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16 Things I Thought Were True [Kindle Edition]

Janet Gurtler
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.



Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up—In this poignant and heartbreaking story of love, loss, regret, and viral videos, Morgan McLean tries to live down the embarrassing video that exposed her dancing in her undies to millions of viewers. She's got two goals for the summer before her senior year-reach 5000 followers on Twitter and make as much money as she can so she can go to school far away from her small-town Washington home. Then Morgan's lifeline, her mom, the only parent she's ever known, gets sick and finally tells Morgan what she's been wanting to know since forever-the identity of her birth father. With that nugget of information, Morgan decides to hit the open road to locate the father who abandoned her and her mother before she was born. With her two new friends, super cute nerd Adam and talkaholic, tiny Amy, she's ready to go to Canada to find him. It seems like everyone's got a secret to keep, and things aren't always what they seem in times of love and hate, sickness and health. This delightful fast read will keep fans of realistic romantic fiction rapidly turning the pages to see if Morgan and her friends will truly get their happily ever afters. The romance is sweet and chaste, which makes this a perfect read for younger teens, and the heartbreaking reveal at the end will definitely make readers reach for the Kleenex. Although the story and characters are not necessarily breaking new ground, those wanting a story that will tug at their heartstrings as well as provide some chuckles won't be disappointed. For those who want some melancholy in their road-trip romances.—Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library, OR

From Booklist

Eighteen-year-old Morgan has a lot of friends—Twitter friends, to be exact. When real life gets complicated, like when her best friend posts a humiliating video of her dancing in boy’s underwear, she turns to Twitter for escape. Online she can be funny and confident in a way that she can’t at school or her summer job. Twitter can’t prepare her for her mother’s heart surgery, though, or tell her what to do when her mother confides the name and location of Morgan’s birth father. “My dad isn’t dead after all. #truestory,” Morgan tweets before deciding to confront him for never being there. Cue road trip with two coworkers—crush-worthy Adam and impulsive Amy—who both seem to like her despite her gun-shy attitude. Peppering her prose with tweets and texts, Gurtler contrasts the quick appeal of casual online friendships with the lasting satisfaction of giving the same attention to real relationships. Though a late dark turn feels like unnecessary punctuation, Morgan’s emotional journey is nonetheless an honest one. Grades 9-12. --Krista Hutley

Product Details

  • File Size: 1075 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402277970
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (March 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GM43GMM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,059 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Left me feeling lukewarm June 28, 2014
Format:Paperback
I would love to say that I found this book to be very relatable, but sadly, it was not. I have to admit I liked the idea of the book more than I liked the execution of the book. And I really wanted to feel some empathy for the characters, but I found that all the main characters were lying about something. That made it very hard for me to really care over much about any of them.

Simple enough story. Morgan is our perspective character. Her mother, who smokes and drinks too much, lands in the hospital with a heart attack. She thinks she’s going to die, so she tells Morgan where to find the name of the man who is her biological father. She decides she wants to confront him, so Road Trip!

The characters are flawed to the point of being broken and are heavy laden with secrets they don’t want to share. Each character starts off as an isolated individual, but even though the characters become closer as events unfold, I find that I really didn’t care.

Morgan danced around the house in boy’s underwear while her best friend filmed it. That would have been alright but she posted it on line and the video went viral. Morgan has become grist for the rumor mill, she is no longer friends with Lexi, the girl who posted the video and she’s become a loner. She keeps her distance from everyone thinking it is better that way. With Morgan, I found that she was often acting like a real b***h. She lives her life on twitter with her summer goal of reaching 5,000 followers, phone glued to her hand. She prefers living a virtual life with virtual friends than living in the “real world” and she pretty much shuns everyone around her.

Her father abandoned her and her mother. She never even knew his name.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Heart-Warming and Poignant YA Contemporary Novel! April 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
'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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality writing and engaging (and fun!) storyline April 11, 2014
Format:Paperback
There is no denying the fact that Janet Gurtler writes quality contemporary fiction. Her novels are thought-provoking, emotionally affecting and deeply insightful. They're also honest, relatable and often times completely heartbreaking. At the same time, they're captivating and powerful enough to engage even the most reluctant of readers. I have read and loved all of her previous books, but #16thingsIthoughtweretrue is by far my favorite one. There's just something about it - whether it's the summer atmosphere, the poignant and emotional plot line, or the fantastic chemistry between the characters - that made me fell in love with it.

Morgan is a delightfully vibrant heroine. She can be sweet and caring, but she can also act like a spoiled little princess sometimes. She worries about everything - from the more serious things, like issues surrounding her family life, to silly stuff, like her Twitter following and how she's perceived by people around her. She's a typical teenage girl and I think Janet Gurtler did a marvellous job fleshing out her personality. She was an entertaining character to follow - with all her flaws and quirky habits - and I quickly found myself emotionally invested in her story.

As far as secondary characters are concerned, I really loved Adam. Well, I liked all the secondary characters to be honest, but Adam was definitely the most intriguing one of them all. Full of surprises, he is not who Morgan originally thought he was and their interactions are one the highlights of the story.

I think what I love the most about Gurtler's books, and #16thingsithoughtweretrue in particular, is the easy-to-digest, conversational tone. Her writing is simply devourable, making her books unputdownable one-afternoon type of reads.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Highly recommend. The main character, Morgan, learns that the real world can be as good, or better, than living life in the Twitter world. Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. Corson
3.0 out of 5 stars A cute novel but kind of disappointing.
This book honestly has an interesting premise. Morgan is a girl gone viral. Her best friend posted an embarassing video of her dancing on the internet and it has made her the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by EmDee
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story
I absolutely loved this book.

I wanted to ring Morgan's neck and tell her to get off her freaking phone and focus on the real world for once. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Maki
3.0 out of 5 stars Underdeveloped
I love Janet Gurtler's writing, so I was really excited to read her newest novel. As always, I loved Janet Gurtler's easy-to-read, fun writing style, which made the book worthwhile... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Hannah @ Paperback Treasures
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
it was a very good book....but the ending was very sad. it could have gone a happier route and been better.
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars I guess I'm in the minority because...
I didn't particularly like this story. I feel like there were so many things going on. It wasn't confusing or anything it just felt kind of forced to me like it was trying to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chubby Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and thought-provoking
3.5 stars

Janet Gurtler writes relatable, imperfect characters and puts them in challenging, thought-provoking situations. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kris
4.0 out of 5 stars Chapter by Chapter's review of 16 Things I Thought Were True
In this day and age, social media is, like, the mecca of communication. Want to know what your fav. celeb. is up to? Follow him on Twitter. Read more
Published 7 months ago by MaryAnn
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an incredible book
I have been really excited for 16 Things I thought Were True for a really long time now. It was in my waiting on Wednesday two months ago and I have been counting down the days... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michelle@Book Briefs
4.0 out of 5 stars Great YA read about being comfortable with yourself.
I loved the journey the characters went through in this book. They all learn something, and how things aren’t always as they appear. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bookish Things
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More About the Author

A Rita Award Finalist and Crystal Kite Award Finalist, Janet Gurtler's young adult books have been chosen for the JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION and as BEST BOOKS FOR TEENS from the Canadian Children's Book Center.

Janet lives in Okotoks Alberta, Canada with her husband, son, and a chubby black Chihuahua named Bruce. She is addicted to chocolate and the internet.

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