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

November 2, 2015 Review 18 ★★★½

ARC Review: The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens
The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens
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Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Edelweiss
Pages: 336
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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

aliseFAKING 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.

Rating Report
Overall: 3.5

18 Responses to “ARC Review: The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens”

    • Alise

      This one has a really different feel when compared to Faking Normal so I would curious to see what you would think of this one!

  1. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    When you’re reading a really character-driven book, like this one, you kind of expect to connect with ALL of the characters. That can be tricky sometimes though, especially when there are a few secondary characters. I’m sorry that this one fell a bit flat compared to the author’s debut but you’re right that it still sounds like it has a powerful message and could be a rewarding read in it’s own right. I’d want to read her other book first and see how I make out with that one but I might just check this one out after :)
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  2. Madiha @ Paper Skies

    I haven’t read any books by this author, but I have been meaning to for a really long time because I heard nothing but praise, for both Faking Normal as well as this bit. I did request it on Netgalley and now a little relieved that they turned me down. Maybe I’ll read Faking Normal first and then give this a try. Lovely review, Alise!
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  3. Kirsty-Marie Jones

    I guess that’s what happens sometimes with such a strong debut, glad it isn’t bad, but shame it didn’t really stand out as much as Faking Normal. YAY FOR THE PARENTS ACTUALLY BEING THERE AND BEING SUPPORTIVE. And for the romance, it probably would’ve ruined it if it was in your face, especially because of the connection and issues. I might actually read and finish this one (still haven’t been able to finish Faking Normal.) :(
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    • Alise

      The parents in this book were such a welcome change! That’s true. Aw, I hope you can, if you do let me know your thoughts!

  4. Peach @ Rebelle Reads

    I think the covers are always what get me. I really love this one, really. Shame, it didn’t have much of an impact. I’m always looking to relate to AT LEAST one of the characters and when I can’t, I think it’s a major fault point. I really do love the anchor quote, though. Yay for no disappearing parents! I can’t even talk about how many times I’ve read that trope, haha. Lovely review, Alise!
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    • Alise

      I know exactly what you mean, especially in a character-driven novel it’s important to establish that connection. There were some good quotes here! Thank you :)

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