Saturday, September 26, 2015

Review: Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers

Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

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.

I had mixed feelings about this story.  On the one hand, I really wanted to like, and did for some reasons, but on the other hand, I had trouble getting through it for others.  So let me take both sides.

First, I really did love the characters.  West was kind of free-spirit who seemed a little caged to me. She seemed a bit adrift with how little time she gets with her preacher father.  Silas enters her life and opens her up.  I loved Silas as a character because he was also free-spirited, sweet, funny, kind, and very caring of his sister, Laurel.  Which leads me to how intrigued I was by Laurel.

Laurel has a disorder I've never heard of before, and I was utterly fascinated by her, and in love with how carefully Silas handles and loves his twin sister.  This is another side that made me fall in love with him.

The story was littered with great characters, including Gordon, and West's boyfriend, Elliot.  This leads me to the problems I had with the story.

West has a boyfriend, and Elliot is a great guy.  Yet, West goes out with Silas all the time on what I can only describe as dates.  I have an issue with cheating, and so this story really walked the border of that for me and pressed a hot button I don't like to cross.  She should have broken up with her boyfriend when she sensed her feelings for Silas were more than friendly.

My second issue is that despite the fact that this book had some great characters, I was bored while reading it.  I found it way too easy to put it down and come back to it later, and extremely easy to stop in the middle and read an entire other book before coming back to finish this one.  This was a bad sign for me.

The author's writing was well done, as I loved her characterization, but the pacing could definitely have used a pickup in order to be really engrossing. I felt like some things could have been condensed and that too much time was spent on things that didn't really progress the story forward all that much.But I'll definitely remember this story for its excellent characterization.  Very memorable people.

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