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    Light & Fun Teen Read. G/PG Rated. No Cliffs.

    THE TRUTH ABOUT JACK by Jody Gehrman April 15, 2015 Publisher: Entangled: Crush 192 pages, approximately Romance: Contemporary, YA ** Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review. ** -- MY THOUGHTS -- Judging a Book by it's Cover: Cute cover with a light-hearted feel. Synopsis reads like a typical YA/NA feel-good drama. Looking Deeper: First-person alternating POV in present tense. Dakota grew up in an artist/ hippie community. She's vibrant, caring and not as naive as one would imagine her to be. Jack comes from money. His mother shelters and represses him due to a past tragedy she'd never gotten over. Both characters are young, barely old enough to start college in the fall, but he's already lost his best friend to suicide and she's suffered the ultimate betrayal from her boyfriend and best friend. Dakota composes a message in a bottle and tosses into the ocean, only unbeknownst to her, it is found only moments later by Jack. Jack first caught sight of Dakota earlier that day and was immediately drawn to her. When he spots her bottle churning in the tide, he takes it as fate. However, he replies to her message under false pretenses and begins a pen pal-ship that is based only on half-truths. Now he needs to figure out how to transition from his pen pal character to the real Jack without ruining everything. The characters are young. They both have some maturing and learning to do, especially Jack - but I blame a lot of that on his mother, too. There are several secondary characters in this story, all which seem to benefit the plot in one way or another without threatening to steal the spotlight. There's a natural and easy way about the dialogue and interaction that was nice, even the intentional awkwardness was conveyed well. While the plot progresses slow and steady, the writing style is fluid and easy to read. There were a handful of conflicts that were resolved in timely and age-appropriate manners. Predictability was low. The conclusion included a solid epilogue that added to the story nicely. Overall, a it was a fun, light read catering more to the teen and young adult crowd. ------------------------ Heat Level: 1.5 ------------------------ Score: 4.1 Stars: 4 ----------------------- -- ABOUT the AUTHOR -- Jody Gehrman is a native of Northern California, where she can be found writing, teaching, reading, or obsessing over her three cats most days. She is also the author of ten novels and numerous award-winning plays. Her Young Adult novels include The Truth About Jack, Audrey's Guide to Black Magic, Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft, Babe in Boyland, Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, and Triple Shot Bettys in Love. Babe in Boyland was optioned by the Disney Channel and won the International Reading Association's Teen Choice Award. Her adult novels are Bombshell, Notes from the Backseat, Tart, and Summer in the Land of Skin. Her plays have been produced in Ashland, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and L.A. She and her partner David Wolf won the New Generation Playwrights Award for their one-act, Jake Savage, Jungle P.I. She is a professor of English and Communication Studies at Mendocino College. Tina J / Happily Ever Chapter Reviewing for: Tangled Hearts and Boxer Briefs and Smut Book Junkie Reviews
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