Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Blog Tour for 16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler; Review + Guest Post

Posted by Donna
Release Date: March 4th, 2013
Finished Date: March 5th, 2014
Publishers: Sourcefire books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: For Review
Format: eARC
Pages: 304
Heart attacks happen to other people #thingsIthoughtweretrue

When Morgan's mom gets sick, it's hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn't as far away as she thought...

Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk #thingsIthoughtweretrue

Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan's getting to know the real Adam, and he's actually pretty a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?

5000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need #thingsIthoughtweretrue

With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of Cheetos to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She's not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend...and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she can't imagine living without.

The Review: 16 Things I Thought Were True is another charming read by Janet Gurtler that is highly relatable!

Morgan is a sixteen year old girl who is completely obsessed with Twitter. She lives her life through Twitter, updated her status every five minutes and feels like the only friends she has are through the internet. Especially since her ex-best friend posted a video of her on line for the world to see. Since then, Morgan keeps to herself and tries to hide away from what everyone thinks about her. It’s not until Morgan’s mother is rushed to hospital that she finally accepts some help from her moody boss; Adam, when she needs a ride to the hospital. It’s then that Morgan’s mother finally tells her some information about her father – the guy who has had nothing to do with Morgan since she was born. Feeling like she needs to reach out to her him, Morgan finds herself in a car, on a road trip with two of the most unlikely people she ever thought she’d befriend, but she’s finding there are many surprises along the way!

I’ve only ever read on another book by Janet Gurtler – Who I Kissed – which I really enjoyed. Now she’s back with 16 Things I Thought Were True and I finished knowing that I really need to read some more of Janet’s other work, because each time I finish her book, her work leaves a very good impression on me. 16 Things I Thought Were Tue definitely has a little bit of everything, a good plot that was emotional and fun, many twists that keeps you guessing, great characters and great secondary characters, and a romance that is sweet and very tender.

Morgan was a likable and relatable character. Her obsessiveness over Twitter and Chap Stick made her an even more real character. People, even me, can really relate to things like that. Me, I’m addicted to lip balm. See, she’s relatable. I loved that. Not only that but she’s fun, especially when she having fun. And Adam, he was such a sweet guy. He’s what every girl’s needs, someone strong, loyal, kind and loving. Another character that stood out what Amy. I loved how she couldn't control the things popping out of her mouth and that she was there to support Morgan, when they had only just become friends. I though Amy's secret was very well done and definitely turned up the emotional feelings towards the end. I loved Amy, but more importantly, I really loved it when Morgan, Adam and Amy were all together. It was so much fun.

Overall, #16thingsithoughtweretrue is a great summer read. Mark it on your TBR lists guys! Enjoy!

Favourite Quote: "You make me want to be a better person," he says softly. "To deserve you. I want you to know how right you feel to me."
Janet GurtlerHow did you come up with the idea behind 16 Things I Thought Were True? 
Sixteen Things evolved from an idea about a girl who is hiding from the world via social media while ironically being “overexposed” (by a viral video) by the Internet.  To me it’s about a girl discovering who she is and she goes about it in ways that are so different than when I grew up.  I find it interesting.  I would have LOVED social media as a shy teen. I know I would have been very addicted to it.

It’s pretty easy to hide behind a keyboard in today’s world. I know I’m guilty of  social media addiction sometimes. I imagine it would be easy for many teens to get caught up in that world as well.  I know, having a teen of my own that phones are the most important thing a teenager owns. It’s kind of scary really.  I can’t imagine what life is going to be like for the kids of today’s teenagers when I think about how much things have changed in my lifetime.

Anyhow, at the risk of sounding like an old codger, I think that this book was inspired by the social media world. And finding yourself.
Janet lives near the Canadian Rockies with her husband and son and a little dog named Bruce. She does not live in an Igloo or play hockey, but she does love maple syrup and says “eh” a lot. 

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