Monday, 24 August 2015

Review: Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers

Silas Hart has seriously shaken up Westlin Beck's small-town life. Brand new to town, Silas is different than the guys in Green Lake. He's curious, poetic, philosophical, maddening-- and really, really cute. But Silas has a sister-- and she has a secret. And West has a boyfriend. And life in Green Lake is about to change forever.

Truest is a stunning, addictive debut. Romantic, fun, tender, and satisfying, it asks as many questions as it answers.

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 1st 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Terri's Thoughts

** I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.  The expected publication date is September 1st 2015**

I am going to open with a little bit of constructive criticism.  There seems to be a recent trend in the YA genre where the characters who are teenagers, speak, act and have interests that are normally reserved for much older more educated audience.  While this does create eccentric characters I also believe it take away a bit of the credibility.  I myself was a smart seventeen year old from a small town and I did not talk or act like these people.

That being said this was a very touching story about finding young love and within its craziness discovering who you are as a person.  From the moment that West and Silas met you knew that they were destined for each other.  There interactions with each other were both comical and tender.  It was beautiful watching these two fall in love.

This was also a tragic story about mental illness.  While it got a little lost in the philosophical debates about Gods existence, it was still tragic nonetheless.  Put young love together and tragedy and you know you are bound to have a good read.

Towards the end the story started to sound a little "preachy" with a little too much mention of God for my liking however the story pulled back right before my attention was lost.  This may not phase some but for others out there it is a fair warning and it is worth it to hang in there.

This was a great story.  I laughed out loud and shed tears within the same pages.  On the Terri scale of enjoyment that means that it is definitely a keeper.  I really like this one.

About the Author

Jackie lives and loves and writes in Minneapolis, where the people are nice and the O’s are long.


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