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Secrets is a children's book by Jacqueline Wilson, published in 2002. "Secrets" is told from the point of view of two pre-adolescent girls, Treasure and India, via their diary entries. Despite their very different backgrounds, the girls strike up a friendship and their stories begin to intertwine.

Contains the following tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: Treasure's stepfather Terry hits her with his belt, buckle end at the starts of the story. This act is what prompts Treasure's nan to take Treasure away from the household once and for all.
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  • Adults Are Useless: Zigzagged, as Treasure's nan and most of her family are well aware of what a scumbag Terry is and do their best to protect Treasure from him, but on India's side her parents are chronically neglectful of their daughter and Wanda is more concerned with herself than India's wellbeing, even though that's her job.
  • Alcoholic Parent: India's father has an obvious drinking problem and India admits she's frightened of him when he drinks, even though he's never been violent with her.
  • Big Bad: Terry is this in Treasure's side of the story.
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: Treasure's nan Rita is very young and glamorous for a woman who has had six kids, to the point Treasure says her mother Tammy looks older than her mother.
  • Jerkass Façade: A mild example, Treasure acts tough to protect herself from the abuse from her family, but as India discovers, she's actually a sweet, compassionate person once you get to know her.
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  • Really Gets Around: India's dad is implied to have slept with most if not all of India's previous au pairs and India speculates he got Wanda, her most recent one, pregnant.
  • Shrinking Violet: India is usually this way unless she gets to a subject she's passionate about.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Patsy, Nan's youngest child and Treasure's aunt, is a very sweet girl despite being spoiled rotten by Nan and her father Pete, though she does occasionally have some Innocently Insensitive moments.
  • The Un-Favourite: Treasure is this to her own mum, who admitted she didn't even want to have Treasure and denies that her husband whipped her to protect him, not Treasure.
    • Averted, however, with Nan, who admits at the end of the novel that while she loves all her children and grandchildren, Treasure is her true favourite.
  • Yes-Man: Alice to Maria, the most popular girl in India's class, agreeing with every single thing Maria says and offering no opinions of her own.
  • You Are Fat: Moya towards India, albeit she never says it, which causes an incredible amount of strain between them. India herself speculates her mother is anorexic and insists she'd rather be fat than a stick figure.
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