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

#16 Things I Thought Were True

by Janet Gurtler
YA Contemporary
Paperback, 283 Pages
March 4th 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire


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 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.


My Review

This book was a good mix of fun, heartbreak, friendship, family, and romance. It was fun reading about these three characters, who were practically strangers, who end up on a road trip together and find a little bit more of themselves. Amy is quite quirky, but so sweet. Morgan has a tough exterior, but is actually very vulnerable. Then there's Adam who is kind of a geek, but a cute and kind one. They are a good combination.

I felt like I was being taken on a meandering ride as I got to know these characters. Morgan has some pretty big family issues to deal with and Amy has some issues of her own. Some of the ride I enjoyed and some of it I didn't. There was some drama, of course, but also some other content that I could have done without. I would have liked to have connected with the characters better and the story. There was just something lacking for me.

Overall a sweet story for Contemporary YA readers.

Content: Some swearing, innuendo, making out

Source: From tour host/NetGalley, which did not affect my review in any way.

The author, Janet Gurtler, is stopping by today to answer some questions, so go check that out here!

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