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#16 Things I Thought Were True Book Review

16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler

Publisher: Sourcefire Books

Publication date: March 4, 2014

Source: Library

SynopsisHeart attacks happen to other people #thingsIthoughtweretrue

When Morgan’s mom gets sick, it’s hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn’t as far away as she thought…

Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk #thingsIthoughtweretrue

Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan’s getting to know the real Adam, and he’s actually pretty sweet…in a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?

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With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of Cheetos to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She’s not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend…and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she can’t imagine living without.

Personal Thoughts: I’ve read a few of Janet Gurtler’s books before like I’m Not Her and How I Lost You and I went into her newest book with high expectations. Let’s just say that they were surpassed. This is definitely my new favorite book by her.  🙂 Adam and Amy, Morgan’s newest accidental friends are exactly what she needs after her ‘famous’ viral YouTube video that created the ultimate humiliation for her. Nothing has been the same since it was posted by her ex-best friend.

Morgan’s summer starts off to a bad start when her mother is sent to the hospital with heart problems. Things get even worse when her mom gives her a bombshell  and the secret is not a secret anymore.  This ensues in a road trip into foreign territory where Morgan isn’t sure she wants to go into. However, with the help of her new friends, they set out to discover the truth and learn a lot about themselves along the way. 16 Things I Thought Were True is an amazing story about friendship, family and trying to belong. The author does a great job developing the characters and they are very relatable.  Great summer read recommendation!

Rating: 5/5 Stars


How I Lost You Book Review


How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler

Publication Date: April 23, 2013

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Source: Own a personal copy

Synopsis (Goodreads): There are a few things Grace Anderson knows for sure. One is that nothing will ever come between her and her best friend, Kya Kessler. They have a pact. Buds Before Studs. Sisters Before Misters. But in the summer before senior year, life throws out challenges they never expected. And suddenly the person who’s always been there starts to need the favor returned. Grace and Kya are forced to question how much a best friend can forgive. And the answer is not what they expected.

Personal Thoughts: I have read I’m Not Her and If I Tell by this author and they were written really well. Janet Gurtler is a new favorite of mine and her books have been auto reads for me. How I Lost You was a great read. It had a great story line and the plot made you wonder what was going to happen next. I loved the setting of the book! Chicks and paint balls? Yes please! It was a refreshing setting and it made you see what goes on when people are really into paint ball.

The sub plots were interesting and in some cases there was a lot of tension. I loved Levi and Grace’s characters the most. There was just something that was real about them and they were portrayed very well. One thing that irritated me was how often the “I’m your best friend and always will be” argument was brought up. It was just repeated way too often and I felt it was unnecessary. It didn’t really add anything to the story.

Overall I loved the premise of the story. The story of how Grace and Kya become best friends and what can go wrong when one is no longer happy with the relationship was written very well. There was no sugar coating and I wasn’t expecting any from Janet Gurtler.  The other relationships in the book were fully developed as well and we could relate to a lot of the characters that were mentioned  What an awesome read!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Waiting on Wednesday: 16 Things I Thought Were True

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

16 Things I Thought Were True

16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler

Publication Date: March 4, 2014

Publisher: Sourcefire Books

Synopsis: Morgan McLean wants to know the truth about the dad she’s never met. Even if it means a road trip with a guy she’s not supposed to be crushing on and a girl who can’t seem to stop talking.

What she learns along the way is not at all what she expected…

Personal Thoughts: I love Janet Gurtler so when I heard that she was writing another book I couldn’t help but sqeel a little bit because I’m so excited. 🙂  Her writing is amazing, the characters are well developed and the plot line is always realistic. I can’t wait for 16 Things I Thought Were True to come out!  Ohh  March you are way too far away 🙁

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Book Review: I’m Not Her

I’m Not Her by Janet Gurtler

Published: May 1, 2011

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Source: Library

Synopis (Goodreads): “For the first time in my life, I didn’t feel envy…”

Tess is the exact opposite of her beautiful, athletic sister. And that’s okay. Kristina is the sporty one, Tess is the smart one, and they each have their place. Until Kristina is diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly Tess is the center of the popular crowd, everyone eager for updates. There are senior boys flirting with her. Yet the smiles of her picture-perfect family are cracking and her sister could be dying. Now Tess has to fill a new role: the strong one. Because if she doesn’t hold it together, who will?

Personal Thoughts:

This was a hard book to read, mainly because of the subject matter. Cancer is one of those things that you know exists in the world, however, we think that we are invincible and it will never impact us. That is not the case for Tess’ sister Kristina. She’s the perfect daughter, popular, athletic and into boys and makeup and Tess’ mom prefers her over Tess. Nobody notices Tess at school and she is the outcast. Everything changes when Tess’ family discovers that Kristina has cancer. Tess begins to be noticed at school, but not for the right reasons. Everyone is talking to her because they want to find out the latest on Kristina’s cancer and how she is doing. It all starts to be too much and Tess can’t handle it.

I found Tess’, Jeremy’s and Nick’s characters the most relatable and developed. We didn’t really get a chance to really know Kristina beyond the surface. The twist towards the end was shocking and I wasn’t expecting it. It was like ‘wow, did  that just really happen’?  The book definitely impacted my mood for a few days and made me really think about what kind of world we live in.  Janet Gurtler tackles the story line really well and it feels realistic.

This is my second book by this author and she is going on my auto-read list. Her writing style grabs at you and your feelings, it makes you look at the world in a different way. There is no sugar coating in any of her books and she tells it like it is, what you do with it is a different story. Although this was a difficult read, I will be re-reading it sometime in the future. Sometimes when you re-read books, you tend to find out more and see things more clearly from when you originally read it.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Waiting on Wednesday: How I Lost You

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How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler

Publishing: May 1, 2013

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Goodreads: (Synopsis):  There are a few things Grace Anderson knows for sure. One is that nothing will ever come between her and her best friend, Kya Kessler. But in the summer before senior year, life throws out challenges they never expected–

Personal Thoughts: I loved If I Tell  and I hope this upcoming book will be just as good. I am currently reading her other works, and loving them as well. There is just something about Gurtler’s writing style that takes a hold of you and won’t let you go. It is both realistic and enjoyable to read. Come on May hurry up already so I can see how great this book is 🙂

Book Review: If I Tell

If I Tell by Janet Gurtler

Published: October 1, 2011

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): “It was like watching a train wreck. I wanted to look away but couldn’t take my eyes off them.” IF ONLY …If only I hadn’t gone to that party. I never would have seen what I did. Jackson wouldn’t have driven me home. I wouldn’t have started to fall for a guy just out of reform school. I could go back to pretending everything was normal. I wouldn’t be keeping a secret from my mom that could blow our family apart …

Personal Thoughts: This was one of those books that I had to put down when I finished it and think about it for a while. I have not read any books by Janet Gurtler before this and now that I have, I know that I have been missing out on a great author. Her writing invokes something deep within you, takes a grab of you and won’t let go, even after you have completed the book. It has a distict style that sometimes tells you everything and nothing at the same time. As soon as you started to read, you knew that something major had happened, yet you didn’t know what until later on in the book. That sense of suspense and mystery is there right from the start.

The main character, Jaz, caused herself quite a bit of stress and drama due to what she saw and couldn’t tell anyone. If she told someone about it, she would have saved herself a lot of heartache. Gurtler’s writing style is really unique and through it you able to see the inner struggle of Jaz and those around her. The family struggles, the interracial issues and her friends issues force Jaz to take a closer look of who she really is and evaluate her life, before moving on and trying for a fresh start. There are a few lessons that the author fits into the story to make us, the reader, think about our own views and perspectives and the world around us. This is a book that once it’s put down will still stay with you after you have finished reading it.

Rating: 3/5 Stars