What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: 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.
A magnetic, push-me-pull-me romance with depth, this is for fans of Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, and Deb Caletti.
My Thoughts: I loved Fitzpatrick's first book so I knew I had to jump right on this one!
We are introduced to Gwen Castle whose family isn’t rich. Her mother is a maid and her dad a fishermen of sorts. She also has a brother who has some problems and a cousin she is close too. He is dating her best friend.
Gwen was such a fun character. She had her own set of problems and inner dilemmas but I liked her a lot. We then meet Cassidy Somers. Oh sweet Cass. Cass isn’t really much like Gwen. His family has money and are doing ok. But, Cass’s dad gets him a job working as a yard boy for the summer to teach him responsibility.
Cass and Gwen have a little bit of a history and Gwen herself as a reputation. I didn’t really know what to think of her reputation at first. It isn’t really that bad but the things people say are pretty mean and I didn’t like it. Probably because she was just such a likable character.
They had so much chemistry and the way they ended up around each other. I just loved it! She is taking care of an older lady for the summer and Cass is just always there doing things that need done. She also ends up tutoring him and he teaches her brother to swim.
I don’t even know what to say. I just loved this one to pieces and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. The whole time I was reading, I felt like I was right there on the beach with them, or cooking lobsters, or swimming. I just loved it and enjoyed it. And I also loved all the tiny details involving family drama and friend drama. It was just all so nicely put together I just couldn’t get enough.
And Cass, oh sweet Cass. I love you. Can I have you? Will you be mine? I forget he’s not real but man oh man how I wish he were!!!
GREAT! GREAT! GREAT!! LOVED IT!
Overall: If you like contemps or you liked Fitzpatricks first novel, be sure to pick this one up right now!
I recommend this one all the way!!! Loved it!
Cover: Love it! Love the boy and girl, and love the colors especially the purplish tint. Its cute and amazing!
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