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16 Things I Thought Were True Kindle Edition

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Length: 294 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Caught in the ultimate battle between good and evil, with time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to finally face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But can she save Neverland without losing herself? Paperback | Kindle book

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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

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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: 1300 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (March 4, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 4, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GM43GMM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,975 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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'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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Format: Paperback
3.5 stars

Janet Gurtler writes relatable, imperfect characters and puts them in challenging, thought-provoking situations. This is especially apparent in #16thingsithoughtweretrue where each character is dealing with important issues.

I didn't quite LOVE any of the characters, but I grew fond of them. Morgan's insecurities are something that most everyone goes through, as is her need to feel validated—which she attains through the number of Twitter followers she has. I can also relate to the spontaneous road trip. Last summer, I got a couple friends to agree to go on a road trip with me, so I could visit and get to know my to-be boyfriend better (the story was that I wanted to go ballroom dancing... my dance partner, who'd introduced my boyfriend and me, lives in the same area and told me about the dance). The point of the story? Road trips are a lot of fun, and I highly recommend them. It's a great way to hang out with friends and get to know each other better.

The supporting characters are wonderful as well. There's great chemistry among them, and I love how complex the relationship are. I especially enjoy how Morgan, Adam, and Amy become close friends over the course of the road trip and remain strong even after a certain couple forms within this circle. Usually, I'd be squeeling here over the cuteness of the couple. And they are pretty cute in how they can't get enough of each other during their makeout scenes. What really stands out to me, however, is the trio's friendship and their wonderful banter. It's fantastic and so. much. fun. Amy in particular is a beautiful character

What kept me from getting as into the story as I might've was the writing. It doesn't feel as put together as previous Janet Gurtler books I've loved.
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