The Truth About Us

by Janet Gurtler
Published by Sourcebooks Fire


The Truth About Us was a really good book. Kinda a reverse Cinderella but with a more in depth story. Flynn who I have to say I really enjoyed his character is a kid that is also the man of the house now. He’s had a rough life and he has some walls built up but you can tell he has a heart of gold.  He takes care of his little brother Kyle. They are not made of money and live paycheck to paycheck so he isn’t your typical teenage boy. However he has fallen and hard for Jess. Jess is a spoiled girl who really I didn’t like much in the beginning but by the end of the book I liked the way Jess was acting. She had matured working at the soup kitchen and learning that life was not always about her. Wilf is the sweet loving grandfather figure that really the fatherly type figure to these 3 kids and he is just what they need, and they are just what he needed.

This is a good contemporary fiction that handles many issues that come up in the book is a realistic manner. There was only one thing I didn’t like the ending wrapped up to fast I wanted it to last a little longer, I wasn’t ready for it to end.That being said I still loved the book and the ending. I just wish it could have gone on for a few more chapters. You will laugh out loud, you will get mad at Jess and Flynn and some of the other characters, and they will make you smile! Grab a copy of The Truth About Us for your YA reader (or for you) for some fun .

summary: The truth is that Jess knows she screwed up. She’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 kitchen.


The Summer After You and Me

by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
The Summer After You and Me was a wonderful fast read. I enjoyed every minute of it. The cast of characters from Lucy, Liam, Conner, and more are likable and relate-able. The story is well developed with the normal teen drama we all have in our teen years. The back story of Superstorm Sandy is very well developed and intertwined throughout the book. I loved that Lucy and Liam the twin siblings had moments of being very close only to have a big blowout sibling fight. So many books don’t do sibling fights and rivalry as well as Jennifer Salvato Doktorski has! Lucy’s love of marine life was fun to read about and I loved the tidbits of information at the beginning of each chapter. 
This is the first book I’ve read by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski and I will be seeing if my library has her other 2 books. Since I enjoyed this one so much. Between the characters, location and some great lines that had me thinking Yes she totally writes teen girls perfectly. I loved Lucy’s friends and family, and the dynamics of them and how they bounced off of each other. The Summer After You and Me is about love: both lost and found again, family, rebuilding after a tragedy, friendship: both lost and found again, siblings, and growing up and finding oneself and capturing those moments. 
summary: Will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances?

For Lucy, the Jersey Shore isn’t just the perfect summer escape, it’s home. As a local girls, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in during Memorial Day weekend, crowding her coastal town and stealing moonlight kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Still she can’t help but crush on charming Connor Malloy. His family spends every summer next door, and she longs for their friendship to turn into something deeper. Then Superstorm Sandy sweeps up the coast, bringing Lucy and Connor together for a few intense hours. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm, and Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and her broken home. Time may heal all wounds, but with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, Lucy’s summer is sure to be filled with fireworks.