Monday, February 16, 2015

Book Review: "What I Thought Was True" by Huntley Fitzpatrick

It is the summer before senior year, and Gwen Castle thinks she knows pretty much what's in store.  Things don't change much on the island....  the summer people come in, the islanders (like Gwen, her best friend Vivian, and her cousin Nic) do their jobs to help their families make ends meet.  At least Gwen will be away from those rich kids from school... especially Cassidy Somers.  But when Cass shows up on the island - working (!) - Gwen isn't sure what to think or feel.  Things start becoming apparent from all directions that things are changing... is this a good thing?

This is an interesting story because while it is a romantic story, it isn't all rainbows and unicorns.  There is a lot of tension to work through.  Gwen has been hurt in different ways in the past, and she needs to work through that before she can bring down her walls of protection a bit.  Cass (I hate that name, but whatever) is not exactly what he seems either, and holy cow does he get some gold stars for putting up with Gwen's crap and sticking it out.

This is also a good reminder of how things are not always what they seem...  and goals and expectations can change.  You are never stuck in a situation unless you've resigned yourself to be.... you can always take steps to change your future.  It isn't easy, and you may have to ask for help (and not a lot of people like to do that) but you have to be honest with yourself and the ones you love.

I did like this book, but I did have some issues with it.  I found it more than a little frustrating that Gwen had this big secret history with a couple of the characters, and everyone knew the basics of that except me until halfway through the book.  Then, weird flashback scenes would happen that filled in details to what I'd already guessed.  It was just kind of weird and left me feeling a little disconnected and wondering what was going on - what were the motivations here.  It does end up being a decent summer love story, but you have to work for it more than I was expecting.

*****
What I Thought Was True
by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Dial, 2014
422 pages
Source:  ARC from a friend
*****

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