantly. i fill up a notebook about once ever few months. i have my books i write, my songs, my thoughts... everything is in there.

+1 facebook discussion (jim victoria)
+2 posted at twitter.com/haleymathiot

thx!! haleymathiot at yahoo dot com

kalynnick said...

No I don't keep any diary or journal.


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LuAnn said...

Unfortunately, I don't have a diary, although I keep meaning to start one. I have several empty journals that have been given to me as gifts. Hints? Perhaps!

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enyl said...

I haven't kept a diary since I was on line in undergrad. We didn't discuss secrets, we discussed our experience pledging and we discussed social an political issues.

enyl(at)inbox(dot)com

enyl said...

I'm a follower.

enyl(at)inbox(dot)com

rubynreba said...

I don't keep a diary. I've started a few times but never have gotten beyond January. I never did write any deep secrets in the ones I started.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

rubynreba said...

I follow.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

Lee P said...

I would love to read this book! I don't keep a journal/diary because I wouldn't want anyone to know my deepest secrets. I did have one as a child. Thanks for this nice giveaway.

chinook92(at)gmail(dot)com

Lee P said...

I follow your blog via Google Friends.

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Lee P said...

I shared your giveaway on Twitter #1:

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Lee P said...

I shared your giveaway on Twitter #2:

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Martha Lawson said...

No I don't keep a diary!!

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

Martha Lawson said...

I am a google follower.

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

DarcyO said...

I would love to read this one. I kept a diary when I was much younger, but don't anymore.

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

DarcyO said...

I follow with Google Reader.

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

carolsnotebook said...

No, I don't keep a diary. I wish I did, though, if that counts for anything. I do love the cover on this one, though.

I subscribe through Google Reader.

carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

Melissa - Shhh I'm Reading said...

I've never kept a diary. I'm too much of a procrastinator and would never write anything down!

THanks for the giveaway.

shhhimreading[at]hotmail[dot]com

I also follow!

clenna said...

I don't keep a diary and if I did I would NEVER put my secrets in it! Duh! They are SECRETS!

clenna at aol dot com

clenna said...

I follow

clenna at aol dot com

Jasmyn said...

I tried to keep a diary/journal for a long time, but my mother kept reading it, so she kinda put me off on the whole idea.

jasmyn9[at]hotmail[dot]com

Jasmyn said...

I am a follower.

jasmyn9[at]hotmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

I've never kept a diary except for
a short while when I was in college. For me, deep dark secrets
would never appear in a diary-they
wouldn't be secret then.

jeanereads{at}sbcglobal(dot)net

Anonymous said...

would LOVE to read this one...thanks for the opportunity...and I don't keep a diary, do you?

karen k
kmkuka(at)yahoo(dot)com

gaby317 said...

I don't keep a diary - though I had years and years ago with all sorts of secrets. Thankfully most of those are lost!

gaby317nyc at gmail dot com

+2 follower

Debbie Rodgers said...

I have kept diaries sporadically over the years and sometimes enjoy re-reading them.

I go through periods of "confession" but mostly write conscious that someone else (my grandkids?) will be reading it in the future. The vanity!

Debbie Rodgers said...

I follow by subscription

Sandra K321 said...

This book sounds like it has potential. I never kept a diary, even as a child.

Sandra K321 said...

I subscribe and follow your blog via google.

Stacie said...

I have always kept a diary and use it to vent out my frustrations.

simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

Stacie said...

I follow and am an email subscriber.

simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

Gwendolyn B. said...

No need to enter me -- I have a copy in my personal Mt. TBR. Just want to say that I'm glad to read another positive review! Thanks for your thoughts.

ossmcalc said...

I have never kept a diary even though I enjoy reading the ones that my grandma and grandpa wrote. There were six kids in my family and it was rare that a secret could be kept. I would have been afraid that one of my brothers would have found it and read it aloud at dinnertime.

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

ossmcalc said...

I did not keep a diary for my kids, but my daughter did keep one as she grew up. There were six kids in my family - myself being the oldest. My mom did not have the time to do this for me.

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

ossmcalc said...

I follow your blog.

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

ossmcalc said...

I shared about this giveaway on Facebook.

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

ossmcalc said...

I tweeted about this giveaway on Twitter http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/5278710623

thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

Francine said...

I used to keep a diary when I was younger but not now.

fmd518(at)gmail(dot)com

Francine said...

I follow your blog via google connect

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Jaime said...

yes, I keep a journal and write everything down
copperllama at yahoo dot com

Marian said...

I kept a diary as a teenager, but for some reason teenage-me had a crush on a boy who treated me badly. Go figure.

So every page ended up with some mention of him on it, and when I turned thirty, I reread the diary, said "What was I thinking?" and disposed of the diary.

Marian

mdperera at hotmail dot com

Carol said...

No, I don't keep a diary. I think I did keep one briefly as a teenager. Actually, I think it was more like a scrapbook.

wolfcarol451(at)gmail(dot)com

Carol said...

I follow on Google Friend Connect.

wolfcarol451(at)gmail(dot)com

Karen H in NC said...

Nope, I don't keep a diary, never have, never will. This book sounds good. Add me to the draw please.

kkhaas at bellsouth dot net

Karen H in NC said...

+1 I am a follower

kkhaas at bellsouth dot net

Anita Yancey said...

No, I don't keep a diary and I never have. This book sounds interesting. Please enter me. Thanks!

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

Anita Yancey said...

I am a follower!

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

Rebecca N. said...

I would love to win a copy of this book! It sounds fantastic! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

No, I don't keep a diary. I did when I was a young girl. I think I altered the way I really wanted to write things because I thought my parents might read it, lol.

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Rebecca N. said...

I follow your blog!

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Allison said...

I do not keep a diary

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Allison said...

I'm also a follower
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twifanheather said...

No, I don't keep a diary, but I wish I did.

twifanheather said...

Follower!

twifanheather said...

I shared this giveaway on Twitter! #1
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SavingDiva said...

I keep a diary, but I don't have any deep dark secrets. I write about my feelings and what I need/want to accomplish.

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carolsnotebook said...

I included this in a post.

http://carolsnotebook.wordpress.com/2009/10/31/giveaways-in-blogland-24/

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Emma said...

I don't keep a diary. Tell Me Something True sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

Margie said...

I don't keep a diary and never have.

This sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for the opportunity!

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Margie said...

I just signed up to follow by email.

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Maria said...

Sounds like a great book.

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+1 Followed

Alyce said...

I used to keep a diary when I was in junior high, and then I went back and read it in high school and couldn't believe how silly it was, so I threw it away. Started another one later in high school, read it in college, though it was silly and threw it away. :)

Then in college my parents let me borrow the old diary of my great-aunt. She kept it over the course of four years when she was in her thirties. It was absolutely fascinating (if somewhat sad - most of her entries started out "got drunk last night"). I learned so much about her though that I never knew when she was alive.

So at that point I started my own journal and only kept up with it for about five years, writing entries every month or two. I haven't looked at it in about four years. Hopefully when I look at it I won't think it's silly and throw it away. ;)

I follow your blog.

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Belinda M said...

I do not keep a diary. Between work and kids I do not have time or energy

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Belinda M said...

I follow your blog


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nfmgirl said...

Nope, I don't keep a diary or journal. I tried a couple of times as a kid, but couldn't get myself to do it for more than a couple of days.

I follow

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CherylS22 said...

No, I don't keep a diary. I did as a teenager, but stopped the habit when I was in college.

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