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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is about much more than a sappy YA novel! I read it just one day. It was incredible.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
It's been awhile since I've read a book that I've loved that much and would read again. This is one of those book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melissa Heenan
Blame is a tricky thing. Morgan McLean has discoverd this painful fact when the dancing she did boys underwear while singing, was filmed by her best friend and posted online. Read morePublished 11 months ago by John Rogers ClarkIV
Overall, I liked this book way more than I thought I would. I loved how this book contained realistic elements that could happen in peoples' everyday lives. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jenn
There are no words that can do this book, these characters justice. I honestly have nothing to say because I'm very busy crying right nowPublished 12 months ago by Graciecosmo
Review originally posted at: http://talkingbookworm.com/2014/12/06/book-review-16thingsithoughtweretrue-by-janet-gurtler/
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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 morePublished 16 months ago by T. Corson
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 morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer