ARC Review: Truest7:30 AM
Author: Jackie Lea Sommers
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: September 1st 2015
My Rating: 4 Stars
Silas Hart has seriously shaken up Westlin Beck's small-town life. Brand new to town, Silas is different than the guys in Green Lake. He's curious, poetic, philosophical, maddening-- and really, really cute. But Silas has a sister-- and she has a secret. And West has a boyfriend. And life in Green Lake is about to change forever.
Truest is a stunning, addictive debut. Romantic, fun, tender, and satisfying, it asks as many questions as it answers.
I was given an ARC by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
What drew me in to Truest was first and foremost it's pretty cover. But immediately after that, I read the synopsis and fell in love with it. There was just something about the vagueness of the synopsis that felt like it was begging to be read. Although the mystery in the synopsis was not mysterious at all in the story itself, I found myself loving this book.
"I don't have the luxury of seeing people's faces, which forces me to see their hearts."
I didn't think I would love this book at first since I am really against cheating and going behind her boyfriend's back, but I surprisingly did. This book is not just about young love; it's also about family, friendship, life, words, mental illnesses, and grief. The author was able to show me so much about everything in just less than 400 pages, and I really commend her for that. Everything felt very realistic to me.
"Rescue wears masks, you know. It's why people say it's darkest before the dawn. Sometimes things take a long time to make sense. Could be years and years - or only a weekend. Or they might never make sense. But that doesn't mean you stop trusting that the world is being rescued."
In this book, there was a long term friendship that ended, and another one that pushed through every hurdle and stayed strong and true in the end. There were two relationships that ended, but in the end it was all okay. There were friendships with both young and old people. There was a family slowly falling apart, only to have it mended in the end. The other one didn't do so well. What's amazing in this book is that it was able to show two sides of a spectrum. And the best part? It all felt realistic to me.
"If you look around the world, it seems pretty clear that God favors redemption over perfection."
If I had to choose one word to describe this book, I would choose "beautiful." I can't even pinpoint exactly what it is that makes this book so beautiful, but that's just what it is. It was amazing how to story tied together in the end.
I loved Jackie Lea Sommers' writing style in this book. She has this amazing power to choose the perfect words to band together to form meaningful and beautiful sentences. The quotable quotes in this book is just phenomenal and very deep. Definitely a must-read and definitely an author to look out for!
4 realistic stars