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review 2016-08-24 06:36
What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
What I Thought Was True - Huntley Fitzpatrick

It started off as a slow read for me & I wasn't sure if I was going to finish it or not, but, I did! This is another one I am glad I stuck with. I really liked it. Her books seem like the ones I might have to have audio to finish. The narrator for this book, Erin Spencer, took me some getting used to, but once I did, it became easier to get through listening to her and this book. I gave the book a 4/5 because of the slow start. I liked the characters a lot. Of course, there were some things that got on my nerves, but I guess that's to be expected in many books. Some things that ended up happening that I kind of saw coming. Maybe she intentionally let it be seen? *shrugs* But, that still doesn't mean I had to totally like it, but, I guess it happens! :-)

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review 2016-04-29 00:00
The Boy Most Likely To
The Boy Most Likely To - Huntley Fitzpatrick UGHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

I feel better now.

Please note that if you have not read "My Life Next Door" you will be spoiled by this review.

So I liked the first book in this series and read it two summers ago. I was hoping for more of the same, but think the book suffered from having two perspectives (Alice and Tim) and not making me believe at all that these two were good for each other or were so in lust with each other.

Picking up I believe just a couple of days after the end of "My Life Next Door" we have 19 year old Alice Garrett trying to do her best to mother/juggle all of her siblings while her mother tries to rest up (pregnant again) and deal with the fact that her father is still hospitalized after being in a hit and run accident.

Tim Mason who at 17 is trying to put his life back together after being kicked out of boarding school for the umpteenth time and being heavily into drugs and alcohol for years. He is close friends with Jase Garrett and Samantha Reed (My Life Next Door) who helped him get a job and now Jase has offered his family's garage apartment after his father throws down an ultimatum about him needing to get his life together by December, or he is cut off financially for good.

Tim finds himself drawn to Alice (or Hot Alice as he calls her throughout the damn book) and Alice finds herself thinking of Tim for no good reason that I can see. I had a real problem with the fact that Alice and Tim are both in different places in their lives and no one acknowledging that for the most part, 17 and 19 year old kids who have as much as these two have going on, should not be running around pledging undying love to each other after a hot minute. I got Jase and Samantha's relationship a lot better in the first book, and it made sense. I really don't get any sense of togetherness or understanding by Alice for Tim or Tim for Alice.

The secondary characters don't get any chance to shine in this book like they did in the first one. We get glimpses of Jase and Samantha and some dialogue here and there by them, Nan, and Samantha's mother, but that's about it. The Garret kids as a whole get a lot more exploration which I did appreciate this time through. Last time we only got Samantha's perspective on them all. I really wish we could have looked at Samantha's mom a lot harder, she went from being a real person to me from book #1 to a cartoon villain in book #2. Her entire plot point was unnecessary and can I say just plain stupid? It was.

The narrative shifts between Alice and Tim throughout the entire book. I honestly liked Alice's sections more because you realize that there is a reason why in Alice's mind she dresses and acts the way that she does. And you feel for her for being resentful of the fact that she is forced to take care of things for everyone while her older brother is off at the police academy and her mom seems to do a lot of sleeping and grocery shopping.

Tim's narratives still show for the most part his selfishness that he has about pretty much everyone. And can I say that I don't get why Tim or his twin sister Nan are the way they are. Their parents were not abusive verbally or physically. They both are just being hampered by expectations that I think most kids are today, do well and be good. Tim turning to drugs, alcohol, and sex was too random for me. There's a pretty big plot dealing with Tim in this book, I won't get into here since I don't want to spoil. But I had a really hard time with it and I hated how Tim acted/hid things too.

I can say the flow really didn't work at all. I wish that Ms. Fitzpatrick had either focused on Alice or Tim for the whole book since going back and forth didn't work for me at all.

The ending was a snooze to me and I just felt letdown in the end.
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review 2016-04-01 16:09
Review of What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

 **SPOILER FREE**

While I liked My Life Next Door, her second book fell short for me. Halfway through the book I really didn't see a point for it being written at all. I didn't really feel anything for any of the characters.

 

Gwen Castle lives on an island in New England and works in her fathers restaurant and with her mother cleaning houses for the vacationers. Its your typical working class girl meets a rich boy, and then they defy what other people think about them. Cass Somers takes a job as a yard boy and suddenly they are constantly running into each other. 

 

The problem I had with this book was that it was way too long without much of a plot happening. Another issue I had was the flash backs. You never knew when they were going to happen and they got a bit confusing.

 

At the end of the story I took the title "what I thought was true" to mean  that Gwen reevaluated everything she thought about her friends, social classes, herself and the relationships she has with her family and friends. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2016-03-05 02:00
What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
What I Thought Was True - Huntley Fitzpatrick

Goodreads Synopsis:

 

From the acclaimed author of My Life Next Door comes a swoony summertime romance full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions.

Gwen Castle has never so badly wanted to say good-bye to her island home till now: the summer her Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, takes a job there as the local yard boy. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.

 

 

Review:

 

I loved My Life Next Door and was excited to read another book by Huntley Fitzpatrick, however I was quite disappointed.

 

I was expecting this to be just as enjoyable and full of drama as Huntley's first book but what I found was that it was actually quite boring. Throughout the book nothing major happens. There are little things thrown in there to keep you reading in the hope it will lead up to something big, but it didn't. The storylines never develop into anything but just fizzle out.

 

This book wasn't terrible it just wasn't very exciting. Here we have a poor girl and a rich guy and the cliche'd storyline of said girl not being accepted by the rich boys family wasn't even touched on. All the drama or problems that arised just worked out, there were no big altercations or dramatic scenes which is needed to keep the story interesting.

 

This would be a nice summer read if you're looking for something to pass the time or want a bit of light reading. Although I didn't love this book, I am still interested in reading Huntley Fitzpatrick's new book The Boy Most Likely To as I'm hoping it will resemble My Life Next Door.

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review 2016-01-30 00:03
The Boy Most Likely To - Huntley Fitzpatrick

When I first learned Ms. Fitzpatrick was penning a sequel to My Life Next Door written from the point of view of Tim Mason, I was truly excited. My Life Next Door ends with many themes that could be further explored: Tim’s sobriety, his relationship with his troubled sister, parental issues, as well as his growing attraction towards Alice. 

 

In The Boy Most Likely To, the reader is introduced to a new source of conflict for Tim, one that unfortunately tests the boundaries of plausibility and even practicality. This new Hester/baby addition should have easily been solved in a matter of days, especially when Tim’s parents became involved, considering all of the expenses lost on lawyer’s fees and the like. This storyline is meant to demonstrate Tim’s willingness to change and adapt, tangible proof of his growing maturity. However, the fact that he does not immediately question the story he is told, and obtain proof of its validity arguably undermines this potential growth.

 

 Also since this storyline is the main focus of the novel, all of those other important themes and conflicts that were previously introduced become lost in the shuffle. Although Fitzpatrick does ultimately address them, their resolutions are seemingly insufficient given the depth of those problems, especially the issues his sister is facing. There are a lot of unfinished questions there, enough for a potential sequel. 

 

Though it pains me to say this, The Boy Most Likely To is not among Huntley Fitzpatrick’s best work.

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