Book Review: The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

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Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Published by HarperTeen on November 3, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 336 – hardcover & ebook

Format: e-galley

Source: HarperCollins International

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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.


*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, HarperCollins, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*

Holy shit. I read the synopsis of this book and immediately fell in love with the story; I’m a sucker for tragic stories. Oops.

I devoured this book in one 6 hour sitting, it’s a very quick, but gripping read. The Lies About Truth is a tale of friendship, truths, and forgiveness. I loved everything about the book – how realistic it was, the writing, dialogue, romance… everything.

This story is about a girl, Sadie Kingston, who gets into a car accident which leaves her body, face, and soul scarred. But she’s not the only one affected. Her best friend died in the wreck, and her three other friends are scarred too, mentally and physically. Everyone is entangled in a messy web of grief, anger, guilt, and love and there are truths to be revealed about that night never told before. Only Sadie can decide if she wants to embrace her future or stay trapped in the past.

I’ve come across and read tons of YA Contemporary stories with the same storyline, so I was afraid that this’ll be no different than the others. I was scared it’d be boring and overused. However, Courtney C. Stevens manages to stir up new emotions in you while immersing you in her characters’ world.

So many things in this book were very realistic, they never felt fake or forced and I’m really glad for that because that’s really hard to find in other stories like this one.

I’ve seen many of the reviews for this book talk about her other book Faking Normal, which I haven’t read yet, but I’ll definitely have to look into it after this. I’d love to read more of her work because this was definitely a masterpiece.

Another thing I really like about this book is that there’s romance, but the story doesn’t revolve around it. It was just like the story had this perfect balance between focusing on her romance, her friendships, and her family without making any of them feel over-weighted. The romance between Max and Sadie was there, but the story didn’t rely heavily on it; and I loved how the relationship between Sadie and her parents and the adults in general was portrayed.

Also, the whole story felt very… smooth. I love how the author revealed everything about Sadie’s past piece-by-piece; it was very easy to read and engaging to the reader. The writing style helps with that, too. It was beautiful! At times, it took my breath away with the amazing quotes.

Overall, this was a very beautiful book with an amazing writing style and a breathtakingly emotional plot. A must-read for lovers of deep YA Contemporary books.

Rating: 4 fish

4 fish


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