Silas Hart has seriously shaken up Westlin Beck’s small-town life. Brand new to town, Silas is different than the guys in Green Lake. He’s curious, poetic, philosophical, maddening– and really, really cute. But Silas has a sister– and she has a secret. And West has a boyfriend. And life in Green Lake is about to change forever.
This was a spectacular debut read from an author I hope to see plenty more from. A harrowing, heartrending story of love, friendship and tragedy, that left me shattered but hopeful at the same time.
The characters drew me in and captured my heart. West was sassy but sweet, and I took an instant liking to her. The struggles she faced took me back to my younger years and I couldn't help feeling a thrill as she found herself falling for Silas. It certainly made her life more complex, but I'm glad that these teens were able to own up to their feelings and to sort things out in a very mature manner.
Laurel's condition was intriguing, something I've never heard of before, and she was a mystery from the very first moment West and her dad went to visit the Hart household.
This story flowed right off the pages and was in no way predictable. My heart shattered a million times over as devastation hit the small town of Green Lake, and I wished to reach in and give Silas and West the biggest hug ever.
This is a definite must read. It will reach in and tug your heart from your chest. It was beautiful in every way, a true pleasure, that was enjoyed from start to finish.
Jackie Lea Sommers lives and loves and writes in Minnesota, where the people are nice and the Os are long. She is the 2013 winner of the Katherine Paterson Prize. She dislikes OCD, horcruxes, and Minnesota winters. She likes book boyfriends, cranky teenagers, and Minnesota springs. Truest is her first novel.
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