The Truth About Us by Janet Gurtler
Release date: April 7, 2015
This e-galley was provided by Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: 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.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: You know those books you aren't eagerly anticipating, but you hope they'll be good anyways? (There really aren't any books I hope will be bad.) This was one of those. I requested it for review because it was on my TBR list and I was interested enough to want to read it early.
Unfortunately, The Truth About Us didn't live up to any of my expectations. It was full of cliches and stereotypes (the rich girl with a screwed-up home life, the rich girl falling for the poor boy and saying she "loves" him, all the friends and family hating the poor boy, the little brother who likes his brother's girlfriend, and way too much swearing, drinking, and bad decisions for my taste). I know I'm in the minority, but I hate lots of swearing and especially drinking in YA. And like I said, The Truth About Us had both in abundance. Additionally, the ending didn't work for me. This whole book read a bit like a checklist of things that "should" be in YA novels. There's a death. There's miscommunication. There are star-crossed lovers. There's a break-up. Yup, this one has it all.
Finally, I know I read an e-galley but I noticed some big typos (like the wrong form of your/you're and some weird word choices).
The Verdict: I really wish I had good things to say, but I wasn't into this one at all.
Will I be adding this book to my library?: No.