Thursday, 27 March 2014

Blog Tour: 16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler

Title: 16 Things I Thought Were True
Author: Janet Gurtler
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: 4th March 2014

Tell Me About It
Heart attacks happen to other people #thingsIthoughtweretrue

When Morgan's mom gets sick, it's hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn't as far away as she thought...

Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk #thingsIthoughtweretrue

Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan's getting to know the real Adam, and he's actually pretty a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?

5000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need #thingsIthoughtweretrue

With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of Cheetos to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She's not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend...and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she can't imagine living without.
My Thoughts
This is the first book I have read by Janet, although I do have one or two waiting to be read. The synopsis is initially what drew me to 16 Things I Thought Were True, and when I began reading I liked how every so often the chapter title would be something that Morgan thought was true.

Morgan lives with her Mum, and twin brothers Jake and Josh. She has no idea who her Father is as he skipped out of town when he found out her Mum was pregnant, and didn't keep in touch. Morgan is also a loner, but chooses to be alone rather than face the laughter and gossip that follows her wherever she goes after her ex-friend posts a video of Morgan dancing online.
Morgan Works at amusement park and is at her  job when she discovers the news that her Mum has been rushed to hospital, her boss Adam, who's attitude she doesn't particularly like takes her to hospital and goes back to work.

While we don't really get much detail about Adam, we see him from others points of view and he seems to be your typical narky boss, but as we get to know him we soon find out that there is more to Adam than what our first impression was, and I quickly grew to like him and how he helps Morgan in a difficult situation late in the book..
I had instant love for Amy, a fellow park employee who has the hots for Adam, but changes her mind quickly. I loved her lack of filter and her habit of saying whatever is on her mind, I thought it was hilarious when she busted in on Adam's and Morgan's private conversation, saying that it wasn't really private as it was in a public staff room, and volunteers to drive to Canada and basically pay for everything to help Morgan out. As the story progresses we soon discover why Amy is eager to help, and when she tell's all my heart broke for her, and for the friendship she has formed with Morgan and Adam.

One thing that certainly kept me amused was the road trip itself to Canada, I love the car rules, the amount of snacks they had to eat, and how Amy's bubbly personality struggled to contain itself through most of the journey and it couldn't help but escape, which caused me to laugh out loud at some of the stuff she says. I enjoyed getting this trio to learn more about each other and see the secrets they hide from others

16 Things I Thought Were True was an enjoyable read that I quickly read, the minute I picked it up I had to keep reading to find out what happens next with Morgan, her Mum, and Amy. When the truth is finally revealed to Morgan my heart broke and I wanted to give her a huge squishy hug, I couldn't understand why this could happen, why would you want it to happen, and when we hear the reason for this happening, you could understand why it happened, but it still didn't negate the whole situation happening.

Near the end of 16 Things I Thought Were True there were mixed emotions. When Morgan and Adam are told about something I sobbed my heart out, I literally could not see the words for the amount of tears that fell from my eyes. But I also cheered Morgan on for confronting her fears and finally standing up for herself, I loved how calm on the outside she was and how she managed to make some things work for her.
After finishing 16 Things I Thought Were True I really need to pick up more books by Janet and give them a read, starting with the book that it waiting for me on my virtual shelf.

About Janet
Janet lives near the Canadian Rockies with her husband and son and a little dog named Bruce. She does not live in an Igloo or play hockey, but she does love maple syrup and says “eh” a lot.


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