Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on March 4, 2014
Genres: contemporary, Friendship, Social Issues, Young Adult
Source: ecopy from Publisher
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 sweet...in 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.
I have been really excited for 16 Things I thought Were True for a really long time now. It was in my waiting on Wednesday two months ago and I have been counting down the days until I got my hands this book. And even with my crazy high expectations, 16 Things I Thought were True still managed to pretty much blow my mind. I was so impressed and MOVED by this book. At first I thought it was going to be a funny and cute road trip story. And it was both of those things, but it also ended up being so much more.
Morgan is an interesting character. I say interesting because she is really complex. I liked her a lot, but she did have her “teen” moments. There were times where she was selfish and kind of petulant, but you just can’t help but feel for what she is going through. Not only is there the whole issue going on with a viral video of her on the internet, but she is also dealing with her mom’s sudden heart problem. Add in her discovery of who her father is and she is pretty much on teen drama overload. But then you insert a fun roadtrip with a super sweet guy and a bubbly and infectious girl from work and this book was turning out to be so much fun. I loved how the chapter titles were each one of the things that Morgan thought were true.
I loved Adam and Amy. Adam just seems so genuine and nice. It was crazy that he was seen as a mean guy, “jerk” at work, because I saw him as anything but that. And Amy- holy cow! Amy is like a whirlwind, constantly in your face, constantly talking. She made me smile. She bugged Morgan at the start, but I couldn’t get enough of her. She never failed to make me happy. I think she would be so much fun to have along for a road trip. I loved how the three of them bonded throughout the story. Neither Morgan nor Amy have many friends, Morgan because of her internet video, and Amy because she has been home-schooled and is a little intense for people, but they found a real bond in each other. It was pretty beautiful. Plus the romance with Adam was so cute. It was slow and believable and will make you smile.
16 Things I thought were True also has a whole other side to it. It is cute and laugh out loud funny, but it is also emotional and poignant, and soul searching. This book had me full out bawling, which took me by complete surprise. It just touched me. Morgan, Amy and Adam touched me. I became a part of them, and their story just became so real to me. Janet Gurtler has made an instant fan of me. 16 Things I Thought were true is incredible. This is a book that needs to be on everyone’s must read list.
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