Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a
car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face
scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand
her is Trent’s brother, Max.
As Sadie begins to fall
for Max, she's unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him —
even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the
truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has
to decide if she can embrace the future or if she'll always be trapped
in the past.
I was given an ARC by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
may have been expecting something from this book because of how much I
loved Faking Normal, but I don't know what that something is. While I am
not really disappointed in this one because I feel like they're really
different, I do like Faking Normal more than this one.
7 THINGS I LOVED ABOUT THE BOOK:
• The family aspect:
Oh my gosh, the family aspect in this book is unbelievable! I love the
relationship of Sadie's parents - it was clear that they loved each
other very much and they have a great relationship! My favorite family
aspect is how Sadie's mom can still scold and be firm with Sadie, while
giving her all the support that she could get. I really felt uplifted by
that and it just warmed my heart.
"From what I could tell, happiness was getting stuck with someone and never feeling stuck."
• The friendship:
The friendship in this book is so, so good. Granted, they weren't
friends for most of the book - Sadie, Gray and Gina, I mean - but it
portrayed how friends will always have ups and downs and challenges to
face. The way that they made up, which took a lot of time, made it seem
realistic to me. I also really enjoyed all the fun times that were
portrayed of the four or five friends in this book.
"Where one goes, the other follows."
• Sadie's relationship with her psychologist
In most teenage novels, the psychologists are the bad guys, the
bitches, the uncaring bastards. In this book, Sadie actually appreciated
her doctor and was really willing to let him help her, which I think
really helped her case. It was also clear that Dr. Fletcher really cared
about Sadie's progress and was really supportive throughout everything.
"Scars tell a story, but this week, you decide what that story's going to be."
• The healing journey:
I love how the healing process in the book was done gradually, instead
of immediately. Also, I loved how Sadie actually did the healing on her
own rather than relying on the love interest, Max. Granted, she had help
from Max, but he wasn't at the core of it. I also loved the support
that everyone has given her. As with the friendship, I think this one
was really realistic too.
"Sometimes the journey to let someone love you is the journey to loving yourself."
• The writing:
Courtney C. Stevens' writing can do no wrong! She fall in love with her
words with Faking Normal, and she has done it again with The Lies About
the Truth. I just love how she lets her stories unravel and she has
really good choice in words, which creates lots of quotable quotes in
Trent like I missed the person I used to be. Makeup covered parts of the
my, scars, but nothing covered up grief.”
My gosh, Max was so sweet in this book! He was the expert at pushing
Sadie to reach her goals while not being pushy or obvious. I loved how
he was always there without hovering, and how he just seems to know
exactly what Sadie needs. Best of all, I think he is the most patient
and most understanding love interest I've read.
"I think maybe everyone is a mystery. Even the people we know really well."
• Metal Pete:
My gosh, the friendship of this two is just so weird that I love it!
Just imagine - a car parts owner and a teenage girl! I loved the dynamic
of their friendship, and how much they understood each other without
words having to come out. He was also really supportive, and I loved how
Sadie could confide in him.
"Then, somehow, you have to accept that you're still here, and that maybe, just maybe, there's a reason. Find the reason."
book was an amazing journey for me to take part in, with really amazing
character development. I was not able to connect with the characters as
much as Faking Normal, but I loved watching how everything unraveled. I
didn't feel like I was the main character in this book, but a spectator
from afar, watching everything unfold.
4 eye-opening stars