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Heaven by the water.Best kept little secret in New England.Tiny hidden jewel cradled by the rocky Connecticut coast.Seashell Island, where I ve lived all my life, is called all those things and.And all I want to do is leave it behind This is a story of angerScrew them before they screw youThere s the islanders and then there s the summer people The island is Gwen s and the islanders most of the year They live on it, eat from it s sea, and swim in it s waters Heaven by the water.Best kept little secret in New England.Tiny hidden jewel cradled by the rocky Connecticut coast.Seashell Island, where I ve lived all my life, is called all those things and.And all I want to do is leave it behind This is a story of angerScrew them before they screw youThere s the islanders and then there s the summer people The island is Gwen s and the islanders most of the year They live on it, eat from it s sea, and swim in it s waters But during the summer they become the background music to the wealthy, cleaning their homes, serving their food, and watching as they sail on their waters in luxury boats Enter Gwen our heroine in the crux of her self discovery She feels discarded and abused by the classist system The island that s been hers most of the year, turns against her, relegating her to the Maria s and the Jos s of the island, as one tourist charmingly puts it She can t wait to escape, and leave it all behind Ah, if only it was that simple for YA protagonists Alas, no heroine is complete without her prerequisite, betrayal, love complications, and various other problems That betrayal comes in the form of Cass, a wealthy local who is not quite an islander and not quite a tourist He lives on the other side of the bridge, where the rich of the island live This is a story of love There is an uncertain to and fro between Gwen and Cass throughout the book, each held back by their own misunderstandings of the previous spring Each is hurt and both fail to fully communicate their hurt to the other Admittedly, this was frustrating for me to read, but the frustration was intended by the author And that s what is captivating about Huntley Fitzpatrick s writing How she can tug and pull at my heart strings until I m feeling exactly what she wants me to feel.While Cass and Gwen are our main two characters, the story is not just about them There are supporting actors and actresses with their own story lines and struggles which are very much separate from the protagonists And how refreshing it is to see this in YA, instead of a mindless focus on the protagonist There is Gwen s little brother Emory who isnot quite autistic He s not anything they ve mapped geneticallyInstead he isjust Emorya charming voice of innocence Then there is her tough love relationship with her father, who wants the best for her, although he goes about it in a highly questionable way There is her mother, the epitome of the working class, cleaning the summer houses for those who disregard her Then there is eccentric Grandpa Ben with his lobsters and nugget of wisdomDeixe que as hist rias de outras pessoas sejam contadas por elas.Other people s stories are their own to tellThis is a story of truth And so Gwen waits, and so does Cass, for each to tell their story of what happened the previous spring.The book is ripe with hormones and tension The sexually charged air was mixed in with electrically charged thunderstorms The turmoil of Gwen as she comes to terms with her sexual identity is coupled with the crashing waves The cloying heat of her bedroom stands with her heated thoughts Huntley Fitzpatrick is a master of psychological settingCass lifts the bottom of his t shirt, squeezing water out of the hem, then pulls it entirely off Sort of like detonating a weapon in the tiny, warm, confined spaceYou know those summer books which so perfectly capture the season that you forget that you yourself are in the zenith of winter Huntley Fitzpatrick compresses the thrill, the freedom and the recklessness of summer into something you can hold in your hands.She so perfectly slots in little reminders of summer for the reader Little sentences we carelessly read over and relegate to the back of our minds as unimportant But our subconscious is hungrily absorbing, cataloging and fitting together all these little details that resonate with usI roll over trying to find a cool spot in my bed I m itchy and jangly, so tired of watching the numbers on the clock shift This is one of those books, that by the end of it, despite it s bumps and flaws, you can t help but look back on fondly The overall feeling this book gives you is palpable It leaves behind the sticky heat of summer, the whoosh of the ceiling fan, and the sweetness of melted ice cream on your fingers.Slow, and simmering pacing, this one is definitely worth a read Or two Huntely Fitzpatrick, you are officially one of my favourite YA authors PRE REVIEW 1 11 2012I can t wait for this book BUT IT S TOO FAR AWAY Fitzpatrick s My Life Next Door had to be one of my favourite books of 2012.Basically me after finding out about this book But then I saw the publication date So now I m just sitting here like HURRY UP 2014we re finally in 2014, I REPEAT WE RE FINALLY IN 2014 In honor of Kissing Day, a little taste of kisses from WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE He is absolutely still, motionless.Very, very slowly, I lift my own hand, slide it up to rest on top of his and squeeze His breath catches, but he still doesn t move There s another flash of lightning One Mississippi Two Mississippi The way to count out a storm Another beat of silence, then I turn my face to the side and catch his mouth with mine.Someone pinch me. DNF around 200 pages once I realized I was only halfway through and nothing interesting had happened yet The withholding of information was irritating I mean, when everyone in the book knows what happened except the reader, it s pretty freaking annoying, especially since we re not talking about a murder mystery here and the constant flashbacks were also confusing when the big mystery of what happened in Gwen s past isn t even that shocking Positives the older woman she cares for, the New E DNF around 200 pages once I realized I was only halfway through and nothing interesting had happened yet The withholding of information was irritating I mean, when everyone in the book knows what happened except the reader, it s pretty freaking annoying, especially since we re not talking about a murder mystery here and the constant flashbacks were also confusing when the big mystery of what happened in Gwen s past isn t even that shocking Positives the older woman she cares for, the New England beach setting, no slut shaming though there are plenty of dumb and questionable decisions , and an okay resolution to the story But this book feels far too long and is far too uneventful, disjointed, and emotionally unfulfilling I heard such raves about the author s debut that this came as a pretty big disappointment Oh, well An advance copy was provided by the publisher for this review. Since my first language is Portuguese, reading the book I kept trying to understand why Gwen called her grandmother vov but her grandfather was simply Grandpa Ben Makes no sense specially because he was the one who came from Portugal not her.Overall a nice read but the book kind of lost me at the last three chapters I would ve added a few Cass s POV chapters because, clearly, Gwen offers us a skewed and prejudiced version of herself it would ve been nice to see her trough Cass s eyes Since my first language is Portuguese, reading the book I kept trying to understand why Gwen called her grandmother vov but her grandfather was simply Grandpa Ben Makes no sense specially because he was the one who came from Portugal not her.Overall a nice read but the book kind of lost me at the last three chapters I would ve added a few Cass s POV chapters because, clearly, Gwen offers us a skewed and prejudiced version of herself it would ve been nice to see her trough Cass s eyes.STOP RATING UNPUBLISHED BOOKS Rating 4.5 StarsAlthough Fitzpatrick s sopho novel has made it onto many Waiting on Wednesday posts and Top Ten Most Anticipated lists, it s one of the last books I expected to be reading this year While Fitzpatrick managed to hit the nail on the head concerning quite a few issues with her debut novel, My Life Next Door fell seriously flat for me Thus, to find myself quite besotted with her sopho piece is a surprise, to say the least But What I Thought Was True battles the crashi Rating 4.5 StarsAlthough Fitzpatrick s sopho novel has made it onto many Waiting on Wednesday posts and Top Ten Most Anticipated lists, it s one of the last books I expected to be reading this year While Fitzpatrick managed to hit the nail on the head concerning quite a few issues with her debut novel, My Life Next Door fell seriously flat for me Thus, to find myself quite besotted with her sopho piece is a surprise, to say the least But What I Thought Was True battles the crashing waves of adolescence with an honesty that is forthcoming, a romance that is flawed, and relationships that really do withstand the test of time What I Thought Was True is a tale with multiple plot threads, but Fitzpatrick manages to make these complex story lines converge in a cohesive manner While Fitzpatrick s debut was set in a small town, her sopho novel takes place on a quaint island whose class divisions are starkly felt Gwen Castle, the protagonist of our tale, hails from a long line of Portuguese fishermen and lives on the wrong side of the bridge Stony Bay, just across the bridge, is home to rich private schools, decadent clubs, and wealthy homes while in Gwen s own household her mother is a house cleaner and both she and her cousin take on summer jobs to help carry the economic weight of the household.Fitzpatrick instills the very mentality of this town slowly, but deeply, into your very bones itself It s always difficult to convey the sense, the feeling, of a fictional location without spelling it out explicitly but Fitzpatrick outdoes herself with What I Thought Was True Gwen s household, as well, is so vibrantly portrayed First and foremost, it is an interracial setting with Gwen herself being only half Portuguese but her cultural heritage is keenly felt, as are the personas of all her family members Gwen s parents, though divorced, are both still very much present in her life, albeit in different ways, as is her grandfather whose presence adds to the ethnic feel of the story Of utmost importance, though, is Emory, Gwen s eight year old brother who isn t autistic, but isn t perfectly normal either, as well as Gwen s eighteen year old cousin brother, Nic, who has lived with them for as long as Gwen can remember Gwen, her best friend Vivian, and Nic have been the three musketeers for years and although Vivian and Nic have now been dating for years, their friendship hasn t changed While Vivian and Nic share the type of relationship that Gwen and everyone, really only dreams of, the summer brings forth unexpected cracks For one, there is the wild rumor that Vivan and Nic have been looking at engagement rings a fact kept wholly secret from Gwen Add to that the fact that Nic dreams of joining the Coast Guard while Viv simply wants to stay in their small island town and Gwen is officially caught between the two people who mean the most to her Fitzpatrick does such a skillful job of navigating the multiple relationships that Gwen possesses in her life, taking the time to develop these integral friendships through meaningful conversation While these three teens start their summer thinking they want one thing, they wind up realizing that life doesn t always give us what we want and, even scarier, what we want can change quite suddenly, tooAnd this is the hardest, weirdest part of not being that barefoot girl and that towheaded boy running down the sand to the water, all legs and elbows and unself conscious Suddenly, you edge your way to the end of your second ten years and BOOM Your choices matter Not chocolate or vanilla, bridge or pier, Sandy Claw or Abenaki It s your whole life We re suddenly this close, like Nic said, to the wrong move Or the right one It matters now Page 236Surprisingly enough, though I enjoyed Gwen s incredibly developed relationships, as well as the growth that she and her loved ones go through, the romance truly did sweep me off my feet In fact, there are no love stories I love better than those which feature protected sex, a feminist heroine, and a respectful hero What I Thought Was True starts off with Gwen trying her level best to avoid Cassidy and failing quite spectacularly as he seems to pop up wherever she goes Cassidy lives in Stony Bay, the rich side of the bridge, and Gwen, for all her helpful tendencies, has a bit of a reputation Fitzpatrick takes her time to unveil the truth of Gwen s past, not just with Cassidy, mind you, but I loved that she never judged her own character for her actions Even better, Gwen isn t ashamed of her actions Granted, she does have regrets which teenager doesn t but she isn t embarrassed by wanting physical affection and, what s , isn t a simpering virgin Yet, Gwen is a good girl Not only is she honest, but she is respectful and kind Not a slut, not a bitch, and not a whore With Gwen, Fitzpatrick has created a heroine who doesn t fit into the typical boxes white, virgin, innocent but she also hasn t flaunted her protagonist We don t realize that Gwen is ebony skinned until almost half way through the book although it s quite easy to surmise from her heritage We aren t made to question Gwen s virginity or lack of it or even gasp at the honest sexual discussions she shares with her best friend Fitzpatrick makes it seem so effortlessly easy to include friendships, close family ties, culture, heritage, and a meaningful romance that stresses a respect for boundaries I only wishauthors would write contemporary novels like this one because, frankly, this is what the industry needs, notTwilight Fifty Shades of Grey rip offs And speaking of alpha males, can we all applaud the fact that Cassidy might just be the total opposite of one Admittedly, his relationship with Gwen has a bit of a rocky past but at the core he s an absolute sweetheart Gwen and Cassidy s romance is slow, tortuous, and an enticing sizzle to read unfold Full of open discussion, unsaid secrets, and an undercurrent of sexual tension, I loved every one of their interactions particularly when Cassidy turns on his charm Yet, what I love most about their relationship is that it affirms the boundaries these two desire in their relationship and reaffirms them all over again when they change It s such a healthy relationship, one in which both parties are happy and the pace is moving according to their own desires, not their past experiences Of course, getting to the relationship in question is one of the best arcs in the story, but the sustaining romance is a favorite of mine as well.Ultimately, I cannot recommend this book enough What I Thought Was True is an incredible story about growing up and facing the hard truths that life throws at you It s a novel about coming to terms with the hand you ve been dealt, learning to cope with change, and, most importantly, sustaining relationships despite the hurdles Fitzpatrick could have easily molded this into just another summer romance but, trust me, it is so muchthan that Needless to say, I ve already ordered a copy of this for my own bookshelf to hug, just as much as I will Holy crap, just tell me already what the freak happened with Gwen and Cass At halfway through, not telling the readers what literally everybody in the novel not only knows but that affects all their actions and reactions is just being coy for the sake of coyness Even worse, you ve bracketed the core event with flashbacks that make Gwen look stupid and irrational in the present So essentially, the author is counting on keeping my interest despite a bitter protagonist who we can see has badly m Holy crap, just tell me already what the freak happened with Gwen and Cass At halfway through, not telling the readers what literally everybody in the novel not only knows but that affects all their actions and reactions is just being coy for the sake of coyness Even worse, you ve bracketed the core event with flashbacks that make Gwen look stupid and irrational in the present So essentially, the author is counting on keeping my interest despite a bitter protagonist who we can see has badly misjudged someone who is genuinely good and interested and she holds that grudge despite every evidence to the contrary Because I like spending time with stupid, bitter people holding irrational grudges And here s a clue for authors if your protagonist is continually acting based on an event in the past, and dwells on it endlessly, then tell the readers what the crap happened already Sheesh Buddy read with JaspritIt would have been a good four except that you may proceed to read my rant under the spoiler tags view spoiler EXCEPT THAT CHEATING IS A FUCKING NO NO IN MY BOOK.I don t care whether you re confused teenagersI don t care about anything else.If you re confused and not sureTAKE A BREAKDon t lie to the person you re withDon t lie to your best friend who happens to be related to said personIn fact wait to go woman.THANKS FOR RUINING AN AGE OLD FRIENDSHIP WITH YOUR SE Buddy read with JaspritIt would have been a good four except that you may proceed to read my rant under the spoiler tags view spoiler EXCEPT THAT CHEATING IS A FUCKING NO NO IN MY BOOK.I don t care whether you re confused teenagersI don t care about anything else.If you re confused and not sureTAKE A BREAKDon t lie to the person you re withDon t lie to your best friend who happens to be related to said personIn fact wait to go woman.THANKS FOR RUINING AN AGE OLD FRIENDSHIP WITH YOUR SELFISHNESSI haven t been this angry in a while and it just disgusts me.I am sure there are ways to portray cheating that work but I haven t come across one yet.Honestly, an HEA in my opinion would be Vee no longer being friends with Gwen.Yes it may have been between Nic and Vee but yeah.I just don t think Vee deserved her own little HEA.And really SPENCER OF ALL PEOPLE Also Cass I don t like him any I had a huge crush on him for most of the book until he thinks it s a good idea to hide that from Gwen.Gwen deserved to know.NIC deserved to know.Ugh.Stupid teenagers.The book did wrap up well enough but I just don t fucking care.You will never be able to erase what she did in my mind.I will not be able to overlook it.I will not forget it.And I will certainly be a hellavary about picking up YA Contemporary okay that s a lie I probably will in the near future but I ll avoid picking up those silly summer reads I give up hide spoiler It s been over a year since I read this novel, and I am still thinking about it If you missed this novel, I highly recommend checking it out Feb 2, 2015 ADD THIS TO YOUR to read list IMMEDIATELY.I read this novel almost straight through I only had a break for dinner with my husband and I have so many things that I am thinking about.This novel is layered, beautifully written, has an incredible setting, contains rich prose, has emotionally charged characters, explores deep rela It s been over a year since I read this novel, and I am still thinking about it If you missed this novel, I highly recommend checking it out Feb 2, 2015 ADD THIS TO YOUR to read list IMMEDIATELY.I read this novel almost straight through I only had a break for dinner with my husband and I have so many things that I am thinking about.This novel is layered, beautifully written, has an incredible setting, contains rich prose, has emotionally charged characters, explores deep relationships, shows family complexities, shows the differences between working class upper class,explores sexuality and the power and influence it has on one s life, explores just sex hookups versus sex with someone you love,shows embarrassment shame humiliation and the pain hookups can cause,shows how sex can be used as a weapon to hurt someone you care about,shows the complexity of love, explores the power of lies and secrets how they deeply effect people,shows how communication is critical in relationships,includes a special needs child some of the dynamics that go with taking care of and loving that child, interweaves expectations of parents, explores the challenges and difficulties of working with the elderly, not just for a YA, but how it might feel to suddenly need help when you ve always taken care of your own needs WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE isn t one of those YA contemporary novels that you finish, and then sigh with a Awww, that was so sweet Yes, I think people will LOVE the ending I definitely did but what makes this novel so awesome is its authenticity to REAL LIFE The complexities and flaws of real relationships are what make this novel so phenomenal Cass is definitely swoon worthy and a great match for the strong, generous of spirit, kind, best sister of the year, and vulnerable Gwen If any couple can make it forever, these two will But there will be challenges Welcome to real life It s very cool that Huntley showed the foundation of how they ll most likely handle any problems challenges complexities that might come up in the future Cass and Gwen learned to handle problems challenges complexities through honesty, communication, give and take, and a foundation of trust and loyalty THAT IS A BRILLIANT STRENGTH OF THIS NOVEL I really commend Huntley for creating characters that have such depth I m not sure too many writers could pull this off By far, this will be a novel I ll be thinking about for a long time It s revealing and eye opening and painful and heartbreaking and swoony WOW Thank you, Huntley, for sending me the ARC I will cherish it the inscription (Download Kindle) ⚼ What I Thought Was True ⛅ Gwen Castle has never so badly wanted to say good bye to her island home till now the summer her Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, takes a job there as the local yard boy He s a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island s summer people happy Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she ll never escape her past or the island Gwen s dad gives her some shocking advice Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself with what really is This was cuuuuuute I really liked the whole boy wins girl back kind of feel but I still feel like some things weren t totally addressed and the ending felt a little rushed.Overall though, a cute fluffy contemporary where the characters learn quite a bit It was good