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Jess is the rich girl who is acting out Flynn is from the wrong side of the tracks And I m the reader who doesn t care at all I kinda understand Jess I mean I get it, you have money, you feel like nobody loves you, dysfunctional family you really tend to act out An her self realizations and her desire to grow was admiring I like that about her She knows she s messed up and she decided to needs to change.Now Flynn on the other hand Oh the hurty feelings Flynn is so complicated, sometimes I wonder if he has the problem of earth in his shoulders So tired of guys who doesn t know what he wants He pulls her then pushes back.WHAT DUDE WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT Look, I KNOW He has issues.Please don t assume that life is is easy on me and I m making fun of Flynn, we all have issues And I get Flynn But the way Flynn is coping is so not helping him Jess of course doesn t get all this because she s into her romance dilemna I MEAN HELLO, PRIORITIES And there s also this thing that Flynn did towards the that is so unbelievable I can t believe Jess forgave him so fast It must be true love Janet Gurtler does have a very beautiful way of writing But as pleasant as that was, my annoyance just keeps popping and my supposed to be swoony feeling didn t show I still recommend this book I just think it s not for everybody I had some issues but there s a chance you might enjoy it. A Powerful And Gripping Contemporary YA From The Author Of I M Not Her That S Just Right For Fans Of Sarah Dessen And Jodi Picoult BooklistThe Truth Is That Jess Knows She Screwed UpShe S Made Mistakes, Betrayed Her Best Friend, And Now She S Paying For It Her Dad Is Making Her Spend The Whole Summer Volunteering At The Local Soup KitchenThe Truth Is She Wishes She Was The Care Free Party Girl Everyone Thinks She IsShe Pretends It S All Fine That Her Perfect Family Is Fine But It S Not And No One Notices The Lieuntil She Meets Flynn He S The Only One Who Really Sees Her The Only One Who ListensThe Truth Is That Jess Is Falling Apart And No One Seems To Care But Flynn Is The Definition Of The Wrong Side Of The Tracks When Jess S Parents Look At Him They Only See The Differences Not How Much They Need Each Other They Don T Get That The Person Who Shouldn T Fit In Your World Might Just Be The One To Make You Feel Like You Belong I m excited about this book since I did write it after all It comes out in April 2015 I got a peek at the cover and it s so cute Can t wait to share And for some reason I can t comment on the comments you ve left below, but THANKS I m glad you liked it Oh wow A fantastic, truly emotional read Why did it take so long for me to get around to reading a book by this brilliant author Her writing style and this book reminded me of Emerald Barnes Read Me Dead, and some of the Jolene Perry books I have read.INITIAL THOUGHTSI ve read lots of reviews for books by Janet Gurtler, but had never actually read one of her titles myself So when I saw this one on Netgalley, requested it, was accepted and decided to read this one and review it for coincide with it s release.MY REVIEWAs I said above I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.The cover has a couple hugging near a brick wall I think the couple represent Jess and Flynn I think that the wall symbolize s the wall , or divide that is between the couple Jess living in the opulent side of town, and Flynn existing in a poor and rough side of town So would the cover make me pick up the book in a book store If I was looking for a contemporary read yes.The central characters in this book are Jess, the youngest in her rather well off family Until recently she had a perfect life, that was until her mum was attacked whilst out jogging in the park Since being attacked her mum has suffered awful depression and has quite literally withdrawn from life Since Jess s mother is always in her room, Jess father is away working hard trying to keep the family in the style of life they are accustomed to as his wife is no longer working, so he isn t around much Jess older sister Allie is always staying over at her friends houses, well that s what she is telling her father, she is secretly almost living at her boyfriends house So Jess is somewhat at a loose end, alone for the majority of the time Jess has sort of been going off the rails, she s become closer friends with her mothers friends daughter Nance Nance has an older brother who takes money from them and buys them alcohol It s coming to a point where Jess can t function in company without a drink Jess and Nance certainly loose their inhibitions one day at Nance s house when they decide to sunbathe topless Nance s usually absent mother Carol, returns home early and catches the girls, she telephones Jess father and drives her home Her father takes drastic action and as a punishment set Jess up with a part time summer job in a missionary shelter called New Beginnings for poor over in the rough end of town What is meant to be a punishment ends up as a life changing experience in ways than one for Jess.At the shelter Jess rapidly learns that not everyone has as easier life as she did before her mothers attack Jess works hard to prove herself to the other workers at the shelter, and also becomes friends with some of the people that go to the shelter regularly The three characters I immediately loved in this book were Wilf an elderly ageing man who enjoys a verbal sparring match with Jess on a regular basis, though he also shows his sensitive side allowing Jess to help him out in the greenhouse tending his treasured azalea s that his late wife Rhea loved so much The other two characters are Flynn and his younger brother Kyle Flynn is embarrassed about needing to go to the shelter to have a decent meal, he actually insists on working at the shelter to give back and show his gratitude for the meal So Jess and Flynn live totally different lives but there sure is an attraction there.and with Wilf playing cupid, things should be straight forward shouldn t they There are lots great characters in this book too, from Jess s mother, and Stella from New Beginnings, we learn that where people live does not define what type of person they are Jess really does go on an emotional journey, there s happiness, love, friendship, hardship and loss in this book I could go on and on but really want to be super careful not to give away spoilers I would like to add that the name of the missionary shelter really is perfect as this book does see a lot of it s character having a New Beginning So did I enjoy the book I really enjoyed the book a lot, I loved the writing style, the pace of the book was perfect I didn t want to put the book down I wanted at the end too.Would I recommend the book Yes, it s a great, feel good read I highly recommend this book The great feel good feeling reminded me of my reaction to Dash Lily s Book Of Dares by Rachel Cohn David Leviathon Would I want to read about these characters I did get to the end of the book and was sort of Oh no that s the end Would I want to read other titles by Janet Gurtler I certainly intend to read of her books Her style of writing reminded me a little of the book One Moment by Kristina McBride that I read earlier The book also reminded me a bit of Katie McGarry s Pushing The Limits series and the relationship between her characters Noah Echo. Oh HELL no It s a good thing my heart wasn t ever in this book, because that ending would have had me RAGING In short, the beginning of the book wasn t my cup of tea The main character, Jess, was grating and she kept putting herself in the worst situations The introduction of her love interest was one of these, and it was awkward at best, if slightly insta lovey and off putting But I kept on, admittedly skimming through portions, because Jess had a pretty interesting character arc, the supporting cast was cute, and the romance did get better It wasn t grabbing me by the heart strings, but it was okay.Then the inevitable separation occurs around 90%, which fine, it s standard these days but view spoiler shortly after the break up, Jess catches Flynn laughing and kissing another girl when HE S the one who broke it off with her Because he wasn t there to protect his brother, he thinks he doesn t have time to be the guy Jess needs This does not at all excuse the fact that he went after a meaningless fling so quickly He doesn t do with the girl, and he realizes how stupid he was being and apologizes, but what if he hadn t been caught How far would it have gone hide spoiler An Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review.I knew I had to jump at the chance to support my fellow Canadians and what better way than to read their books Janet is a contemporary author that I have been meaning to pick up now and by joining Jean Book Nerd s blog tour, I knew I had a winner My expectations were right because I really enjoyed this book and I m not a huge contemporary fan either.What can I say It has all the components of a cute story with a dose of the serious, which is ultimately what I enjoy most Right off the bat there s something Jess is keeping from you and being the determined curious reader you are, you re going to want to know what it is I wanted to know right away, and I m really glad it gets revealed in the middle, and not the end, like other books Janet has this way of writing that makes you forget about reality, and you get sucked up into Jess s story She s a little spoiled, a little bratty and is incredibly lonely, the ultimate rich girl problem But there s to her than meets the eye Especially when we see her ex best friend arrive on the scene I loved reading about Jess and her life only because it just seemed so realistic The portrayals of the rich and the poor The way both sides can be so judgmental even without meaning to, it s just something people would automatically do because they re not used to it I love that Jess is a character that is extremely flawed and she doesn t try to be perfect at all As for the characters I pretty much fell in love with Kyle, any five year old who is that adorable must be loved Then there s Wilf I loved their witty dialogues together And of course Flynn who seems to be such a jerk at first, but we all know it s his defensive mode The way Janet portrays the family life is also pretty realistic A father who works too much and walks away from problems, a sister who is never home and a mother who is trying to handle her own demons The Truth About Us is than just a cute contemporary story It s a realistic portrayal and I highly recommend this one to anyone looking for substance in their contemporary collection I m definitely going to pick up the rest of Janet s books and I will be even excited to read them.RATING 4 5QUOTES It feels like the hole inside my heart is growing bigger instead of healing Sometimes I do stupid things We don t always choose the ones we fall for Sometimes the chemistry chooses us Why are you talking to her when you could be talking to me You re going to be amazing when you figure out what you want And who you can trust Is that who I turned into A party girl who relies on alcohol to give her a personality There s no such thing as perfect It s all an illusion You know when people tell me I can t have something, I want it No one understood what we saw in each other But it didn t matter to us We worked And people either liked it or they didn t Things that look perfect on the surface are masking flaws Big fat flaws. It s hard to find the right word to describe this book Touching Beautiful Moving Surprising None of those adequately cover how great this book is I had a huge grin on my face for most of this book Any yet it grabs you with its honesty At the start, Jess, who appears to be a careless party girl, got on my nerves Where was this book going By forty pages I was beginning to really like her spunk She obviously has a story of which we are slowly given small pieces something happened to her mother and her family is falling apart, hence why Jess pushes the boundaries But by page 60 I loved her Her softer side, her loneliness and desire to fix things or just figure them out After a party session gone too far, Jess dad decides her punishment will be volunteering at a soup kitchen, New Beginnings But far from being a punishment, New Beginnings offers Jess a chance to reflect on her life and finally face the truth The romance is amazingly sweet and perfect in this book The secondary characters are realistic and feel like an extended family It s funny, snarky and clever And Flynn Swoon But the man for me Kyle hands down No Don t worry No love triangle here You ll understand when you read it And you should Read it, that is The only problem I had with The Truth About Us was that I wanted More of Jess time at New Beginnings More snark with Wilf More time with Flynn Just of this highly enjoyable and loveable book I loved it Ages 14 and up Social issues Friendship and relationships The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Find this review and like it on my blog Madison s Library A beautifully written heartfelt story that will stay with you long after it is over.If I had any idea Gurther could write like this, it wouldn t have taken me so very long to pick up one of her books.It took me exactly one chapter to fall in love with Kyle and Flynn and another to fall in love with Wilf I don t even know what to say other than this is one of the best books I have read this year It was emotional and touching and moved me in ways than I thought it would.I loved Jess She is strong and brave and she didn t waver once from the things that she wanted and needed and I admired her for it I loved her for it.Kyle melted my heart and Wilf was someone I wished I knew Someone I wished I had had in my life as well I loved the grouchy old man as if he were my own.Flynn was, well, he was pretty great How could you not love someone like him Penny, Allie, her mom, her dad Really this was full of some pretty amazing characters that will be hard to forget with a story that will be even harder to I am so excited to look into all of her books and gobble them up because I know this will just be the beginning for me with this author. I loved all the characters in this book so much Full review to come closer to release date Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review Jess is from the rich side of town From the outside, her life may look perfect so she does her best to uphold that image On the inside, she knows that it s definitely not She lost her best friend a few years ago and now she spends all her time with Nance, a girl who drinks a lot and doesn t mind Skyping and flashing boys all the time Nance even gets Jess to join in with her, even though Jess knows she shouldn t After buying a 9,999 dress online, Jess is forced by her father to work at the volunteer shelter for the entire summer.At the shelter, Jess runs into Flynn, who just happened to have given her a ride with his buddy after her drunk walk of shame home after flashing guys with Nance By Jess s father s standards, Flynn is definitely someone she should stay away from because he s not rich and lives in the run down side of town Before they know it, the two of them are falling in love with each other.As soon as I started reading The Truth About Us, I had a feeling that it would be a new favorite, and I was right I felt so bad for Jess and wanted to know what was wrong with her family, and I liked how Gurtler didn t tell us about what happened until a bit of a ways in I wasn t too impressed with some of the choices that Jess had made, though she definitely grew and became a better person throughout the book and I loved witnessing that I really liked how she went against her dad s orders and I hate how stuck up he was when he kept judging Flynn What a person has doesn t contribute in any way to what kind of person they are.Flynn has a 5 year old brother Kyle who constantly pulled on my heartstrings he was the most adorable little child who was obsessed with Thomas the Train and loved helping out at the shelter by cutting cakes The relationship between Flynn and Jess was one of the most real relationships that I ve ever read about They had actual struggles like a real couple does and I didn t think that it seemed like insta love at all I also really loved Wilf, the old guy who ran the greenhouse at the shelter He became such a good friend to Jess, which I liked because it s not often that young teenagers will have a friendship with a much older person It was touching because they both had a connection through plants, as they both loved growing them Wilf always talked about his deceased wife, Rhea, and how he always fought for her, which was something that I think really helped Jess fight for Flynn This book is one that I ll definitely be recommending to others and I will be reading Janet Gurtler s other books Find the original review here at This is the Story of My Reading LifeThis my second Gurtler read and the second time I ve been pleasantly surprised by how much dimension she adds into what I expected to be on the fluffy side of YA contemporary It was definitely cute but also did a really great job showing how obtuse and meddling adults can be Apparently Jess and Flynn have no right falling for each other Because apparently coming from different classes is still a thing Gurtler did a good job of making me posses off a few times throughout the book It s mind boggling that people still believe what half the adults in this book believe that just because you don t come from the same walk of life than you can t mix The Truth About Us also proved how much the adults in a kids life do influence their thinking and behaviour Even when Jess and Flynn know they can make it work there s still the niggling feelings of what will my friends think Or my parents But I really loved how they would tease each other with stereotypical truths You think it s teasing but you can tell they re really trying to figure out how the other one does live.This could have a totally cheesy other side of the tracks romance, but of course it s not These are very real characters struggling to push through standards Jess showed a bunch of growth She went from this girl doing stupid stupid crap as a cry for attention to a understanding and forward thinking girl A girl who fought to get her life back to the way she wanted it I enjoyed not only Flynn helping her see through the fog but also Wilf and the other fantastic supporting characters Another hit out of the park for Gurtler. Jess is the rich girl who is acting out Flynn is from the wrong side of the tracks And I m the reader who doesn t care at all I kinda understand Jess I mean I get it, you have money, you feel like nobody loves you, dysfunctional family you really tend to act out An her self realizations and her desire to grow was admiring I like that about her She knows she s messed up and she decided to needs to change.Now Flynn on the other hand Oh the hurty feelings Flynn is so complicated, sometimes I wonder if he has the problem of earth in his shoulders So tired of guys who doesn t know what he wants He pulls her then pushes back.WHAT DUDE WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT Look, I KNOW He has issues.Please don t assume that life is is easy on me and I m making fun of Flynn, we all have issues And I get Flynn But the way Flynn is coping is so not helping him Jess of course doesn t get all this because she s into her romance dilemna I MEAN HELLO, PRIORITIES And there s also this thing that Flynn did towards the that is so unbelievable I can t believe Jess forgave him so fast It must be true love Janet Gurtler does have a very beautiful way of writing But as pleasant as that was, my annoyance just keeps popping and my supposed to be swoony feeling didn t show I still recommend this book I just think it s not for everybody I had some issues but there s a chance you might enjoy it. A Powerful And Gripping Contemporary YA From The Author Of I M Not Her That S Just Right For Fans Of Sarah Dessen And Jodi Picoult BooklistThe Truth Is That Jess Knows She Screwed UpShe S Made Mistakes, Betrayed Her Best Friend, And Now She S Paying For It Her Dad Is Making Her Spend The Whole Summer Volunteering At The Local Soup KitchenThe Truth Is She Wishes She Was The Care Free Party Girl Everyone Thinks She IsShe Pretends It S All Fine That Her Perfect Family Is Fine But It S Not And No One Notices The Lieuntil She Meets Flynn He S The Only One Who Really Sees Her The Only One Who ListensThe Truth Is That Jess Is Falling Apart And No One Seems To Care But Flynn Is The Definition Of The Wrong Side Of The Tracks When Jess S Parents Look At Him They Only See The Differences Not How Much They Need Each Other They Don T Get That The Person Who Shouldn T Fit In Your World Might Just Be The One To Make You Feel Like You Belong I m excited about this book since I did write it after all It comes out in April 2015 I got a peek at the cover and it s so cute Can t wait to share And for some reason I can t comment on the comments you ve left below, but THANKS I m glad you liked it Oh wow A fantastic, truly emotional read Why did it take so long for me to get around to reading a book by this brilliant author Her writing style and this book reminded me of Emerald Barnes Read Me Dead, and some of the Jolene Perry books I have read.INITIAL THOUGHTSI ve read lots of reviews for books by Janet Gurtler, but had never actually read one of her titles myself So when I saw this one on Netgalley, requested it, was accepted and decided to read this one and review it for coincide with it s release.MY REVIEWAs I said above I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.The cover has a couple hugging near a brick wall I think the couple represent Jess and Flynn I think that the wall symbolize s the wall , or divide that is between the couple Jess living in the opulent side of town, and Flynn existing in a poor and rough side of town So would the cover make me pick up the book in a book store If I was looking for a contemporary read yes.The central characters in this book are Jess, the youngest in her rather well off family Until recently she had a perfect life, that was until her mum was attacked whilst out jogging in the park Since being attacked her mum has suffered awful depression and has quite literally withdrawn from life Since Jess s mother is always in her room, Jess father is away working hard trying to keep the family in the style of life they are accustomed to as his wife is no longer working, so he isn t around much Jess older sister Allie is always staying over at her friends houses, well that s what she is telling her father, she is secretly almost living at her boyfriends house So Jess is somewhat at a loose end, alone for the majority of the time Jess has sort of been going off the rails, she s become closer friends with her mothers friends daughter Nance Nance has an older brother who takes money from them and buys them alcohol It s coming to a point where Jess can t function in company without a drink Jess and Nance certainly loose their inhibitions one day at Nance s house when they decide to sunbathe topless Nance s usually absent mother Carol, returns home early and catches the girls, she telephones Jess father and drives her home Her father takes drastic action and as a punishment set Jess up with a part time summer job in a missionary shelter called New Beginnings for poor over in the rough end of town What is meant to be a punishment ends up as a life changing experience in ways than one for Jess.At the shelter Jess rapidly learns that not everyone has as easier life as she did before her mothers attack Jess works hard to prove herself to the other workers at the shelter, and also becomes friends with some of the people that go to the shelter regularly The three characters I immediately loved in this book were Wilf an elderly ageing man who enjoys a verbal sparring match with Jess on a regular basis, though he also shows his sensitive side allowing Jess to help him out in the greenhouse tending his treasured azalea s that his late wife Rhea loved so much The other two characters are Flynn and his younger brother Kyle Flynn is embarrassed about needing to go to the shelter to have a decent meal, he actually insists on working at the shelter to give back and show his gratitude for the meal So Jess and Flynn live totally different lives but there sure is an attraction there.and with Wilf playing cupid, things should be straight forward shouldn t they There are lots great characters in this book too, from Jess s mother, and Stella from New Beginnings, we learn that where people live does not define what type of person they are Jess really does go on an emotional journey, there s happiness, love, friendship, hardship and loss in this book I could go on and on but really want to be super careful not to give away spoilers I would like to add that the name of the missionary shelter really is perfect as this book does see a lot of it s character having a New Beginning So did I enjoy the book I really enjoyed the book a lot, I loved the writing style, the pace of the book was perfect I didn t want to put the book down I wanted at the end too.Would I recommend the book Yes, it s a great, feel good read I highly recommend this book The great feel good feeling reminded me of my reaction to Dash Lily s Book Of Dares by Rachel Cohn David Leviathon Would I want to read about these characters I did get to the end of the book and was sort of Oh no that s the end Would I want to read other titles by Janet Gurtler I certainly intend to read of her books Her style of writing reminded me a little of the book One Moment by Kristina McBride that I read earlier The book also reminded me a bit of Katie McGarry s Pushing The Limits series and the relationship between her characters Noah Echo. Oh HELL no It s a good thing my heart wasn t ever in this book, because that ending would have had me RAGING In short, the beginning of the book wasn t my cup of tea The main character, Jess, was grating and she kept putting herself in the worst situations The introduction of her love interest was one of these, and it was awkward at best, if slightly insta lovey and off putting But I kept on, admittedly skimming through portions, because Jess had a pretty interesting character arc, the supporting cast was cute, and the romance did get better It wasn t grabbing me by the heart strings, but it was okay.Then the inevitable separation occurs around 90%, which fine, it s standard these days but view spoiler shortly after the break up, Jess catches Flynn laughing and kissing another girl when HE S the one who broke it off with her Because he wasn t there to protect his brother, he thinks he doesn t have time to be the guy Jess needs This does not at all excuse the fact that he went after a meaningless fling so quickly He doesn t do with the girl, and he realizes how stupid he was being and apologizes, but what if he hadn t been caught How far would it have gone hide spoiler An Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review.I knew I had to jump at the chance to support my fellow Canadians and what better way than to read their books Janet is a contemporary author that I have been meaning to pick up now and by joining Jean Book Nerd s blog tour, I knew I had a winner My expectations were right because I really enjoyed this book and I m not a huge contemporary fan either.What can I say It has all the components of a cute story with a dose of the serious, which is ultimately what I enjoy most Right off the bat there s something Jess is keeping from you and being the determined curious reader you are, you re going to want to know what it is I wanted to know right away, and I m really glad it gets revealed in the middle, and not the end, like other books Janet has this way of writing that makes you forget about reality, and you get sucked up into Jess s story She s a little spoiled, a little bratty and is incredibly lonely, the ultimate rich girl problem But there s to her than meets the eye Especially when we see her ex best friend arrive on the scene I loved reading about Jess and her life only because it just seemed so realistic The portrayals of the rich and the poor The way both sides can be so judgmental even without meaning to, it s just something people would automatically do because they re not used to it I love that Jess is a character that is extremely flawed and she doesn t try to be perfect at all As for the characters I pretty much fell in love with Kyle, any five year old who is that adorable must be loved Then there s Wilf I loved their witty dialogues together And of course Flynn who seems to be such a jerk at first, but we all know it s his defensive mode The way Janet portrays the family life is also pretty realistic A father who works too much and walks away from problems, a sister who is never home and a mother who is trying to handle her own demons The Truth About Us is than just a cute contemporary story It s a realistic portrayal and I highly recommend this one to anyone looking for substance in their contemporary collection I m definitely going to pick up the rest of Janet s books and I will be even excited to read them.RATING 4 5QUOTES It feels like the hole inside my heart is growing bigger instead of healing Sometimes I do stupid things We don t always choose the ones we fall for Sometimes the chemistry chooses us Why are you talking to her when you could be talking to me You re going to be amazing when you figure out what you want And who you can trust Is that who I turned into A party girl who relies on alcohol to give her a personality There s no such thing as perfect It s all an illusion You know when people tell me I can t have something, I want it No one understood what we saw in each other But it didn t matter to us We worked And people either liked it or they didn t Things that look perfect on the surface are masking flaws Big fat flaws. It s hard to find the right word to describe this book Touching Beautiful Moving Surprising None of those adequately cover how great this book is I had a huge grin on my face for most of this book Any yet it grabs you with its honesty At the start, Jess, who appears to be a careless party girl, got on my nerves Where was this book going By forty pages I was beginning to really like her spunk She obviously has a story of which we are slowly given small pieces something happened to her mother and her family is falling apart, hence why Jess pushes the boundaries But by page 60 I loved her Her softer side, her loneliness and desire to fix things or just figure them out After a party session gone too far, Jess dad decides her punishment will be volunteering at a soup kitchen, New Beginnings But far from being a punishment, New Beginnings offers Jess a chance to reflect on her life and finally face the truth The romance is amazingly sweet and perfect in this book The secondary characters are realistic and feel like an extended family It s funny, snarky and clever And Flynn Swoon But the man for me Kyle hands down No Don t worry No love triangle here You ll understand when you read it And you should Read it, that is The only problem I had with The Truth About Us was that I wanted More of Jess time at New Beginnings More snark with Wilf More time with Flynn Just of this highly enjoyable and loveable book I loved it Ages 14 and up Social issues Friendship and relationships The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Find this review and like it on my blog Madison s Library A beautifully written heartfelt story that will stay with you long after it is over.If I had any idea Gurther could write like this, it wouldn t have taken me so very long to pick up one of her books.It took me exactly one chapter to fall in love with Kyle and Flynn and another to fall in love with Wilf I don t even know what to say other than this is one of the best books I have read this year It was emotional and touching and moved me in ways than I thought it would.I loved Jess She is strong and brave and she didn t waver once from the things that she wanted and needed and I admired her for it I loved her for it.Kyle melted my heart and Wilf was someone I wished I knew Someone I wished I had had in my life as well I loved the grouchy old man as if he were my own.Flynn was, well, he was pretty great How could you not love someone like him Penny, Allie, her mom, her dad Really this was full of some pretty amazing characters that will be hard to forget with a story that will be even harder to I am so excited to look into all of her books and gobble them up because I know this will just be the beginning for me with this author. I loved all the characters in this book so much Full review to come closer to release date Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review Jess is from the rich side of town From the outside, her life may look perfect so she does her best to uphold that image On the inside, she knows that it s definitely not She lost her best friend a few years ago and now she spends all her time with Nance, a girl who drinks a lot and doesn t mind Skyping and flashing boys all the time Nance even gets Jess to join in with her, even though Jess knows she shouldn t After buying a 9,999 dress online, Jess is forced by her father to work at the volunteer shelter for the entire summer.At the shelter, Jess runs into Flynn, who just happened to have given her a ride with his buddy after her drunk walk of shame home after flashing guys with Nance By Jess s father s standards, Flynn is definitely someone she should stay away from because he s not rich and lives in the run down side of town Before they know it, the two of them are falling in love with each other.As soon as I started reading The Truth About Us, I had a feeling that it would be a new favorite, and I was right I felt so bad for Jess and wanted to know what was wrong with her family, and I liked how Gurtler didn t tell us about what happened until a bit of a ways in I wasn t too impressed with some of the choices that Jess had made, though she definitely grew and became a better person throughout the book and I loved witnessing that I really liked how she went against her dad s orders and I hate how stuck up he was when he kept judging Flynn What a person has doesn t contribute in any way to what kind of person they are.Flynn has a 5 year old brother Kyle who constantly pulled on my heartstrings he was the most adorable little child who was obsessed with Thomas the Train and loved helping out at the shelter by cutting cakes The relationship between Flynn and Jess was one of the most real relationships that I ve ever read about They had actual struggles like a real couple does and I didn t think that it seemed like insta love at all I also really loved Wilf, the old guy who ran the greenhouse at the shelter He became such a good friend to Jess, which I liked because it s not often that young teenagers will have a friendship with a much older person It was touching because they both had a connection through plants, as they both loved growing them Wilf always talked about his deceased wife, Rhea, and how he always fought for her, which was something that I think really helped Jess fight for Flynn This book is one that I ll definitely be recommending to others and I will be reading Janet Gurtler s other books Find the original review here at This is the Story of My Reading LifeThis my second Gurtler read and the second time I ve been pleasantly surprised by how much dimension she adds into what I expected to be on the fluffy side of YA contemporary It was definitely cute but also did a really great job showing how obtuse and meddling adults can be Apparently Jess and Flynn have no right falling for each other Because apparently coming from different classes is still a thing Gurtler did a good job of making me posses off a few times throughout the book It s mind boggling that people still believe what half the adults in this book believe that just because you don t come from the same walk of life than you can t mix The Truth About Us also proved how much the adults in a kids life do influence their thinking and behaviour Even when Jess and Flynn know they can make it work there s still the niggling feelings of what will my friends think Or my parents But I really loved how they would tease each other with stereotypical truths You think it s teasing but you can tell they re really trying to figure out how the other one does live.This could have a totally cheesy other side of the tracks romance, but of course it s not These are very real characters struggling to push through standards Jess showed a bunch of growth She went from this girl doing stupid stupid crap as a cry for attention to a understanding and forward thinking girl A girl who fought to get her life back to the way she wanted it I enjoyed not only Flynn helping her see through the fog but also Wilf and the other fantastic supporting characters Another hit out of the park for Gurtler.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 320 pages
  • The Truth About Us
  • Janet Gurtler
  • English
  • 10 June 2017

About the Author: Janet Gurtler

A Rita Award Finalist, Janet Gurtler s young adult books have been chosen for the JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION and as BEST BOOKS FOR TEENS from the Canadian Children s Book Center Janet lives in Okotoks Alberta, Canada with her husband, son, a chubby black Chihuahua named Bruce and a blonde golden retriever named Betty White.