Tuesday, September 8, 2015

ARC Review: The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

Expected publication: November 3rd 2015 by HarperTeen
Hardcover, 336 pages
Series: Stand-alone
Genre: Young-Adult Contamporary


Summary from Goodreads

Sadie Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent’s brother, Max.

As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she's unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him — even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she'll always be trapped in the past.
An emotionally charged story about lose, friendship and love. In that order. Sadie Kingston is a girl who survives a car accident that killed her best friend Trent, scarred her face, and damaged his brother's Max voice. She is now living in the aftermath of the accident and is trying to deal with the deep painful feelings of lose, her boyfriends betrayal and the fact that her face took quiet a beating. Moving on isn't easy for Sadie, but I respect her journey and her will and courage to do so. This book was not an easy read for me, especially with losing some family members in the past year. The circumstances might be different then the books, but the pain is no different. Me dealing with lose, I really don't know how to and maybe this was why reading this book was kind of a milestone for me. Usually I tend to stay away from anything heavy or what would bring me into easy tears. I was happily surprised with this one, thought it was a difficult read the main character was likable.

Sadie went through a lot and although I have questioned some moments, like how is she taking this harder then Trent's own family, her journey did feel somewhat realistic. Especially since she had to cope with the fact that her face will never be the same, she will carry those scars like battle marks of survival for the rest of her life and that is not easy.

There was a bit of a love story laced into this but it was not the main focus. The main focus was Sadie trying to move on and put her life together closer to the anniversary of the death. Trying to forgive her best friend and her ex-boyfriend for what had happened and dealing with new information that had come out in light of everyone trying to move on.

I did enjoy this book. I thought it was well written. The story was good. It made me want to know Trent and feel sorry that he was lost before the book started. He felt real, with Sadies memories bringing him up throughout the book, it made me feel kind of like I knew him and in the end, wish I knew him better.


  1. This is new to me but it looks fabulous. Glad you enjoyed it.

  2. I really enjoyed this author's debut so I'm thrilled to see you loved this one so much! I can't wait to pick it up--great review, Lily! :D

  3. It's interesting how we all deal with loss in very different ways and I love books that address this issue. My favorite is The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, but I'll defintiely be giving this a try.

  4. Oh, I love emotional. That's always a pus when the author can make you care so much for a character like Trent.

  5. Oh this requires truffles when reading for sure. Wonderful review Lily.

  6. This sounds like an emotionally packed read Lily. I can see why it would effect you. Fabulous review!

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