Published on 1st September, 2015
by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Silas Hart has seriously shaken up Westlin Beck's small-town life. Brand new to town, Silas is different than the guys in Green Lake. He's curious, poetic, philosophical, maddening-- and really, really cute. But Silas has a sister-- and she has a secret. And West has a boyfriend. And life in Green Lake is about to change forever.
Truest is a stunning, addictive debut. Romantic, fun, tender, and satisfying, it asks as many questions as it answers.
I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I feel like I should have a lot to say about this but I don’t. It was certainly a slowly built up book. The beginning pissed me off to no end with the whiny protagonist, the cheating, the love triangle… it was enough to make me angry and put off. But somehow, somewhere along the way, I caught myself getting emotionally caught up with this book. I cried. Twice. In between rolling my eyes. And I smiled at how sweet and silly Silas was.
So I’m a bit of emotional wreck at the moment, and the best way I can think of getting my thoughts across, cohesively, is to make a list:
1. The beginning, like I said, was awful. I didn’t understand why West was complaining to Elliot that this “moody” new kid was an “asshole” to her when he was super sweet and nice, if
rather adorably awkward and peculiar. It made her seem like a little bit of an asshole!
2. The ending was just as bad. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, cliffhangers + standalones = unhappy readers. And I doubt they’ll be a sequel so I’m a little ticked off about that.
3. I enjoyed the philosophical musings but felt that a lot of it went over my head. Silas’ passion for poetry and deep thinking really made his character and I loved that his relationship with West was based on their shared passion for those sorts of things. But I still found it a little hard to swallow at times.
4. Was it just me or did West come across as a little too naive? She seemed ignorant about depression and was sometimes quite indelicate to Laurel.
5. The religious parts were also a little too much for me. I’m not religious myself so I find it hard to read about it all without getting bored or annoyed.
6. As much as I loved the relationship between West and Silas – they had so much chemistry, I loved that – cheating is not okay. Ever. It kind of ruined it for me. I didn’t like the way Elliot was tossed aside until needed afterwards. He was such a big part of West’s life and it doesn’t sit well with me that he could be so disposable to her, even if I didn’t really like him. I would have liked an better resolution or… I don’t know exactly, but not what we got.
7. Silas. He deserves his own point. I loved him!
8. I wasn’t a fan of West at times. The way she acted around her family annoyed me. I get having an absent father can be hard, I really do, but I don’t know. She just rubbed me the wrong way most of the time and I couldn’t always empathise with her when she was being so unreasonable.
Overall, this book had its good moments – and characters. Silas! <3 – but it wasn’t something that I’d actively recommend it. It was kind of a mix between Something Like Fate (the small-town setting and summer “forbidden” romance feels) and Looking for Alaska (the darker undertones and philosophical subplots) so if you enjoyed both of them, give this a go. Otherwise I am not too inclined to either recommend this or steer you away from it.