What I Thought was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication date: April 15, 2014
Format: I purchased the book myself from Barnes and Noble. None of this post is sponsored.
You can purchase a copy from Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007HUD6Y8/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1#nav-subnav
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.
Gwen Castle's Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her idyllic 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 who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past--or the island--Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true--about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself--with what really is.
Huntley Fitzpatrick delivers another enticing summer read full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions, and a romance that will make every reader swoon.
I was eyeing this book for a SUPER long time but I kept telling myself that I will get it from the library but I finally gave in while visiting Kansas and just went ahead to got the book.
Feminism is a large part of this book. It actually got to the point where it got kinda annoying… I don’t know exactly why. I fully support women taking charge and getting what they’re supposed to get but this was just annoying.
I wanted to know more about the Coach. I feel like there was a lot more to his character, especially because he plays a lot in Nic’s and Cass’s life. It would also be amazing if him and Gwen’s mother got together.
Gwen is a really impulsive girl. She literally does what I wish I had the guts to do. Also the book really sets the romance standard high. Like if I were to go to/work in the island, this is how I would expect to fall in love… Standards too high?...ok then… Gwen is also super easy to like. Coming from a broken family, she still has her goals set out in front of her, and she knows that she’s working towards them every single day.
I think the book really captures the point of not having anything to lose when you have nothing to lose. I feel like most books these days that deal with these problems always have it so that the main character is saved at the end but the entire way through, the book stayed true to it’s character.
I loved Nic-her cousin and Vivian-her best friend. It’s the ‘best friends since forever, turned romance’ story. I actually really wish for a story about them, from when they were younger to now. (Huntley Fitzpatrick, if by any chance you are reading this, just know that I am desperately waiting for their story ;) )
The cover was absolutely amazing. The purple in both the sky and the water makes the book stand out from others. It’s a very cutesy cover but I feel like it underestimates the events about to happen in the book. I feel like the actual book had a lot more depth to it.
The book’s beginning reminded me of Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker, which I read a really, really, really long time ago. (Actually it was only a couple years ago but it feels like forever.)
There are many themes that the book touched on.
The way it’s written is also similar to Anna Perkin’s trilogy and Sarah Dessen’s books. I haven’t had time to read My Life Next Door yet but I am looking forward to reading it soon.
Of course I have to mention the cover. If you somehow missed it while reading the summary earlier, I would take a second to look at it now. It’s all varying shades of purple, which definitely popped out at me while I was browsing the bookshelves at Barnes & Nobles.
Overall, I give the book an 7/10 (4/5 stars). I recommend the book to anyone who liked My Life Next Door or Sarah Dessen’s books. The book was well written with multi-layered characters. I really liked the book but the romance wasn’t enough for me. I really wanted more from the book but for some reason it disappointed me a little. I think that it was probably because I had such high expectations for it.
So let me know in the comments below if you’ve read this book or if you’ve read any other books by Huntley Fitzpatrick and what you thought of them. Also what books should I read next?
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