The Truth About Us

The Truth About Us

Book - 2015
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When Jess's father orders her to work at a soup kitchen for the summer, she meets Flynn, a classmate from the wrong side of the tracks, and discovers that sometimes the person who should not fit in your world is the one who finally makes you feel as if you belong.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Fire, [2015]
ISBN: 9781402278006
1402278004
Branch Call Number: TEEN GURTLER
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 21 cm

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This is so much better than what I thought this book was; a cliché and boring contemporary. But it wasn’t. I loved how Jess and Flynn had a real relationship, not the unrealistic one where the girl and the boy “falls” for each other because of their appearances. They developed a friendship first and then overcame their differences. So many topics were written about in this book. Including the unequal distribution of wealth in society, as well as broken or abusive families. I admire Janet Gurtler for writing about these hard-to-tackle topics. Jess changed through the course of this book. She has such a likable personality that seemed real. She has her flaws, her issues and I feel like she could actually exist in real life. I loved her relationship with Wilf; the funny conversations and the way they needed each other as a grandpa and granddaughter. It was really sad to see Wilf go; this book is one of the few books that actually made me feel for the characters. What Wilf had done for Flynn and his family , as well as the letter he left for Jess, they all made me so emotional and made me love him even more. I also really liked the way Jess came back to the real her. I’m glad that she finally made up with Penny and Allie, as well as her mom. She got rid of bad influences and is being her true self again. Overall, I really liked this book because of the realistic characters, the mention of a variety of different issues in society, as well as the non-superficial relationship of Jess and Flynn. If you’re a fan of Huntely Fitzpatrick, Stephanie Perkins or Kasie West, definitely check out this book.
(Reviewed by Angela for the Cloverdale Library Teen Book Review Project)

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