What I Thought Was True.
Publisher : Dial
Publication Date:April 15,2014
Genre:YA Contemporary Romance
Gwen Castle's Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice.
Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.
I loved Fitzpatrick’s debut novel My Life Next Door and when I found out about new book I got pretty excited. Though I enjoyed My Life Next Door then What I Thought Was True but it was a book that I couldn’t pull away from. If it wasn’t for work, I would have. It was one of most realistic Contemporary YA novels that I read this year. It’s a book that you found yourself thinking about while you were reading and afterwards. There wasn’t a moment I didn’t find myself wondering what was going happen with Gwen, Cass, Nic next. There were unexpected twists that even I didn’t see coming. What appealed to me most, that I could actually see all those things happen in real life. It was real, and not many YA novels are like that anymore.
Gwen & Cass : From start when Cass was mentioned, I wondered what happened between two of them, that got Gwen not want be around him. I knew that there had be something. I loved the flashbacks between the two of them. Once I found out truth, I felt angry with Cass at first but then I got feelings that it wasn’t whole story. Cass didn’t seem the type, to do something that hurtful to someone. I seen way that he acted around Gwen, I knew that he cared about her more than she realized. I knew that she did too, but just when things between two of them started get good again, something seemed to get in way. I wondered if they would be able to move past that, to start over again. If Gwen would forgive them. Once she seemed to, I loved the scenes between two of them, you could tell how much they loved each other. I loved fact that it didn’t happen till almost to the end, it made the story more realistic.
I loved the relationship that Gwen had with her cousin, Nic. It’s not often that family is close, at least I don’t see it that often.I was glad to see that she had somebody to talk to, someone who would always be, no matter what. At first I wasn’t even aware that they were family. Nic and Gwen had a special bond, a bond that doesn’t happen that often among families. They looked out to one another. They weren’t just family, they are best friends. It reminds me of me and my parents, we are close. I loved Nic. I felt bad for him towards the end though, but at same time glad that he had Gwen, to be there for him.
What I Thought Was True had so much realistic themes. Exploring deep relationships between families, friends, past relationships, focuses on how secrets and lies can destroy any relationship. This novel focused a lot on anger, mistake and forgivness. How can you not love a book like that? I know that I did. A Must Read. For Everyone.