#16 Things I Thought Were True

#16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler
Published: 3-4-14 by Sourcebooks Fire
Get the book: Amazon, The Book Depository

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 sweet…in 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.


Design – ?       Rating – 2/5

I can hardly read the title because there isn’t enough contrast between the blue words and the white background. The picture is really dull and doesn’t have any tie to the story itself. It’s very random. I do like how the girl is way off to the side, and the picture itself is well divided by all the horizontal lines. I just wouldn’t have chosen it for a book cover.


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I thought this book would be quick and fluffy, but it turned out to be more than that and I really enjoyed it. Morgan and Adam were both great characters, but I thought the book was weighed down by all the drama that Amy and Morgan’s mom brought to the table. I also thought that there’d be more time spent on the road trip, because I love road trip books, but really the trip portion was quite short. This book has a lot of family drama in addition to Morgan’s online issues.

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  • Adam – Adam is a great character and has more personality than a love interest usually does. He’s obviously intelligent since he wants to be a doctor. He’s kind too; going out of his way to drive Morgan to the hospital and even doing research on the procedure her mom was having to go through, and explaining it to Morgan so she wouldn’t worry. That’s definitely above and beyond. Adams likes Morgan but he’s really a wonderful friend to her and doesn’t ask or expect too much of her. One of my favorite Adam moments is when a *spoilery thing* happens and Adam calls Morgan out for spouting lame clichés. While that doesn’t sound nice, it was a moment I liked a lot.
  • things Morgan thought were true – First, let’s clear something up: I hate the use of things like # or @ or anything like that in a book title. However, the little blurbs about things Morgan thought were true were cute. I was disappointed that there wasn’t one for each new chapter. The little blurb truths were just kind of misconceptions or things that Morgan took for granted, and they gave a little peek into what was going to happen.
  • premise – I think that the idea of Morgan turning to the Internet for company, even though she’s looking for company due to the reactions to her online video, is very interesting. It’s easy for Morgan to get drawn into her Twitter follower count because those people haven’t associated her with the video, and she feels like the followers are genuinely her friends. It’s interesting to watch Morgan decide how much she wants to share of her life with the Internet, and to see how she handles all the things in her life that the Internet can’t help her navigate. 

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  • Morgan’s mom – Almost every interaction between Morgan and her mother made me angry. She’s had Morgan’s entire life to come clean about everything that happened with Morgan’s father, but never has. And when she finally decides to tell the truth, Morgan isn’t interested in hearing it. I just don’t understand the reasons that Morgan’s mom gives for not telling her daughter the truth about what happened with her dad.
  • Amy – I’m trying not to spoil anything here, but Amy brought a lot of drama into Morgan’s life. Some is of Amy’s own creation and completely unnecessary, and the rest isn’t Amy’s fault but is just a plot point I thought was thrown in as sort of an afterthought. Amy isn’t great at making friends but her boisterous attitude balances out Morgan’s serious outlook pretty nicely. I just really disliked that Amy’s secret seemed to come out of nowhere toward the end of the book as soon as things with Morgan’s mom were sorted out. It seemed like something added in to make sure there was still drama.
  • Lexi – Morgan’s ex-BFF is rude beyond belief. They aren’t friends anymore because Lexi posted an embarrassing video of Morgan online. Even though Lexi is the person at fault her, she acts as if Morgan owes her something. She’s rude, selfish, and demanding – all while laughing at Morgan’s humiliation.

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I’ve practically committed to going on a road trip with this tiny little person who sounds like an overactive mouse, and that makes me happier than I’ve been in a long time. I should be worried.    – pg. 81   Morgan

“I don’t need to be saved,” I tell him.
“I wasn’t offering,” he says.        – pg. 234   Morgan + Adam

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3 Robots

Acquired: Bought (ebook)


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