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.
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.
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.
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