Blog Tour: ‘The Truth About Us’ by Janet Gurtler Favourites Post, Review and Contest Giveaway

Blog Tour: ‘The Truth About Us’ by Janet Gurtler Favourites Post, Review and Contest Giveaway

I received this book for free from blog tours, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: ‘The Truth About Us’ by Janet Gurtler Favourites Post, Review and Contest GiveawayThe Truth about Us by Janet Gurtler
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on April 7th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: blog tours, requested from publisher
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.

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I knew I had to jump at the chance to support my fellow Canadians and what better way than to read their books? Janet is a contemporary author that I have been meaning to pick up now and by joining Jean Book Nerd’s blog tour, I knew I had a winner. My expectations were right because I really enjoyed this book and I’m not a huge contemporary fan either.


What can I say? It has all the components of a cute story with a dose of the serious, which is ultimately what I enjoy most. Right off the bat there’s something Jess is keeping from you and being the determined curious reader you are, you’re going to want to know what it is. I wanted to know right away, and I’m really glad it gets revealed in the middle, and not the end, like other books. Janet has this way of writing that makes you forget about reality, and you get sucked up into Jess’s story. She’s a little spoiled, a little bratty and is incredibly lonely, the ultimate rich girl problem. But there’s more to her than meets the eye. Especially when we see her ex best friend arrive on the scene. I loved reading about Jess and her life only because it just seemed so realistic. The portrayals of the rich and the poor. The way both sides can be so judgmental even without meaning to, it’s just something people would automatically do because they’re not used to it. I love that Jess is a character that is extremely flawed and she doesn’t try to be perfect at all. As for the characters? I pretty much fell in love with Kyle, any five year old who is that adorable must be loved. Then there’s Wilf! I loved their witty dialogues together. And of course Flynn who seems to be such a jerk at first, but we all know it’s his defensive mode. The way Janet portrays the family life is also pretty realistic. A father who works too much and walks away from problems, a sister who is never home and a mother who is trying to handle her own demons.


The Truth About Us is more than just a cute contemporary story. It’s a realistic portrayal and I highly recommend this one to anyone looking for more substance in their contemporary collection. I’m definitely going to pick up the rest of Janet’s books and I will be even more excited to read them.


10 Favorite Books
Janet Gurtler Read This Year

  1. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  2. From Where I Watch You by Shannon Grogan
  3. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
  4. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy
  5. The Firebirds by Susana Kearsly
  6. Tell Me When by Stina Lindenblatt
  7. The Truth About Alice byJennifer Mathieu
  8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  9. Finding Paris by Joy Preble
  10. Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay


It feels like the hole inside my heart is growing bigger instead of healing.
Sometimes I do stupid things.
We don’t always choose the ones we fall for. Sometimes the chemistry chooses us.
Why are you talking to her when you could be talking to me?
You’re going to be amazing when you figure out what you want. And who you can trust.
Is that who I turned into? A party girl who relies on alcohol to give her a personality?
There’s no such thing as perfect. It’s all an illusion.
You know when people tell me I can’t have something, I want it more.
No one understood what we saw in each other. But it didn’t matter to us. We worked. And people either liked it or they didn’t.
Things that look perfect on the surface are masking flaws. Big fat flaws.

reading progress


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tour schedule

April 7th Tuesday: Jean BookNerd Guest Post & TENS LIST
April 8th Wednesday: Bookish INTERVIEW
April 9th Thursday: Once Upon a Twilight REVIEW & FILL IN THE BLANKS
April 10th Friday: Literally Meanderings REVIEW & RANDOM THINGS
April 11th Saturday: Pieces of Whimsy THIS OR THAT
April 12th Sunday: Spiced Latte Reads REVIEW & DREAM CAST
April 13th Monday: Her Book Thoughts SPOTLIGHT
April 14th Tuesday: BO-OK Nerd Canada REVIEW & FAVORITE BOOKS
April 15th Wednesday: Book Passion for Life REVIEW & GUEST POST
April 16th Thursday: Book à la Mode REVIEW
April 17th Friday: Bumble and Fairy-Tales REVIEW & EXCERPT
April 18th Saturday: CBY Book Club INTERVIEW
April 19th Sunday: Tea-rrific Reads REVIEW
April 20th Monday: A Leisure Moment REVIEW
April 21st Tuesday: Such a Novel Idea REVIEW & MUSIC PLAYLIST
April 22nd Wednesday: Chapter by Chapter REVIEW & EXCERPT





  1. Megan Mc Dade

    April 15, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    This sounds like such a great read. I am glad you enjoyed it. I love characters who are from the different sides of the track coming together.
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    • giselle

      April 15, 2015 at 11:10 PM

      Me too.. Even though they have the same plot I still enjoy it! Especially if the characters are so likeable

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