Release Date: November 3rd 2015
Genres: Death & Dying, Friendship, Girls & Women, Social Issues, Young Adult
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.
FAKING NORMAL by the same author was one of my favorite reads of 2014 so I had high expectations for THE LIES ABOUT TRUTH. Stevens’ new release has its good elements, but it just didn’t stand out to me as extraordinary, especially when compared to her debut.
“Maybe forgiveness was giving the past less power to hurt me.
Or even building new memories that were stronger than the painful ones.”
This is an extremely character driven novel, but it does not have bad pacing. We spend so much time in Sadie’s head and while knowing her feelings about everything is good on one hand because we get to know her fully and completely, it’s hard to branch out and connect to the other characters.
I think my main issue was just that-the other characters. None of them really stood out to me and most felt like they were just there. I never fully established a connection or cared about anyone else than the main character and even that was because I could relate to her thoughts and feelings.
The strongest aspect of this book, to me, was the friend and family dynamics in this novel. No disappearing YA parents here! Sadie’s parents were supportive and present in her life, which was a great change to see. THE LIES ABOUT TRUTH portrays friendship and forgiveness realistically and authentically.
“Sometimes a hand is an anchor. His held me to the world.”
The romance was close to perfect; it added to the story and was not an in-your-face thing. Max is so supportive and the two are great together. Their relationship was one of my favorite elements of the book.
While I thought FAKING NORMAL was a more powerful read than THE LIES ABOUT TRUTH, this one is still a great book with an important message and it might just have you reminiscing about your own memories with old friends.