Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Thing About the Truth by Lauren Barnholdt

The Thing About the Truth
In this humorous love story from the author of Two-Way Street, an unlikely romance is the best sort of surprise—but the wrong secret can ruin everything. Kelsey’s not going to let one mistake ruin her life. Sure, she got kicked out of prep school and all her old friends are shutting her out. But Kelsey’s focused on her future, and she’s determined to get back on track at Concordia High.

Isaac’s been kicked out of more schools than he can count. Since his father’s a state senator, Isaac’s life is under constant scrutiny—but Concordia High’s his last stop before boarding school, so Isaac’s hoping to fly under the radar and try to stay put for a change.

When Kelsey and Isaac meet, it’s anything but love at first sight. She thinks he’s an entitled brat, and he thinks she’s a stuck-up snob. So it surprises them both when they start to fall for each other. Kelsey’s happy for the first time in months, and Isaac’s never felt this way about anyone before...But nothing’s ever completely perfect. Everyone has secrets, and Isaac and Kelsey are no exceptions. These two may have fallen hard, but there’s one thing that can ruin it all: the truth.

Another brilliant book from Ms. Barnholdt...loved it!
I think I've read every one of this author's YA and I've loved them all. And The Thing About the Truth is my favorite yet.

The relationship between Kelsey and Isaac was adorable. They were very cute together. They didn't exactly get along right away. They assumed things about the other, and that led to them disliking each other. But, obviously, they work it out in time and then starts the relationship and the whole "thing about the truth."

Kelsey is my favorite of the leads from Barnholdt's books. I was a little frustrated with her in the beginning, when she automatically book a negative label on Isaac and refused to see any evidence of the contrary. But, after she got over that hiccup, she was a great character. I thought her lying would bother me, but it didn't. I understood why she would want to forget the thing she lies about. And that leads into the whole area where the book focuses. The lie itself wasn't the important part. It's more about the morality of lying to someone you love and how that affects your relationship. I think that whole idea was played out really well.

Isaac was another wonderful character. He chafes at having to keep up a good image for his dad's career as senator, but, this time, he's decided to actually try to stay in school. He was very sweet. Despite the rocky beginning to their relationship, Isaac is the one who is persistent in seeking out Kelsey until she finally sees that he's not a brat. And after, he is the most perfect boyfriend you could ever wish to have. I adored him.

The story goes back and forth between the past and the present. It was well done, never getting confusing. The plot moved fast and the ending was another happily ever after for our lovely couple.

Loved this book!


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