Review: The Truth About Us by Janet Gurtler

SYNOPSIS:The Truth About Us

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 truth is she wishes she was the care-free party-girl everyone thinks she is.
She pretends it’s all fine. That her “perfect” family is fine. But it’s not. And no one notices the lie…until she meets Flynn. He’s the only one who really sees her. The only one who listens.

The truth is that Jess is falling apart – and no one seems to care.
But Flynn is the definition of “the wrong side of the tracks.” When Jess’s parents look at him they only see the differences-not how much they need each other. They don’t get that the person who shouldn’t fit in your world… might just be the one to make you feel like you belong.


This book was wonderful, amazing, and everything I ever wanted in a Young Adult book. I devoured this book, couldn’t go to sleep till I finished it and knew the ending. At 50% in everything is awkward and adorable, you realize that Jess’s mistakes and punishment are almost her saving grace. At 63% I am so angry I want throw the book across the room. I can’t even remember the last time I was that angry at a fictional character.

At 93% I was gutted, an absolute sobbing mess. I was crying for Wilf, I was crying Jess, and I was crying for Flynn. Who knew I would become so emotionally attached to a 75 year old grumpy man. I fell in love with these characters, they are really well developed complete with a thick history and a hopeful future. There was really nothing I didn’t love about this book, it was captivating and enthralling, can’t wait to read more from this author.


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