Published by Harper Teen on November 3rd, 2015
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’m utterly flabbergasted about how Stevens does this. She creates these beautiful stories with these amazing & complex characters. Of course she has only released two books so far, but with both books I found myself sobbing by the end. I wasn’t sure how she was going to top Faking Normal, because that book was one of my favorites in 2014, but I was still excited for more of her words.
Sadie was likeable from the beginning and you could see that she was still struggling mightily with her grief and with the loss of Trent, one of her best friends. In a way she had also lost Gina & Grey who were also a part of that fateful day. Things between Gina & Grey & Sadie were distant and it only got worse when Sadie caught them kissing one night.
The chasm between them could not have felt any wider.
Sadie has been communicating with Trent’s brother, Max who was also a part of that day. The day everything changed for not only these 5 teenagers, but for their families & the community as a whole. All four families were close before the accident and not only does the accident damage the friendships among the teens, it also damages the friendships among the adults as well.
Sadie deals with things the best she can. She tries to make light out of her scars by giving them names such as Tennessee & Idaho, but she still doesn’t feel secure in herself. The accident changed how she looked, it changed her friendships and it took away her close friend, who she trusted completely and he trusted her with his secrets. But she really wants to find herself. Find a new normal for herself.
There are 7 things she wants for this year:
- Wear a tank top in public.
- Walk the line at graduation.
- Forgive Gina & Gray
- Stop following. Start leading.
- Drive a car again.
- Kiss someone without flinching.
- Visit the Fountain of Youth.
Sadie’s parents were awesome. I know I’ve mentioned it in other reviews, but in most YA, parents are un-involved or dead so the kids can just run around and do whatever they want. With The Lies About Truth, Sadie’s parents AND Max’s parents (and Gina & Grey’s to a lesser extent) were all involved with their children. I loved seeing that. I loved seeing supportive families and strong mother/daughter relationships. Sadie’s relationship with her mom was amazing and it reminded me so much of my own relationship with my mom.
Fletcher & Metal Pete were two secondary characters who I really loved and who really helped Sadie in their own ways. They were both instrumental to her as she worked towards a semblance of healing. I loved them for how they treated her, how they supported her.
Max was so good to Sadie and for her. He wasn’t the whole reason that she made so much progress in healing, but he was a part of it. An important part. He accepted her scars and all. He cared about her as more than just a friend. He didn’t push her past her limits. He respected her limits and supported them. There were a lot of similarities personality-wise to Bodee, the boy in Stevens’ first novel, Faking Normal.
This book was just so utterly beautiful and by the time I finished reading it, I was sobbing all over my Kindle. I very highly recommend Stevens’ novels to all Contemporary lovers.