"Twelve-year-old Marie is a leader among the popular black girls in Chauncey, Ohio, a prosperous black suburb. She isn't looking for a friend when Lena Bright, a white girl, appears in school. Yet they are drawn to each other because both have lost their mothers. And they know how to keep a secret. For Lena has a secret that is terrifying, and she's desperate to protect herself and her younger sister from the their father. Marie must decide whether she can help Lena by keeping her secret...or be telling it."
"I used to say I’d be a teacher or a lawyer or a hairdresser when I grew up but even as I said these things, I knew what made me happiest was writing." - Jacqueline Woodson
I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This - is a fabulous book that I just finished reading about the lives of two girls and the diversity they live in, but because of a "secret", pulls their two worlds together.