Young Adult Teenage Drama
We all have secrets...
Mark, Tiffany, Kevin and Kim are best friends. When they enter High School together they find out that it's not all fun and games as they find out that drama is involved. They must stick together to get through High School but when they start to keep secrets from each other, ones that can tear them apart, their friendships will be tested as the secrets come out. So will their friendships survive or will the secrets be too much and tear them apart? Let the secrets come out...
What People are saying about it
"This book was amazing. I loved it from the beginning to the end. It keeps you wanting more. From the
moment you start reading you can't stop. It has lots of drama and real life issues that everyone goes through. It's better than most books I have read. I will recommend this book to everyone who loves drama and loves to read about real life issues. I can't wait for book 2. This author is awesome." –Beba
“I recommend this book for any one who wants to enter the world of high school they left long ago. From 90210 to One Tree Hill, Sec4rets captures all the issues teenagers faces. From the beginning to end I was hypnotized by the suspense & the possibility of the secrets being revealed. I definitely didn't want it to end! Looking forward to Book 2!”
“…the quartet of Burgos' protagonists make for enjoyable reading. Topics teens deal with every day -
unwanted pregnancy, cutting, alcoholism, self-esteem issues, and peer pressure are all told in a way that seems fresh; a credit to the author's talent for fleshing out his interesting characters.”
“For a first time Writer A.L Burgos knows how to write! I was captivated by the first page after that he had me at hook-line-and-sinker. This book has a little something for everyone. Talking about the angst is getting me antsy even writing this, that's how good the writing is.”
YA books and what is too much!
Let me introduce myself, my name is Anthony Luis Burgos and in the author world I am known as A. L. Burgos. I published my first teen drama entitled "Sec4rets" back in September.
When I decided to write a book, I wanted to go the whole YA route because that is what I love to write. I noticed that YA sections have become full of books with vampires and it made me a little sad. What happened to the days of books about teenagers and the drama they go through? Well my book Sec4rets focuses on that.
In Sec4rets, four best friends enter high school and are faced with the drama that comes along with the tensions of this transition in their lives, while keeping secrets from each other. Now we know what high school can be like and we know it’s not always fun and games. You have the catty girls, the bullies, the outcasts, and the ones trying to find themselves. I wanted to tackle a lot of teen issues in my book, but at times I had to ask myself if it was too much. I didn't want to go too far and offend anyone, but I also didn’t want to censor myself because I know how kids can be in high school.
I had a reader tell me that she would not let her kids read my book because it contains adult language and references to sex, drugs and self-harm. Now I understand that some people have different beliefs from others, but I feel like the issues that I address in my book are relatable to teenagers today. People, especially parents, may not want to believe that their child is doing these things but in reality a lot of them are.
I write what I write to entertain people, but to also have people open their eyes to what it's like for teenagers out there in the 21st Century.
Bullying amongst teenagers is unfortunately at all time high and it’s becoming more and more common. Teen suicide has taken over the role of jumping rope or hanging with friends. It's like a new ‘thing’ that they are doing all because of what is going on in school and on social networking sites. It makes me sad that some parents don't see what their kids are going through, so I tackle these issues to open eyes and to instigate shock.
I addition to bullying issues, it’s important to recognise that drugs and liquor are often a part of a teenager’s life at younger and younger ages. I will admit, I drank before I was 21. I will also say that not all teenagers do it at a young age, but a lot are doing it. Your child has friends and these friends could be the ones introducing them to these dangerous vices. It’s all about being savvy and aware.
I do think it’s essential that parents should sit down and talk to their kids about what is wrong and what is right. This is not intended to be about telling parents how to parent; rather it’s a reminder, as is one of the purposes of my book. In our busy lives, it’s very easy to forget the simple things of sitting down with our children and having family night with them, asking them how their day was, meeting their friends, talking to them about the dangers of drugs and liquor. One of my aims in Sec4rets is to raise these issues, to highlight them so that families can discuss them, address them and put preventative measures in place to protect their children.
I’m a firm believer of not putting the blame on books, TV, movies, or games for what our children are doing. Rather than playing the blame game, we must protect, and educate our children.
So my request to you is: please read my book and know that this is the true world your kids live in while at school, not the ones we want them to live in an idealistic world.
About the Author
A. L. Burgos (Anthony Luis Burgos) lives in NYC in the gritty area of Harlem. He never ran the streets of Harlem rather he found the joys of writing. At the age of 10, he began to write and he discovered that it was an escape from the outside world. YA drama and mystery thrillers were his passion; he wrote his first story (not published) titled "Forever Friends" at 11. His dream was to become a famous author one day, so he would be able to move his mother out of Harlem. Anthony has self published his first YA drama "Sec4rets" which is getting rave reviews from readers claiming it’s an edge of your seat ride and amazing, while at the same time tackling real life teen issues. He is working on several new books hoping to be released in 2013.
“Hello?” He said into the phone waiting for the person to speak.
“Hi.” The other person had finally responded.
“I am so sorry.” Mark replied back.
“What the fuck is wrong with you?!” Tiffany yelled back at Mark.
“I am so sorry for not calling you all summer. I have been going through some stuff
that I needed to work out.”
“That’s not a fucking excuse. I’ve been calling you and trying to talk to you. I
needed you.” Tiffany was irate.
“I understand that you are mad at me but I do need to talk to you about
something. I want to talk to all of you about this but I want to talk to you first. This is
really important.” Mark's voice began to crack. He was trying not to cry. Tiffany must
have heard it because she calmed down.
“Well we can talk if that’s what you want. I am still mad at you but I will always be
your best friend.” Mark hoped she meant what she said.
“Thanks Tiff. I will see you tomorrow at school and we can talk. I love you have a
“Love you too jack rabbit.” Tiffany said as she smiled. Mark ended the call.
He put the phone down onto his computer desk and stared at Facebook, he was on
George's page. There was a picture of them that they had taken at a fair while he was in
Pennsylvania. They both were smiling from ear to ear, and had their arms around each
other’s necks. Mark smiled as he stared at the picture but just then an icon appeared
at the top of his Facebook page, he had received a private message. He looked at it and
noticed that it was from someone he didn't know. He didn't recognize the name and
there was a picture of a street sign that read
Mark opened it and there on the screen was something that scared him.
Hey there Mark. I know you and you know me. Right now I don’t want you to
know who I am but do know that I will be watching you. I know the reason
why you left NYC, and you make me sick. So just know that I will keep an eye
on you and the truth always comes out in due time.
Mark's heart jumped in his chest and he felt sick. Someone was going to expose
him. Someone wanted to ruin his life and his friendships. Someone knew the truth.
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