A Fabrication of the Truth by Katie Kaleski
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Format: I received a review copy of the book for a blog tour hosted by YA Book Bound Tour.
You can purchase a copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KPF96JU/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
The last time Lexie Stein saw Dalton Reyes he lay in a pool of blood, hovering somewhere between life and death. Now, five years later, he's the new guy in her high school.
What happened between then and now is a mystery Lexie is afraid to explore. Just one lie uncovered from her past can cause the house of cards she's so carefully constructed to come crashing down around her. And Dalton is the key to that past.
She doesn't need her grandmother's warnings to convince her that Dalton means trouble. But the bond they shared as kids seems to have only gotten stronger, transforming into something wonderful and powerful.
When Dalton opens up about the intervening years and what they mean for his future, Lexie is determined not to let him get away a second time.
I was so excited for this book, when I saw the cover up on YA BookBound review copies up for grabs. The cover is so pretty and the lettering of it is unique and eye catching. But that’s enough about the cover (for now at least), let’s move onto the actual book.
I have very mixed feelings about the book. There were certain parts that I absolutely adored, but then there were other parts that left me feeling very, empty. I like the idea and the connection of the main character, Lexie’s life and the title. All of her life, since she was a small child, he had always told her to make up lies, or more so, fabrications of the truth because no one can know about what he does or what happens. When a certain event happens to Lexie as well as Dalton, it scars both of them for life, one more than another, and Lexie has resorted to getting through life with her fabrications. So why wouldn’t Lexie totally freak out when she sees Dalton, the guy that she hasn’t seen since the day of the incident, and the one person that she thought she would never see again shows up at her school one day? It’s only natural and it probably didn’t help that he’s now known as the ‘cute new guy’ at school.
Of course, it probably doesn’t help that he only notices her, not any of the other girls pining after him, drawing unwanted attention to Lexie.
One thing that bothered me was the we, the audience didn’t get any of the crucial information until like the very last minute possible. Most of the time I spent on the book was just me thinking, what’s going on, what happened?
One of the scenes that I liked the most, was the one where everyone finds out the truth, and Dalton’s family finally realizes that the past is in the past and that they should move on. Another scene that I liked was when the reader finally gets the truth about what happened that one day, and why it has led them to where they are now. It is one of the main things that advances the storyline forward.
This wasn’t your average Contemporary book. There was a lot more of the mystery element incorporated and I actually really liked that. I don’t read a lot of mystery genres so this was a nice twist to it. It was fresh and fun while being emotionally tugging at the same time. There was also a lot of flashing backwards to events that happened years ago, to give us the full story. A lot of the book was like piecing a puzzle together, with the small amounts of information that we receive at a time.
The ending kinda threw me off. It felt rushed to me, just kind of pushed together. You know that feeling when you reach the last piece of paper in your notebook and you’re only in the middle of the lecture feeling? That’s how I felt. But other than that, I felt that it was very well written.
Overall, I give the book a 6/10 (3/5 stars). I enjoyed the writing and the plot idea, but there was something about that that bothered me a little. I recommend this to people who enjoy a ya romance with a little bit of mystery tied into it. Personally, I think it was missing an element that I can’t exactly place my finger on but overall, it’s a good book.
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