I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on 2014-03-04
Genres: Adolescence, Family, Friendship, Parents, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Also by this author: The Truth About Us
Heart 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? 5000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need #thingsIthoughtweretrue 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.
I loved the journey the characters went through in this book. They all learn something, and how things aren’t always as they appear.
There were times that Morgan drove me nuts. She doesn’t have many friends, except online, and thinks the Twitter follower number is all that matters. Morgan is forced to interact with actual people, and she doesn’t really know what to do. I love the secondary characters, Amy and Adam. Amy never has a problem filling the silence, and Adam is not the person Morgan thinks he is. He may actually be fun.
I really enjoyed how Morgan works through her awkwardness interacting with actual people. She goes through so many things in this book, and I think she comes out a stronger person because of it. There were parts where I was laughing out loud, crying, and grinning from the joy shown by the characters.
16 Things I Thought Were True is a great coming of age story, and shows that many times your followers aren’t the people that will be there to help you through a rough patch.