Review + Giveaway || Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers

by Jackie Lea Sommers

Release date: September 1st 2015
PublisherHarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Romance, contemporary
Age category: Young Adult

No. of pages384 pages (Kindle edition)
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.

Truest is a stunning, addictive debut. Romantic, fun, tender, and satisfying, it asks as many questions as it answers.


Historical sense and poetic sense should not, in the end, be contradictory, for if poetry is the little myth we make, history is the big myth we live, and in our living, constantly remake.― Foreword, Brother to Dragons: A Tale in Verse and Voices — A New Version (1979)

Phenomenal. Remarkable. Extraordinary.
The premise of the book was so good. From the first time I picked up the book, I knew, I just knew, that this book would be great. And I wasn't wrong. I like the sense of "soul searching" vibe this book sort of have. I also love the added element of poetry. Any book with good poetry is bound to be a great book.

I love how different the character were. They weren't bizarre or odd per se but they are unique in their own little way. But you know what grind my gears in this book? Cheating. Or maybe kind of. Our main character, West has a boyfriend, named Elliot, but she really hit it off with the new guy in town, Silas. It was obvious, just from reading the synopsis, who West would end up with, but flirting with Silas then going back to your boyfriend was a bit of a bitch move, if you ask me (no matter how trivial or short this thing was, I couldn't get over it). Anyway, there's that but there's also a Silas-twin, with a mental disorder on the side, thrown in. What a bunch of complex characters. I love complexity of this characters. 

Overall, I like the complicated web of events this book have shown me. This book has a bit of a hiccup with a certain thing but this book was generally awesome.
Did I like the ending? The last few chapters were kind of annoying but the ending was good.
Is it a page turner? Yes. I couldn't even put it down.
Would I re-read it again? Of course.

About the author:
Jackie Lea Sommers lives and loves and writes in Minnesota, where the people are nice and the O’s are long. She is the 2013 winner of the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult Writing. Truest is her first novel.

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One (1) annotated copy of Truest filled with thoughts written by the author throughout the book, little behind-the-scenes stories and details of writing of the novel (US only) 12/14


  1. Great review!!! Thanks so much for joining the TRUEST blog tour!!