Book Review: What I Thought Was True – Huntley Fitzpatrick

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Title: What I Thought Was True (2014)
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Extent: 422 pages
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Goodreads Description

Gwen Castle has never so badly wanted to say goodbye 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.

Review

What I Thought Was True is the story of Gwen, who is unsatisfied with her life at this small, coastal town and wants better for herself. I picked it up after I finished (and loved!) Huntley Fitzpatrick’s other books, My Life Next Door and its companion/sequel, The Boy Most Likely To. I expected this book, like the other two, to be character-driven, more mature than the typical contemporary YA, and overall a good, solid story. Unfortunately, it succeeded on the first two counts, not so much the third. Let’s get to why. 🙂

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Book Review: The Boy Most Likely To – Huntley Fitzpatrick

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Title: The Boy Most Likely To (2015)
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Extent: 425 pages
Release Date: August 15, 2015
Rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads Description

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To… find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house.

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To… well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

Review

So I picked up The Boy Most Likely To almost directly after reading My Life Next Door, which I loved. This book picks up right after MLND and can be read as a stand-alone, but reading MLND first will definitely give more context to some of the problems the characters face here, whereas reading them the other way around might spoil The Boy Most Likely To.

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Book Looks: The Boy Most Likely To – Huntley Fitzpatrick

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Title: The Boy Most Likely To (2015)
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Description:

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To… find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house.

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To… well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

Read the first lines…

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Book Review: My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick

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Title: My Life Next Door (2012)
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Extent: 394 pages
Release Date: June 14, 2012
Rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads Description

“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

Review

Wow. Wow. I went in expecting fluffy and cute, and while there were definitely some fluffy and cute, I found My Life Next Door to be quite a bit heavier than the cover and title make it seem. It has all the elements of a light-hearted contemporary: Perfect Rich Girl meets Boy Next Door and embarks on a beautiful Forbidden Summer Romance, but Family Drama ensues, breaking them apart, but the characters in this book also deal with alcoholism, family and friendships, people’s perception and judgments, and even the moral distinction between right and wrong. ❤

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