What I Thought Was True

What I Thought Was True

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The eagerly anticipated follow-up to My Life Next Door is a magnetic, push-me-pull-me summer romance for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han. Gwen Castle's Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her idyllic Nantucket-esque island this summer. 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. Huntley Fitzpatrick delivers another enticing summer read full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions, and a romance that will make every reader swoon.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 409 pages
  • 150 x 211 x 36mm | 522g
  • Dial Books for Young Readers,US
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0803739095
  • 9780803739093
  • 110,590

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Praise for What I Thought Was True "Fitzpatrick once again evokes the dizzying heights of adolescent passion while remaining down-to-earth." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "A beautiful story of first love . . . Gwen's character has the kind of depth and voice that will enchant teens. Those with regrets of their own will find hope in this coming-of-age romance that will appeal to fans of Deb Caletti and Sara Zarr." --School Library Journal "Fitzpatrick beautifully portrays a teenager's wobbly foray into sex as well as her dawning awareness of the power that actions and incautiously chosen words have to hurt others. . . . Natural dialogue and authentic characters abound. Much deeper than the pretty cover lets on." --Kirkus Reviews "[Fitzpatrick] has smart storytelling abilities, and her novels have a yearned-for richness and depth . . . Watching Cass and Gwen fall in love is a true delight." --Romantic Times "A sometimes steamy and very believable account of how it feels to discover how important it is to take responsibility for oneself and the decisions that shape one's life. A must for collections that can't keep Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, or YA summer romance titles on the shelves." --Booklist "These are flawed people who battle their own self-conceptions and strive to discover themselves anew. Gwen learns much about her town, her family, and her future all in one summer . . . There is a tomorrow that these characters must confront, and while their tomorrow is brighter, their lives are not complete--just better." --VOYA "Utterly luminous . . . deftly balances the shimmering promise of summer, first, love, and yearning in an emotionally charged, beautifully written book." --Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author "Hauntingly raw, romantic, and beautiful."--Katie McGarry, author of Crash Into You "An exquisitely drawn portrait of what it means to be balanced on the line between what was and what may come. I was entranced." --Katja Millay, author of The Sea of Tranquility Praise for My Life Next Door "Fitzpatrick's excellent first novel movingly captures the intensity of first love [and] the corrupting forces of power..." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "Chemistry that crackles: it's the novel's tender, awkward, sexy, dizzy-happy portrayal of first love that really makes it soar." --Horn Book "The characters are dynamic and realistic. Strong narrative pacing adds to the whole sun-kissed package, which is on par with authors such as Sarah Dessen and Deb Caletti." --School Library Journal "An almost perfect summer romance...[that] will have every girl who reads the novel wishing for a Jase of her own." --Kirkus Reviews "Fitzpatrick perfectly captures the heady joys of first love while still dealing with everyday realities." --VOYA "A heart-warming romance every girl will envy." --Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series "A wonderful read that will connect with your heart--guaranteed!" --Lurlene McDaniel, bestselling author of Heart to Heart "One of the best books I read this past year. . . . Wonderful, uplifting and beautifully written." --Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author "A summer romance with depth." --The Boston Sunday Globe Best First Book Finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA Awards
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults title
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About Huntley Fitzpatrick

From the author of My Life Next Door comes a new swoony summertime romance
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23,418 ratings
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4 32% (7,561)
3 28% (6,600)
2 9% (2,057)
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