Friday, June 6, 2014

"What I Thought Was True" Review

"What I Thought Was True" 

When I picked up this book there was no way I could have predicted the impact it would have on me. It took me about three days to read this book, beginning to end, and that was only because I did not want it to have to say goodbye to the characters Huntley Fitzpatrick created. I would pick it up and read a page then solemnly place it back down, forcing myself not to devour it all in one sitting. 

"What I Thought Was True" is told through the eyes of Gwen Castle. Summer is just starting and Gwen is anything but thrilled. With the changing season comes tourists and 'summer people'. Gwen, her family and friends live on SeaShell Island year round but when the temperatures rise they are all but background noise to the 'upper class' vacationing there. 

Gwen can handle this, jokingly calling herself and the other 'help' the Maria's and Jose's of the island, she can handle her best friend Viv and her cousin Nico secretly looking at engagement rings and failing to clue her in, she can even handle her new employers son, Henry Ellington, not so subtly telling her that everything in his Mothers house is itemized and even the tiniest thing would be missed.

What she can't handle is having her past violently colliding into her present. 

Cue Cassidy Somers. 
Cassidy is the Islands new yard boy for the summer. 
Try as she might Gwen can't seem to avoid Cas nor can she avoid their past together or her reputation on the island because of it. 

 Whether Gwen is helping Viv cater for 'Almedia's', worrying about her little brother Emory or reading a steamy romance novel to Mrs. Ellington, Cas always seems to be there. And try as she might to push him from her thoughts Gwen can't seem to ignore his ever persistent presence. 

While tutoring Cas or watching him teach Emory to swim she can't stop herself from letting her mind drift down memory lane. 

Told over the course of a summer "What I Thought Was True" teaches us all that second chances and true loves are few and far between. 

Huntley Fitzpatrick has gained a faithful reader in me and I'm positive I am not the only one who feels this way.

Fans of Sarah Dessen will love this intoxicating summer read.

Until next time, 



  1. This sounds really good, as I'm a fan of Sarah Dessen I should like it!

    1. Hopefully this book will tide me over until Sarah comes out with a new book although I doubt it :(

  2. I like some aspects of this book, like Gwen and how she's very atypically like all other YA protagonist and I love that part. But overall, it didn't do anything for me. I think it was the subplot and I didn't really like any of the characters especially well.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

    1. I've heard that from some people, it seems you either really love it or you're kind of on the fence about it. Have you read her first book? I still need to find time to read it. I've heard it was the better of the two.

  3. I've heard amazing things about My Life Next Door but I haven't read that, Huntley Fitzpatrick is a super-loved author that I have not gotten to know yet! Will be reading this, sounds like a perfect summer read =)

    Alicia @ Summer Next Top Story

    1. I agree, she was a great fan base, I don't know why it took me so long to discover her :)

  4. I really loved My Life Next Door, so I want to love this one too! I'm glad that you enjoyed it so much!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. I can't wait to read My Life Next Door, I heard really good things about it!