February 21, 2018

The Secrets We Bury by Stacie Ramey

Cover Art Courtesy of Goodreads
I've read a few books lately that had hiking at the center of the plot, but it wasn't until this one that I actually got inspired to research a hike of my own. The Secrets We Bury by Stacie Ramey follows Dylan, seventeen-year-old who has run away from home and decided to hike the Appalachian Trail. Dylan believes that his mental issues are what caused his father's death, and afraid of having to attend a school for special kids decides to flee and pursue this journey to process his grief. 

Along his journey, he meets a girl his age, Sophie, who seems to be running away from her own problems just like he is. They also meet Rain Man, a seasoned hiker who, like both Dylan and Sophie, has experienced a devastating loss. Throughout the story, Dylan learns to connect, and even care for, others, while getting out of his own head and facing his fears for the safety and well-being of his new companions.

I really enjoyed this story. I read it in a few short hours, and thought the plot was solid. You could also tell that Ramey did a good amount of hiking research. I really enjoyed both Dylan and Sophie as characters, and respect both of them for the journeys they took and what they learned along the way. I would have loved to have seen this story told from both Dylan's and Sophie's point of view. I really appreciated seeing the relationship between Dylan and Sophie develop without any of the typical tropes that many YA novels have: yes Dylan saved her but that's not why she liked him, and they bonded on a level much deeper than physical attraction and desperation.

My only real issue with this book was the ending. I feel like everyone was so nonchalant about Dylan saving the lives of two people and coming home, and that things would never actually play out this way in the real world.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for access to a digital arc of this book! The Secrets We Bury by Stacie Ramey releases March 1st so be sure to pick up a copy!

11 comments:

Bewitched Reader Book Blog said...

This sounds like the perfect summer read. Also, if you want to plan hikes check out the All Trails app. I use it for mine and love it.

Nikki Saturday Nite Reader said...

I had never heard of this book before, thank you for sharing your review!

Randi said...

This sounds like such a sweet story.

Jo Linsdell said...

Sounds like a nice story.

Whispering Stories said...

Not heard of this book. There are a few hiking books that I would like to read, but never got around to them yet.

Allie Bock said...

What a beautiful cover and review.

DJ Sakata said...

Nice review - you have me thinking of a hike now ;)

Terri said...

That's how I felt after reading WILD. It really piqued my interest in camping. I'm giving some serious thought to hiking part of the Appalachian for my 50th birthday.

Katiria Rodriguez said...

Great review, this is actually the first time I heard about this book. It looks and sounds absolutely amazing and fantastic. Plus I love books that deal with mental illness. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and putting this book on my radar.

Megan said...

This one sounds sad :( I may still pick it up when it releases! Great review.

Megan @ Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest

Stacie said...

If you all do a hike, let me know and I'll post pics on my website. The Appalachian Trail was definitely the inspiration for this book (as was Dylan) and I'd love to have some pics featuring the setting! Thanks for the great review, Brandi and happy reading to all of you!