The Thing About the Truth by Lauren Bernholdt

Story: Kelsey is forced to go to public school after getting kicked out of her private school. She is determined to make the best of it and not let things like her old friends shutting her out affect her. Isaac is also entering the same public school after getting kicked out of his private school. He has been warned that the next step in military school, so he is determined not to get into any more trouble. They both don’t like each other when they first meet but of course things change. They do become a couple but a lie and secrete threatens to destroy their relationship.

Our rating: 3 out of 5 truthful stars

Review: The book starting with the aftermath is brilliant. We were hooked and kept reading to find out why Isaac could be so mad. What could Kelsey have done? We loved that the story went from the present to the past and back to the present. It provided more of buildup for what could the lie and secrete be about. We also loved that the book was told by both Kelsey and Isaac. It’s good to see both sides of a story. Isaac’s voice is great and actually sounds like a guy. The relationship between Kelsey and Isaac is also great; it has just enough tension to make you want them to be together. It’s all good until you find out what is the lie and secrete Kelsey has. We all called each other to basically say “that’s it.” It was such a big build up to not really be a big deal. Another disappoint came at the end of the story. There were too many unanswered questions, for example what happens to Chloe (we are hoping there will be a book about her). Some of the character, like the parents, were not developed well. This books had so much potential to be excellent. Bottom line, this is a good book with a great pace that makes you want to keep reading, but at the same time it falls short at the end.

So slip on your cozy fall sweater and read The Thing About the Truth

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