Title: What I Thought Was True
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
My Rating: 2/5 stars
From the acclaimed author of My Life Next Door comes a swoony summertime romance full of expectation and regret, humour and hard questions.
Gwen Castle has never so badly wanted to say good-bye to her island home till now: the summer her Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, takes a job there as the local yard boy. 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.
I’m going to be completely honest. I thought I was going to love this because I adored My Life Next Door but I was really disappointed. For the course of the whole book, I was confused. I couldn’t tell if something was a flashback until it was the end and she was in the same position as before the flashback started. The descriptions were also hard to grasp and I kept asking question after question but never really got an answer.
At first the characters seemed fine but I gradually seemed to dislike them. Gwen slept with two people on the same night because she was scared the first guy didn’t like her. To be honest, that is a stupid reason. Gwen’s cousin seemed like a protective brother and it was really sweet. I actually liked Cass, he’s just gorgeous and perfect. And I adore Gwen’s little brother. He’s just the sweetest boy ever (though I’ve already forgotten his name).
I felt as if there wasn’t really much plot in this and that the story was mainly just describing Gwen’s summer and bits and pieces of her past. Also, the ending left me completely clueless. I had no idea what had happened.
My review for this is short because I don’t really know what to talk about it. My reading experience with this was awful because I kept pushing it away and procrastinating so that I didn’t have to read it. It almost got me into a slump but I read another quick read which stopped me from falling into the slump.
I know there are people who actually really love it, but I wouldn’t recommend this if you are looking for a light and fluffy contemporary read like My Life Next Door.