What I Thought Was True - Book Review

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Started: August 12, 2015 | Finished: Sept 14, 2015

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published by Dial Books on April 15, 2014
Genre: Contemporary
Pages: 410
Book Edition: Paperback
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

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.
Rating: 3.5/5

My Review:

Another book that took me forever due to my Big Brother addiction. I would go days without reading, and only reading a chapter or two at a time until I finally buckled down and finished it. I'll be honest, if I had read this book straight through it might have got a higher rating. But it took me over a month to read it, and here we are.

This is the first Huntley Fitzpatrick book I've read, and I am now a fan! I really love her style of writing and how each character stands out.  The book follows Gwen Castle as she goes through summer on the island that she lives on called Seashell Island. They have summer jobs for everyone as it's a touristy place to go in the summer. Gwen is a great character who is a good girl, but has a past that has her a little jaded. Namely Cass who she names her biggest mistake ever! This story follows how they grow from avoiding each other to coming to terms to growing together. I really loved seeing that relationship progress given their circumstances.

The supporting characters were amazing as well! I really loved Gwen's family, there was her hardworking mom, her cool grandpa, her sweet little brother, her tough dad, and overly determined cousin, Nic. Nic and Viven (Gwen's best friend) have been together forever, and I really enjoyed that storyline, and there's a twist at the end to what happens with them.

Overall, really great summer read! This summer I was all about reading summer books, so this was a great one to end summer with. I definitely want to read more Huntley Fitzpatrick books after this one!

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