A mostly Young Adult book review blog run by a mother and daughter team.
In this day and age, social media is, like, the mecca of communication. Want to know what your fav. celeb. is up to? Follow him on Twitter. Want to let your friends know what you’re up to right at that very moment (whether it’s momentous or not)? Tweet it out, or update your Facebook status. But with the good comes the bad. Bullying seems to have followed this trend, along with not so sincere intentions (you catch my drift).
Unfortunately for Morgan, main character in16thingsithoughtweretrue by Janet Gurtler, this lesson rings very true for her when her best friend (or whom she thought was her best friend) posts a video of her dancing around in boys underwear…and yes…a potato is involved. Now things are very awkward for Morgan. It seems everyone has seen this video, and won’t let her live it down.
Working at her summer job isn’t easy because of it. All the other employees have seen the video and mock her, whether it be to her face, or behind her back but within ear shot. Many a break and lunch hour are spent in a bathroom stall crying and reaching out to her thousands of Twitter friends/followers.
But when tragedy strikes at home, comfort and solace are found in her manager, Adam, one who is mean and rude…but is full of surprises. Thinking she’s on her death bed, Morgan’s mother decides to give Morgan what she’s been asking for so many years…the truth about her father. As her mother divulges enough information for Morgan to start her search, Morgan decides that a road trip is in order…one that will lead her to a father she’s never met. And who are her travelling buddies? None other than Adam (the manager mentioned above) and Amy (a home-schooled girl who has no filter and has secrets of her own).
But will this road trip lead Morgan to answers she’s been searching for all her life? Or will she be faced with a truth that she wished she had never known.
For fans of books that involve a road trip, 16thingsithoughtweretrue by Janet Gurtler is one that you won’t want to miss out on. It has the quest to search for the truth, bonding while travelling with people that you least expect to get along, it has humorous and honest heartfelt moments, it has the “my eyes have been opened up to the truth” scenes… you catch my drift.
I’m sure that there will be a character in this book that readers out there will connect with. I’m not talking about just the three travelling amigos. I’m also referring to the supporting characters found in the book.
I will admit that Morgan, who is the main character in16thingsithoughtweretrue, annoyed me at various points in the book. But I’m thinking that it’s because of how I was looking at the story. Had I been a teen reading the events that were taking place, I’m sure I’d be siding with Morgan and her “truths” that come up. I will admit that Morgan’s mother had me fuming. What a secret to keep from your child…and then have her chase a dream that will only end in… never mind. You’ll see what I mean when you read the book.
Not only is it truths that are being revealed regarding Morgan’s life, but truths are being revealed all over the place. Even for the adults involved in this book. And Amy…sweet Amy. She grew on me like a second skin, and I adored this girl to pieces. My wish would be that all teens out there has the opportunity to have a friend like Amy. She really would change your perspective on life and things that one found “life altering”.
I recommend this book to fans of Janet Gurter’s books (who isn’t? This author is amahhhzing!), those who enjoy a great road trip read, and for those who want a story where you witness characters grow up right before your eyes.