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16 Things I Thought Were True [Kindle Edition]

Janet Gurtler
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 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 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.

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Editorial Reviews


"A Twitter-obsessed teen gets some real friends in this appealing story about family and friendship . . . Well done, sensitive and real." - Kirkus

"[A] romantic road-trip story . . . [with a] theme that one's expectations rarely match up with life's realities. " - Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Janet Gurtler lives in Calgary, Canada with her husband and son and a puppy blessed with cuteness rather than brains. Janet does not live in an Igloo or play hockey, but she does love maple syrup and says "eh" a lot. Visit

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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,434 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
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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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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I guess I'm in the minority because... June 11, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 hard. I wish there had been more exploration of some of the plot points instead of moving on to another major one. I had a hard time connecting to the characters and being interested in their story.

I liked the message that it's important for us to realize we don't always know what's going on in everyone else's life and we shouldn't be quick to judge. It's a lesson I think we should all be reminded of but I don't feel like Morgan actually learned it. In the end I just felt like she was being hypocritical because she was judging people in the lunch room at work and her friend Lexi. The author does more telling than showing with Lexi so it's hard for me to actually picture her as being the "bad girl." Yeah, her posting the video was not something a friend would do but I kind of want Lexi's side of things. Maybe Lexi deeply regretted it. There were things concerning her mother and father Morgan does and later deeply regrets.

Also, using dreams as foreshadowing is overused and I think authors need to start getting more creative.

I don't see myself wanting to reread this in the future or recommending it to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply fantastic!! March 10, 2014
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Morgan is having a bit of a hard summer. She’s got a job at the local theme park working with snacks, she’s not making any friends, and her Mom just had a heart attack. She doesn’t know who her dad is, never has really. Her twin brothers aren’t any help so Morgan can’t help but feel alone in world filled with people. However, her one lifeline is Twitter and this is going to be the summer she passes 5,000 followers. She knows once she passes that milestone, something amazing is bound to happen.
As Morgan’s mother lays on the hospital table, she begins to tell Morgan about her birth father. Having assumed he was dead, Morgan is surprised to find out that he is in fact still alive and living just across the border in Canada. A shy girl, Amy, who has become attached to Morgan, offers to drive her to finally meet her Dad. Her boss, and maybe crush, at work Adam offers to go too. As the three set off on an epic road trip, they question themselves, family, and what is really means to be a friend.
I was extremely impressed with how well written this is. I was drawn in from page one and couldn’t hardly set it down. Characters, setting, and story come together perfectly to create this fantastic blend. I simply had to read to find out what happens next.
16 Things I Thought Were True is a wonderful character study of teens and what they are going through right now. Life isn’t perfect but moments can be. Morgan begins the book disliking life really. She doesn't have any friends that aren’t online, she’s had a terrible embarrassment that chased off her real friends so she’s alone. Friendship plays a key role in this story, both old and new and how they affect our lives.
Completely delightful, I loved 16 Things I Thought Were True.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 months ago by Gary E
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 4 months ago by Kris @Imaginary Reads
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 4 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 5 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 5 months ago by Bookish Things
5.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary Goodness
I loved almost everything about this book and I wish there was another to follow up this one. The characters were very likeable and easy to understand. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Callie
4.0 out of 5 stars A Heart-Warming and Poignant YA Contemporary Novel!
'16 Things I Thought Were True' is a heart-warming and poignant look at life as a teenager in today's society. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stephanie Ward
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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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