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Praise for What I Thought Was True

“Fitzpatrick once again evokes the dizzying heights of adolescent passion while remaining down-to-earth.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A beautiful story of first love . . . Gwen’s character has the kind of depth and voice that will enchant teens. Those with regrets of their own will find hope in this coming-of-age romance that will appeal to fans of Deb Caletti and Sara Zarr.” —School Library Journal

“Fitzpatrick beautifully portrays a teenager’s wobbly foray into sex as well as her dawning awareness of the power that actions and incautiously chosen words have to hurt others. . . . Natural dialogue and authentic characters abound. Much deeper than the pretty cover lets on.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[Fitzpatrick] has smart storytelling abilities, and her novels have a yearned-for richness and depth . . . Watching Cass and Gwen fall in love is a true delight.” —Romantic Times

“A sometimes steamy and very believable account of how it feels to discover how important it is to take responsibility for oneself and the decisions that shape one’s life. A must for collections that can’t keep Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, or YA summer romance titles on the shelves.” —Booklist

“These are flawed people who battle their own self-conceptions and strive to discover themselves anew. Gwen learns much about her town, her family, and her future all in one summer . . . There is a tomorrow that these characters must confront, and while their tomorrow is brighter, their lives are not complete—just better." —VOYA

“Utterly luminous . . . deftly balances the shimmering promise of summer, first, love, and yearning in an emotionally charged, beautifully written book.” —Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author

“Hauntingly raw, romantic, and beautiful.”—Katie McGarry, author of Crash Into You

“An exquisitely drawn portrait of what it means to be balanced on the line between what was and what may come. I was entranced.” —Katja Millay, author of The Sea of Tranquility

Praise for My Life Next Door

"Fitzpatrick's excellent first novel movingly captures the intensity of first love [and] the corrupting forces of power..." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Chemistry that crackles: it's the novel's tender, awkward, sexy, dizzy-happy portrayal of first love that really makes it soar." —Horn Book

"The characters are dynamic and realistic. Strong narrative pacing adds to the whole sun-kissed package, which is on par with authors such as Sarah Dessen and Deb Caletti." —School Library Journal

"An almost perfect summer romance...[that] will have every girl who reads the novel wishing for a Jase of her own." —Kirkus Reviews

"Fitzpatrick perfectly captures the heady joys of first love while still dealing with everyday realities." —VOYA "A heart-warming romance every girl will envy." —Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series

"A wonderful read that will connect with your heart—guaranteed!" —Lurlene McDaniel, bestselling author of Heart to Heart

"One of the best books I read this past year. . . . Wonderful, uplifting and beautifully written." —Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author

"A summer romance with depth." —The Boston Sunday Globe

Best First Book Finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA Awards
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Engaging Summer Romance 16. April 2014
Von Cupcakegirly/Jenuine Cupcakes - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book! My Life Next Door is one of my absolute favorite books and while What I Thought Was True does share some of the same characteristics as MLND; well-written, beautiful setting, multi-layered characters, witty banter and complex issues, it is very different.

I'll be honest, I started and stopped this book several times over the past few weeks. For whatever reason, I just couldn't get into it the way I wanted to, had hoped and expected to. It wasn't until I was sitting on my bathroom floor at 1:00a.m. (so as not to wake the husband up), having just finished the entire 408 pages straight through that I realized WHY I struggled to get into it...

I didn't like Gwen. I'm not even sure I can pinpoint exactly what it was that made me not like her. She's strong willed, snarky, hard working and fiercely protective of her family, all qualities I generally like in MCs, but... I don't think we would be friends in real life. (Which is totally okay.)

Cass was a really good guy! Funny, cute, and loyal, almost to a fault, but it was his patience with Gwen that won me over. Gwen assumes the worst of him (repeatedly) despite knowing EXACTLY how that feels, but Cass doesn't give up. Instead, he chooses to see the best in her and tries to get Gwen to do the same.

There are a lot of adults present in this story which was refreshing, even if some of them shocked and infuriated me at times. (I'm looking at you Gwen's parents.) But the most intriguing thing about What I Thought Was True (for me) was the honest look it took at the emotional side of sex.

Having "just sex" versus being in love, using sex as a weapon, and the physical consequences were discussed, but these characters found themselves in situations because of choices they made, and it was SO NICE to see them take responsibility for that. Forgiveness was another key element as well as hope. And that Epilogue was perfect!
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What I Thought Was True - A Summer of Change, Trust, and Romance 15. April 2014
Von Sara - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Gwen's summer begins like any other: pulling any and all shifts at her father's restaurant, playing third wheel to her best friends, a couple with no qualms about PDA, and taking care of her little brother. She never expects it to be the summer where everything changes... the summer where everything she's always believed to be true becomes muddled and the future that once seemed both inevitable and comforting suddenly shifts. Gwen takes on a caregiver position with an lively older woman, finding herself in difficult and often uncomfortable situations that test her beliefs about right and wrong and her place in the world. And, no matter how hard she tries to avoid him, Gwen finds her path constantly crossing with that of Cassidy Somers, a boy she finds herself trusting against her better judgement.

Huntley Fitzpatrick earned much deserved praise with her debut, My Life Next Door, a novel that became one of my favorite contemporary YA novels before I'd even finished reading it. So, unsurprisingly, What I Thought Was True has landed squarely on my list of favorites as well.

I quickly fell in love with the characters and struggles within What I Thought Was True. There are many important themes touched on in this novel, but the lessons about finding who you are and what you believe in, even, and especially, in the face of lies, gossip, and misinterpretation, are what carry this novel and make it a must read for teens and adults alike.

Aaaand the swoonworthy romance doesn't hurt this book's must-read status one bit!
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A Summer Can Change Everything 31. Mai 2014
Von Lili's Reflections - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Before I begin this review I just want to applaud that cover. I know Huntley Fitzpatrick fought hard to have a normal girl on that cover and I absolutely adore her for it. And now, for the review.

I wanted to love this one, and I did. But I didn't like it as much as MY LIFE NEXT DOOR. I had trouble getting into the book in the very beginning. Part of this can probably be attributed to the fact that I turned to this book to get me out of a reading slump. The other part of this is because I just couldn't get into it. I think this is because Fitzpatrick has us wait a long time before she explains to us why Gwen is the way she is. We can figure out the general gist of it, but the details and everything aren't revealed for a while. This frustrated me because I didn't know how I should feel about Gwen. Furthermore, when I finally figured out what happened, I was mad that Gwen blamed so much on Cass when it was very obviously Spence's fault. She hurt herself because she chose to play the blame game with the wrong boy. Talk about frustrating. She totally pushed her soul mate away in a moment of freaking out.

Gwen really is easy to love. She's a hard worker and although she is from the wrong side of the tracks, so to speak, she aspires to go to an Ivy League school. Despite her broken family, I still adore them. Her father is a very tough guy who still needs help with his laundry. I think I love him because his masculine ways remind me of my own father. Her mother is a dreamer who is constantly getting lost in steamy romance novels. Her grandfather is a crazy, lovable old Portuguese man that likes to illegally fish. Her younger brother, Em, is simply Em. He is not autistic, but he is something, though there is no way to describe him aside from unique. I absolutely adored him. And then there's Nico, her cousin and best friend, who I enjoy as well. He aspires to be in the Coast Guard.

Then there's Vivie who lives across the street. She and Nico are in love and have been since they were little. I disliked her from the beginning. I found her to be hypocritical and the huge plot twist involving her was something I picked up on earlier in the book, which made it all the more annoying to me when everyone freaked out later. Really, some characters are so oblivious to what is going on right under their noses. I think the fact that Gwen's "rock" annoyed me so much detracted from my love of this book.

And then there are the rich boys. I adore Cass simply because despite his upbringing, he's not a snob. As Em says, he is Superman and he is one of my favorite love interests ever. His best friend, Spence Channing, is a rich snob who should never be given the time of day. I never liked him and I thought he was a real jerk. Whenever he was in a scene, I found myself putting the book down for a few seconds because I found him to be so vile. However, such strong emotions elicited from characters is a positive sign in an author's ability to make us connect to characters.

I loved Gwen's exploration of the island and her life on the island. I loved her story and the underlying themes of sex. The fact that sex is not just sex and it should mean something was hugely important in this book. There was no slut-shaming and instead there was regretful discoveries and do-overs. In other words, I loved the overall plot. Fitzpatrick found a way to take a modern problem and make the readers connect to it wholeheartedly. Though slightly heavier then her first book, she is still one of my favorite contemporary authors.

I highly recommend this one to anyone, but I still believe her debut was slightly better. I'm very curious to see what she has in store for us next. No matter what, I know there will be a ton of laughs.

Warning: There is sex, talk of sex, a little bit of cussing, and underage drinking.
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4.5 stars for What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick 23. April 2014
Von Confessions of a Y.A. and N.A. Book Addict - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I've heard that authors whose debut books are successful sometimes find it hard to write their second book. Not so in Huntley Fitzpatrick's case. She's written another book that manages to grab your attention and not let it go until the end. I found myself thinking of this book weeks after I'd read it. I wasn't ready to let Gwen, Cass, and the other characters go.

To tell the truth, the blurb only hints at the complexity of the book. This book is about so much more than Gwen and Cass. It's about Gwen's family and friends too. Let's talk about the sneak peek first. It was only the first three chapters and I was left wondering why the publisher Dial was being cruel to all the bloggers and readers who didn't get access to the whole book. I mean it's a great introduction to Gwen's family but only hints at why Gwen wants to get off the island so badly and what Cass is to her.

So, I read the sneak peek and immediately went and bought the hardback. I knew waiting was going to be tough, but I wanted to have the book to hold and I devoured the rest when it arrived. The wait was well worth it. I really liked Gwen. She's a teenager whose in a situation not entirely of her making and seeing parts of it that are her fault hurt her. She's been labeled something she's not and even though she knows it's not true, hearing the words again and again are still painful. I wanted to both hug Gwen and shake her at the same time. In the beginning I didn't understand what Cass had done to hurt Gwen but when I did, I was not happy. Just to reassure you, I did end up liking Cass, a lot, it just took me a while to reconcile and process all the information I had.

One of the most interesting and complex tracks in this story and a twist I didn't see coming and then did later on involved Gwen's cousin Nico. I felt his pain like a blow to my chest. Life can really feel unfair sometimes. I feel so bad about this, but I've got to get it off my chest. SPOILER ALERT!!! Please don't read on if you haven't read the book. If you've read the book, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Nico was accused of cheating towards the end of the book which is something Cass said justified some behaviors. What I would like to know is, how did he cheat? The accusations were never addressed, only made. End of spoiler.

I read somewhere Huntley is writing a sequel/follow up book to her amazing debut book, My Life Next Door, and I know I can't wait to read it, but I do hope Huntley will revisit the characters from this book as well. I also know I'd read anything she wrote and know it would be a great quality read.
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I fell in love with this book and I think you will too. 30. April 2014
Von Colette Corry - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Fitzpatrick's first book was so romantic and all-around fabulous, that I couldn't imagine that this book could match it. But it is even better. The young lovers, Gwen and Cass, are real and likable; they are also more flawed than the earlier book's Sam and Jase. The story is set in the same town, but we get to know a wider range of characters and to understand more deeply how life is lived in this small but complex community. Much of the story is set in a cozy summer enclave for the well-to-do called Seashell Island, where Gwen Castle lives with her family. Her mother cleans houses, her father has the local beachy ice cream joint, her grandfather catches contraband lobsters and Gwen starts working as a companion for a rich old lady. Gorgeous, adorable Cassidy Somers, who is from the wealthy part of town, becomes the island's yard guy, and we quickly realize that there is something in Gwen and Cass's past that is both drawing them together and driving them apart. Fitzpatrick's characters are engaging and their world Is believable. As the mother of a developmentally disabled child, I must say that her portrait of Emory, Gwen's little brother with "differences," is totally unique and truthful. Finally, and probably best of all, Fitzpatrick's story is SEXY AND FUNNY. Read this book!
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