Review: Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers

Posted September 14, 2015 in Review / 9 Comments

Review: Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers

Truest

by Jackie Lea Sommers
Published by Katherine Tegen, HarperCollins on September 1st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Silas Hart has seriously shaken up Westlin Beck's small-town life. Brand new to town, Silas is different than the guys in Green Lake. He's curious, poetic, philosophical, maddening-- and really, really cute. But Silas has a sister-- and she has a secret. And West has a boyfriend. And life in Green Lake is about to change forever.

 

This book is giving me the thoughts.  My brain cells are tired.  My review may show signs of this fatigue and I apologize ahead of time for this.  Grammar be damned.  Silas be damned, but I am not a walking thesaurus.

Who’s Silas?

Only the teenage boy of my teenage dreams.  And he’s right here, in this book.  Right here.  Fictional, dammit.  But that’s why I read, to escape reality.

Ahhhh, reality, that elusive slip of space in between sleep.  Or am I in a dream right now and I will wake up when I die?  Ouch, that hurt.  My brain cells are still sore.

We are gathered here today to read a review written by one brain numb Kristin who just had her heart and head ripped in opposite directions as she read one of the most noodle provoking and challenging books she’s read since tackling Joseph Campbell (psst. love the guy).  Completely beyond just a simple boy meets girl love story, this book deals with finding that perfect partner in crime for the rest of your life.  Sometimes you just have to convince the other person of it.  There are these side issues of mental disability, alcoholism, and the dynamics of the family to cope with… a love triangle…  so much going on in this book!   Ouch.

Westlin Beck is the seventeen year old daughter of a pastor.  She, along with her two younger siblings and her parents, lives in parish housing behind a church in a small town in Minnesota.  The summer before her senior year of high school has just started and everything is going wrong.  Her best friend and business partner in an auto detailing company is away at camp and her boyfriend is working long hours on the farm so she’s lonely.  Adding insult to injury, her father thrusts a new business partner on her in the form of the new boy, Silas, who has moved into town with his twin sister, Laurel.

This is a thinking teens read and it’s done very well!  I can absolutely recommend this book for teens who want to be challenged to think outside their world.  Perhaps even look at how historical philosophy can be applied to today’s thinking (ouch).  Even if you want a little bit of romance with a deeper meaning, this story has it!  Poetry?  Got it covered.  The meaning of life and God?  A little bit of former and more than I was expecting of the latter.  Ouch, brain cramp.

Don’t worry!  Even though my brain was challenged, the story is not a discombobulated mess.   This story is written, organized, and executed perfectly.  I can honestly say that the love triangle in this book is the best example of how to write a love triangle and have it end up on this side of a positive resolution for all parties involved.  There is even a romantic sex scene but it is done tastefully and “cleanly” so I can still support this for the 17 and over crowd.

But what I loved the most?  How Ms. Sommers used a very simple thing like a t-shirt to lighten the mood throughout the book.  I know how to find those t-shirts so I can see one on the horizon…

About Jackie Lea Sommers

Jackie Lea Sommers

Jackie Lea Sommers is a young adult author who lives in Minnesota, where the people are nice and the Os are long. She is the 2013 winner of the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing. Her first novel Truest will be published by HarperCollins in September 2015.

Jackie grew up on a hobby farm but has made the Twin Cities her home for nearly 15 years after moving there to study creative writing at the University of Northwestern. She hates OCD, horcruxes, and Minnesota winters. She loves Jesus, Augustus Waters, and Minnesota springs.

 

 

Kristin

About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of “happily ever after” books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It’s for her family’s sake. When not reading, she’s homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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9 responses to “Review: Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers

    • K

      You know I really hate triangles, too! I was dreading and waiting, and dreading and waiting and then…. phew!!! 🙂