Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers on April 15, 2014

Summary: "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 who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is." -- From Goodreads

My Thoughts:

Holy complex characters, Batman!  Gwen struggles with a lot of things in this novel: her slightly blemished past when it comes to boys, her relationships with her family, and other people's secrets.  She's a good girl, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that she has sex (gasp!) and handles it like a normal teenager would.  I feel like a reader would see Gwen's inability to talk things through with Cass the first time as a normal teenage reaction, and that maybe she may have been a little too young to have sex.

And Cass!  I have a tiny rant here, because my name is Cassie, and the main swoonworthy boy was Cassidy... why didn't Fitzpatrick pick a better boy name?  Oh well, I loved the chemistry between him and Gwen.  I appreciated the supporting characters too, as they were complex and seamlessly added to the story.

Disclosure: I borrowed a copy from my library.

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