The Lies About Truth
By: Courtney C Stevens
Available November 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.
This Blonde’s Review:
People all have events that divide their lives into before and after. For Sadie her big before and after is the car accident that killed her friend and left her scarred. She lost more than Trent after the accident, she also lost her group of friend and her sense of self. She doesn’t know who she is anymore and can’t find her way back to doing the things she used to do.
The only person Sadie feels capable of opening up to is Max. Trent’s younger brother and the other person in the car with them the night he died. After the accident his family took a trip as part of their healing process so we see this relationship grow through a series of one sided emails. We can gather a lot of what is being said based on her replies so I’m glad we only got to see her emails. When he finally comes home and the anniversary of the accident draws near there are multiple things that start to bring things to a head. She’s unsure if her previous friendships will be finally destroyed for good or if it’ll be enough to bring them back together.
I really loved this book. I loved that it’s a more than a story about Sadie learning to care for someone after the devastation of losing one of her best friends. We get to see who Trent was through the memories that are shared of him. And we also realize that everyone has secrets about the things that happened before and after the accident. I like that some of them are secrets I never knew to expect and that they all feel their share of guilt over what happened. The characters were easy to care for, even after making mistakes and not wanting to like them.
If you enjoy books about broken characters dealing with loss and learning how to put their lives back together then you won’t want to miss this one.