Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Review: The Lies About the Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

The Lies About TruthTitle: The Lies About the Truth 
Author:  Courtney C. Stevens
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publishing Date: November 3rd 2015
Pages:  336
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
Series:  Stand Alone
Source: E-ARC
Sadie Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent’s brother, Max.

As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she's unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him — even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she'll always be trapped in the past.

I am gong to admit... I thought this book sounded okay when I received it for review.. then thought I will get to it if I can... then I did get to it... and I was blown away. I felt all the feels, I cried, I felt warm fuzzies, I smiled, I giggled, I got angry. It was amazing and I had full blown book hangover from this read. 

Sadie has had a rough year. She was in a car accident, she lost one best friend in the crash and another in the aftermath.... along with her boyfriend. She is scarred- inside and out. The only good thing this year has been Max. Another survivor of the crash. With Max, her family, and her past, Sadie has to find a way wot accept her life, embrace who she is now, and move on.  

Very heartwarming, very heart wrenching, very heart worthy. This was one of my favorite reads of the year. I loved every word, every moment. I just loved loved loved it.

Sadie was a broken character. Broken, hurt, and feeling lost. What I loved about Sadie, she was broken yes, she was scarred yes, she was scared yes, but she was not bitter, she was not static. She wanted to move forward.. she just had to figure out the path to take. She both hated and loved herself , her friends, and her family. She was torn but she was determined. She did not whine, she did not give up. She put on a smile and took another step forward. She was really awesome and a great reason to love the book.

Another reason... Sadie's support system. Her family. They were loving, together, supportive, around. They gave her space but didn't let her get to far without guidance and a hand to help her through. Her friends.... Sadie wasn't talking to them but they didn't give up. They kept their distance for most part but always found a way to try to get back into her life. Max.... he was pretty special. He was also in the crash and lost his brother. He knows Sadie's pain, but doesn't dwell on it. He finds a way to push through then helps Sadie in the exact way she needs it. He accepts her.. scars, damage, and all. The community. It was a great community. They were understanding and supportive, Did what they could to for all those involved in the crash. One of the best support systems I have seen in a realistic fiction read.

The positive vibe.... There was no oh poor me... no life will never get better...no I want to stab my eye out because of the doom and gloom. The story had its sad and its hard to deal with stuff. But the book wasn't about what was lost it was about what can be gained. It was about strength and hope and acceptance. It was so full of positive I couldn't help but feel good and inspired.

The main reason I loved this book. The writing. It was all around well done. It had all that I needed to have a memorable and enjoyable read. Great story, lovable characters, and just all the feel good feels.

I can't sing the praises of this book enough. It just knocked my socks off and I will forever be telling of this book. I recommend it too... well everyone. 

So much raving!!!!! 

Courtney C. Stevens grew up in Kentucky and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an adjunct professor and a former youth minister. Her other skills include playing hide-and-seek, climbing trees, and being an Olympic torch bearer. She is also the author of Faking Normal, which Kirkus Reviews called “a story that resonates” and Publishers Weekly called a “rich debut,” as well as the e-novella The Blue-Haired Boy, and the recently released The Lies About Truth.

1 comment:

  1. What a character she is! I haven't read this one yet, mainly because I read Everything That Makes You and hated it because I couldn't stand the way the MC acted in both sides, but this sounds so much better!


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