The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

24928294Book: The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens
Series: N/A
Pages: 336
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date Published: November 3rd, 2015
Source: ARC
Date Started: December 6th, 2015
Date Finished: December 16th, 2015

Sadie 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’ve been needing a good contemporary lately because all I have been reading is fantasy and science fiction. I was expecting something light and a quick read, but I’m not quite sure that I feel satisfied with what I read in The Truth About Lies. It felt like something was missing and I’m not quite sure what.

I believe that this story can have a big impact on someone’s life. This story features a young girl dealing with a tragic accident that left her scarred in so many ways and without her best friend, Trent. Afterwards, the story takes place a year later where Sadie has lost her confidence, lost touch with her friends, and has a lot of change coming. Again. Whether you’ve been in an accident yourself, have lost friends, have lost your confidence, or just grew up as a teenager, you’ll find something that will call to you. Something that will tug on your heartstrings. I know there were a few times that the story hit close to home for me.

However, the story didn’t hook me in as much as I wanted it to. There was a lot of hope for Sadie, and I loved that. She went through so much growth, which was just beautiful, but I think that maybe the was too much growth in such a short amount of time. I would have expected Sadie’s journey to have taken a little more time and not just all at once. Everything felt a little too tied up at the end. I love that there was hope for Sadie and she was able to find her way, but it doesn’t always happen that way. But like I said, I do believe this story can have a great impact on someone, but it just didn’t have the big impact on myself.

Another thing I was a little unsure of was the emails that were sent to Max after the death of Trent. I liked that they showed how Sadie and Max’s relationship developed, but I’m not sure that it added much to the overall story.

What I did love about this story was the awesome support system that Sadie had, even if she didn’t always feel like using it. Her parents were the best. They were supportive, but not overbearing. They made a few mistakes, pushed her a little too far at times, but it was clear they wanted her happy. Max, her love interest, was great as well. He went through the same fate as Sadie, and really understood her. I liked that he didn’t push her to open up, but rather he showed her that he was ready whenever she was. Best love interest anyone could hope for.

This was a quick light read that will have an impact on someone. It didn’t quite have the impact on me that I was hoping for, but that doesn’t mean its not a good book. I truly see the value in this book. I definitely recommend this one if you love contemporary.

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