Tuesday, 22 April 2014
What I Thought Was True
From the author of My Life Next Door comes a swoony summertime romance full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions.
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.
This was one of the two books I hauled in April. I bought it because I had read My Life Next Door a few years ago and could not have loved that book more. (I wish I had written an actual review for that one, but alas I did not.) This one was a little bit of a disappointment.
This book was not at all what I expected. It's not that the book was bad...it wasn't. It just wasn't for me. I couldn't connect with Gwen. We are SO different. I'm more like her best friend Viv or Gwen's mom. I can't really explain why we are so different. Maybe because she was all about action and I am more inclined to be at home with a book. Not sure.
I didn't really like Cass either. He did something in the past that Gwen can't understand or forgive him for. He explains himself and spoiler she forgives him, but I didn't. His explanation just seemed like a cop-out to me. I liked him in the second half of the book. He was sweet with her little brother, Emory, but I'm not sure that made up for everything else.
There was a twist at the end that I saw coming. There were so many hints dropped that I just knew s*** was going to hit the fan. I hate to say it, but I wish I hadn't purchased this one.