Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick | Book Review

Reading Group: High School+

Personal Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Synopses: The eagerly anticipated follow-up to My Life Next Door is a magnetic, push-me-pull-me summer romance for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han.

17-year-old Gwen Castle's Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners to her island's summer population. Gwen dreams of getting off the island, and a summer job working for one of the elderly residents might just be her ticket to the good life. But what will it mean for Gwen's now life? Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to come to terms with what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—and figure out what really is.

Cover: The cover of this book has Gwen and Cass standing in the water.  Water is really big in this story because they live on an island, Cass and Gwen's cousin are both competing for swim team captain during the story, and Cass helps teach Gwen's brother to swim.  However, water is also a sign of rebirth, which is what happens with Cass and Gwen's relationship.

My Review: Huntley Fitzpatrick reminds me of Sarah Dessen in the way she writes her books because they're all fun, summer books.  I really enjoyed My Life Next Door, so I was excited to read this book, and it was as great as I expected it to be.  Year round island living involves everyone knowing everyone else's business.  Mix in high school and what you ate for breakfast might as well be front page news for how fast people learn things about you.  Gwen was humiliated by Cass the summer before this story starts, resulting in her hating everything he stood for.  But now he's everywhere she is and it's impossible not to form some sort of relationship.  Over time Gwen can't deny that Cass is a good guy.  Especially when he's the only one who can help her little brother learn to swim.  Or when he's so loyal to his best friend he's willing to keep a secret he knows will upset Gwen.  Plus, it's impossible for him to lie to her, so he's easy to trust.  And as Gwen's family life continues to grow crazier, Cass is the good crazy she can escape into.  This book is all about second chances and discovering that when things are meant to be, they'll happen even if some obstacles have to be overcome first.  

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