ARC Review: 16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler

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16 things I thought were trueTitle: 16 Things I Thought Were True
Author: Janet Gurtler
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Author (ARC)

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Heart attacks happen to other people #thingsIthoughtweretrue

When Morgan’s mom gets sick, it’s hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn’t as far away as she thought…

Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk #thingsIthoughtweretrue

Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan’s getting to know the real Adam, and he’s actually pretty sweet…in a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?

5000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need #thingsIthoughtweretrue

With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of Cheetos to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She’s not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend…and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she can’t imagine living without.

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Big thanks to the author for sending me an ARC of this book! 

Janet Gurtler is slowly becoming a favourite YA author of mine. The interesting thing is that some YA authors seem to follow the cookie cutter formula when writing a book — eventually, you just know what to expect, from who the main character will meet, what the major dilemmas will be, to how the book will end. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but sometimes it’s nice to read a book from someone that really jerks your chain a bit — right when you think you know what’s going to happen, something else happens and you’re left in a puddle of your self wondering what just happened.

Right off the bat, I had mixed feelings towards the book. Towards the main character, really. I’m someone who’s on Twitter a fair amount (*cough*allthetime*cough*) and to me, it’s not all about the followers. Followers are great, but connections are even better. But to our main character, Morgan, Twitter is where the party is at. She really doesn’t know how to do real life relationships, especially after an incident leaves her feeling more segregated than ever. All Morgan wants now is followers and she’s always on the lookout for that perfect tweet. I think this is what left a sour taste in my mouth in the beginning, but I do get where Morgan was coming from. We’re slowly turning into a world that communicates mostly through technology rather than verbal communication — what we need to do is figure out how to use our words again.

Enter Amy and Adam. I was kind of in love with both of these two, Amy especially. They both got what Twitter was, but the extent that Morgan used it baffled them. I mean, you know you’re way too addicted to Twitter or your phone when people just assume you’re going to be using it for something or that you’re going to tweet something. When people call you out on this, it’s probably time to put the phone away. Amy and Adam were there to help Morgan get her head out of Twitter and into the real world. Real friends are good. Real relationships are good.

I loved that this book had a bit of a road trip aspect to it — something I wasn’t expecting but totally enjoyed. Even if I came out of the whole experience craving Cheetos. We also get to visit CANADA, which was awesome — I love books that take me through my home country, especially one of my favourite cities, Victoria. And on top of all of that, we also have lots of Serious Stuff going on like Morgan’s mom getting sick and Morgan learning the truth about who her father is (which is what prompts the road trip). I loved how all of these stories blended together to make one big moral to the story. I definitely felt like I learned my lesson by the end and felt like I should try more when it comes to real relationships. See, Janet, you taught me something!

This is the third book I’ve read by Janet Gurtler and I’m so excited to read more. Her books make me happy, they make me cry, and they make me think. Not only that, but it’s great to find such a wonderful author in my home province!

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3 thoughts on “ARC Review: 16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler

  1. Ooo, I want to read this one! It looks and sounds good! I’m not very good at using Twitter, I’m actually on it more now than I did before because what else is there to do while you have an infant laying on you in bed and your phone is the only thing within reach? lol. I think this would be an interesting read and I have read How I Lost You and really enjoyed it, so I would like to try more of Gurtler’s writing.

    Glad you enjoyed this!

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