The Lies About Truthby Courtney C. Stevens (Website)
Published by HarperCollins on 2015-11-03
Genres: Death & Dying, Friendship, Girls & Women, Sexual Abuse, Social Issues, Young Adult
Sadie Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent’s brother, Max.
As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she's unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him — even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she'll always be trapped in the past.
Courtney C. Stevens debut last year was “Faking Normal”, a book that touched me deeply and stayed with me for a very long time after finishing the last page. Of course, I was eager to read her newest release which promised being as emotional as Faking Normal…
Dealing with loss, scars and life changing events….
Sadie lost one of her best friends in a car crash. Even more tragically, she and all her tight and close friends were involved in this car crash and now this former super tight group of friends are all dealing with the aftermath.
And.. each of them are dealing with different issues about this crash. Sadie is horribly scared and closed herself off and avoids her friends. The only one she can talk to is Trent’s brother Max, which whom she can share her fears, struggles and can be herself. For scared Sadie, it helps that Max cannot see her, sometimes writing emails is easier…
Heartbreaking, touching and moving!
Sadie’s story and that of the car crash and her friends is incredibly heartbreaking and moving. We feel the loss and hole Trent left in this wonderful group of friends, where Trent somehow was the centre and now they have to find a way to deal with his death and develop new dynamics within the group. The love between these friends was so palpable and I was rooting for them to find each other again!
There is loss and then there is light and hope!
I love how the story is not just dry and sad, but also offers hope and light. We see Sadie changing, becoming stronger and staring to truly deal with her loss and also with her scars. And of course, the newly developing feelings for Max gives her so much strengths, its beautiful to see this girl coming back to life!
The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens deals with grief, loss and friendship in a heartbreakingly moving way. We see Sadie coming out of her shell and follow her path of healing and I loved to see the light in these dark themes.
Have you read Faking Normal? Do you also need light and hope in dark stories as much as I do?