April 6, 2014

16 Things I Thought Were True Blog Tour: Review, Dream Cast + Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the official blog tour for 16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler! Today I have my review of the book to share, along with the author's dream cast - and don't forget to enter the tour wide giveaway! To follow along with the rest of the tour, click on the banner above.

16 Things I Thought Were True
Author: Janet Gurtler
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire


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 sweet…in 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.
Dream Cast 

Morgan- Anna Sophia Robb

Amy- Jennifer Lawerence with short hair

Adam- Tyler Posey- wearing glasses

Jake- Cody Sprouse

Josh- Dylan Sprouse
16 Things I Thought Were True is a heart-warming and poignant look at life as a teenager in today's society. Although some of the things that happen throughout the book don't always occur in all teen's lives, the majority of the story is one we all know all too well. Morgan is a fantastic main character in the book. She's an average teenage girl who has to deal with family issues, school, summer jobs, and friends - among other things. She's down to earth and strong, although we do see her encounter some big obstacles in the book. I felt really connected with Morgan right from the beginning of the book and I was easily pulled inside her world. The author made the writing conversational, which I believe makes it easier for the reader to identify with the characters and to immerse themselves into the story. Like most people, Morgan is a lot more than meets the eye - and that gets revealed to both herself and the reader throughout the story.

The secondary characters were well written too, although some seemed a bit cliched at first glance. You have the dorky guy who turns out to be a sweetheart (and miraculously hot underneath those glasses), the perky best friend character, and the older twin brothers who seem like opposites but are more alike than you know. Besides being a little cliched on the outside, I loved the characters once I got to know them as individual people in the story - with all their quirks and flaws. It made the book all the more realistic and believable. The plot was a fantastically written and incredibly relevant in our society today. All of the struggles that Morgan faces are real life problems that happen every day. The author even included social media (Twitter) to keep the story current as well as proving a point. Although the story is light and heart-warming, it deals with some serious topics as well - such as family, friendship, self confidence, love, and believing in yourself. It also touches a bit on the topic of bullying and being an outcast among peers. I myself haven't faced all of the problems that Morgan does in the book, but I have come face-to-face with most of them. The author writes about all of these struggles and issues that Morgan must deal with in a personal and detailed way - to the point where I felt like I was in Morgan's shoes right along with her, and I could almost literally feel the things that she was. In my opinion, when the author has the ability to really get into my head and connect me to the characters so fully, I know that they have an incredible talent. That's definitely what happened with this book - and then some. It has a bit of something for everyone - fun times, happiness, love, romance, grief, loss, fear, believing in yourself, finding strength, and lots of other themes. Highly recommended for fans of YA contemporary fiction!

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.

Janet only gives 5 stars to the books she reviews because she is an author herself and knows that no book can appeal to everyone, but like a child, it is very special to the creator.

I’M NOT HER was published by Sourcebooks Teen Fire in May 2011.

IF I TELL released Oct 1, 2011 from Sourcebooks Teen Fire.

WHO I KISSED Sourcebooks Fire 2012.

Janet’s work will also appear in the THE FIRST TIME anthology, DEAR TEEN ME anthology and WHO DONE IT anthology.

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 (3) Winners will receive a Copy of 16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler.
(1) Winner will receive an Exclusive 16 Things I Thought Were True T-Shirt by Janet Gurtler.

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