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In this humorous love story from the author of "Two-Way Street", an unlikely romance is the best sort of surprise—but the wrong secret can ruin everything. Kelsey’s not going to let one mistake ruin her life. Sure, she got kicked out of prep school and all her old friends are shutting her out. But Kelsey’s focused on her future, and she’s determined to get back on track at...more
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Simon Pulse
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curious little beastie
Mar 22, 2012 curious little beastie marked it as to-read


That cover is so awkward.
Reynje
Cover Story:

As Kelsey approached, Isaac held his arms open. She was walking slowly, slightly unsteady on her non-designer heels and swinging a (bought on consignment) Kate Spade purse in her left hand. A gentle breeze ruffled her long blonde hair – wait, wasn’t her hair brown? - around her shoulders. Isaac began to smile, anticipating the warmth of her lean body in his arms. He briefly wondered whether he should check that the coast was clear and Marina Ruiz wasn’t going to make one of her paten...more
Meagan
Oh, Lauren Barnholdt, you’ve done it again: you’ve managed to write two-dimensional stereotypes. I didn’t think it was possible after Two-Way Street and Sometimes it Happens. But here we’ve got girl with low self esteem who still manages to be an “uptight” snob. That’s Kelsey, who looks down at everyone in her public school for either being dumb, for having an ugly purse, for being a “bimbo”, or for just not living up to her standards. Oh, or just for being at public school to begin with. What a...more
Fred
Nov 05, 2011 Fred marked it as to-read
Recommended to Fred by: Lena ♫ ♪
That's an interesting look on her face, no? Something seems to be on her mind besides the whole kissing thing.
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
One of my favorite things about life (yes LIFE) are the contemporary YA writers that put out great book after great book. You know the ones - Elizabeth Scott, Sarah Dessen, Jennifer Echols. I haven't been on the Lauren Barnholdt train for very long (her book last year was the first I've read), but after reading The Thing About the Truth I am fairly certain she can be put on this epic list as well.

Full Review: http://chickloveslit.com/2012/06/revi...
Mónica
When I began reading The Thing About the Truth, I was looking for, well, fluff. I wanted romantic high school drama as a respite from the more serious books I had been reading recently, so it's not like I was expecting a life-altering read or anything. But even with relatively low expectations, this book was a huge let-down for me.

I had read Two-Way Street a few years back, and although I didn't particularly love it, I do remember wanting to know what the twist was and to see the relationship be...more
Tania
Mon avis sur le blog: http://read-listen-feel.skyrock.com/

Même plus d'une semaine après avoir terminé ce livre, je suis toujours aussi incertaine de la critique que je dois en faire. The thing about the truth est le deuxième livre de Lauren Barnholdt que je lis et j'avais adoré le premier qui était Two-way street (ma chronique). Je l'avais totalement dévoré et je me disais que ce serait sûrement la même chose pour tous les livres de cette auteure. Je m'étais malheureusement trompée.
Kelsey et Isa...more
Anjelica
I loved Two-Way Street, I can't wait to read this one by Lauren Barnholdt!

I loved The Thing About the Truth. It was interesting to read the story from both the point of view of Kelsey and Issac and also reading about the aftermath and what happened in the events leading up to the aftermath at the same time. The plot wasn't as serious as you would think it was, there were a lot of jokes and thugs that would make you smile. The whole point of the story, I think, is that no matter how big or little...more
Magan (Rather Be Reading)
[Review Originally Posted on Rather Be Reading]

The Thing About the Truth revolves around the tense, abrasive relationship between Kelsey and Isaac. Kelsey is, at heart, a really good girl. Isaac acts out to capture the attention of his self-centered politician dad. Isaac and Kelsey’s meeting is nothing short of awkward. They’re both new to the public school, but upon seeing Isaac, Kelsey makes quick judgments about the type of guy he is and writes him off. She wants to fly under the radar so she...more
Joanna
He’s so hot that it kind of takes my breath away. Of course, I’ve probably been reading too many romance novels.

that is Isaac Brandano for you. :) if he was in my high school i would probably have a crush on him too. I mean he's kind of a jerk but a very sweet jerk. He's nice to look at too.

I really like this story! You know the feeling of some kind of cozy rain inside your system and it's making you blissful or something? That's how i felt. Also, i couldn't stop reading it. I wanted to know...more
♥ Sarah
The thing about this book was that it lacked any real conflict.

The big lie and the catastrophic outcome of Face it Down Day was a huge letdown.

The "conflict" was so stupid that it was laughable, and kind of offensive. Basically, Kelsey and Isaac meet as new kids on their first day at a public high school (hooray for originality!). They start off as frenemies, and then turn into BF-GF (definitely haven’t seen that before!). The narrative switches back and forth from Kelsey’s POV from "BEFORE" a...more
Evelyn
I don't know why I even bothered.

Honestly.

I read Sometimes It Happens which is by the same author and I gave it 1 star. I really didn't like the novel but when this book came in from the library I thought I would give the author another chance. But I really shouldn't have bothered because I hated this one even more!

First off, when you absolutely HATE the main love interest, it really destroys a romance novel. It was like reading Lola and the boy next door all over again but at least Cricket was...more
Tiffani
Well, I'm kind of... disapppointed in this one.

Sure, it's a cute, quick read, but it's kind of superficial. It was fun, but there are too many open ends, problems left unsolved. Their relationship went way too fast, too. One minute, they're all about hating on each other, and suddenly they're kissing. Next, they suddenly know things about each other, can read each other like they've known each other for ages and then they start 'loving' each other which is just strange.

Isaac is supposed to be th...more
Cha
“And that's when I realize the thing about the truth. It always comes out, no matter what you do.”

I can't believe I finished two books in one sitting - Jennifer Echols' Such a Rush and this one. This one is shorter, and with more humor compare to the former - and this book made me cry. Argh!

I love Lauren Barnholdt because she can write a short novel that can shake her readers. You can finish The Thing About The Truth in one sitting, and reach for the next one, but her novel can stick inside...more
Miglet
I love this book so much that I am not going to admit how upsetting it is that the "villain" (not really but I can't think of anything else to call her) has my name. It was disconcerting as hell and caused serious identity problems for me, but, I loved this book nonetheless. I loved the dueling POVs, I loved Isaac, I loved Kelsey, I loved Marshall, I loved Chloe, I loathed Marina Ruiz *cough, cough* and Rielle.

This is one of the funniest and most romantic YA reads ever.

No lie.
Jessica
3.5 stars
It was a simple read that i could not put down and the premise of the story was great...one little lie can change everything! However the writing style took some getting used to and i feel that the plot was lacking in some areas.
Beatriz  Lins
They say "Don't judge a book by its cover", and sometimes, that really does prove itself true. Unfortunately, The Thing About the Truth doesn't fall into this category. I've never been a fan of this cover, but the summary looked so interesting and just plain entertaining, that I decided to give it a try, regardless of the specifics. And yes, Lauren Barnholdt's newest novel is plenty of fun and very enjoyable, but... it wasn't memorable. At all.

My problems with this novel is related to the main c...more
Kate
i was very excited to read this but it was a bit of a let down. it had promise: characters with secrets, the first chapter definitely opened up my curiosity and i couldn't wait to continue, family issues.

the problems: the secrets? not so good. the first chapter was so good with so much potential that i was ultimately let down in the end by such an anticlimax, family issues? so many unanswered questions that i don't even think they were explored. at all.

i would have loved to have seen greater dep...more
Jen
I have been looking forward to reading this book for months, so you can imagine my frustration when it turned out to be a lot different than I expected. I'm usually a sucker for a pretty cover but this one is a little off putting, especially the look on the girl's face. Also, their hair color is all wrong and that irked me. Kelsey isn't blond and Issac isn't brunette.

The book jumps back and forth between Before and Aftermath and is told from alternating POV's (always a win for me) and alludes to...more
Anna's Book Blog
This review also appears on my blog: World of Books

Review: Initially there was two reasons I picked up this book: I liked the title, and while the cover looked a little awkward, I really liked it. I try not to base what I'm going to read purely because of a cover but in this case I'm happy I did.

“The thing about me and books is that whichever one I’m reading always reminds me of whatever’s happening in my life during that time.”

I really liked Kelsey but there were something about her that stoppe...more
Nicole
Actual Rating: 3.5

So Lauren Barnholdt has this way of making characters who can act extremely ridiculous at times yet you still love them. Kelsey and Noah are no exception. Their adventure never failed to make me laugh. I was quite entertained while reading this novel and I didn't want to put it down!

The story is told in "Before" and "Aftermath" chapters. I really liked this style because (a)not a lot of books are told this way and (b)it made it feel like a t.v. show or something. B probably doe...more
ClaireP
I recently read THE THING ABOUT THE TRUTH by Lauren Barnholdt. The main character in the book, Kelsey, just got expelled from Concordia Prep after an incident involving her ex-boyfriend, Rex. Kelsey is desperate to get her life back on track at her new public school, Concordia Public and just wants to stay away from guys, especially ones that will be a distraction. Then she meets Isaac, the son of a wealthy senator who finds himself in the same position as Kelsey, starting over at a new school....more
Alaa
The thing about the truth was an unexpected choice for me…
It was a very promising book, with good plot, and likeable (ish) characteristics…
It's just that the ending was a BIG disappointment, and the main problem that you eventually find out about was blemish….
I was expecting something bigger, and more of a dilemma that leaves your mouth hanging for about an hour, or two
To me, the dilemma that the author created, was a little bit childish,
And if I really wanted to read a book like that, I would...more
Cande
Un tambaleante 2.5.

El libro está dividido en dos partes; "Antes" y "Las consecuencias" de la mentira. No es taaaaaaan grave, o de muerte. Hicieron semejante lío por una estupidez tan grande...

Cuando leí el "Todo el mundo tiene secretos, e Isaac y Kelsey no son la excepción. Estos dos pueden haberse enamorado fuertemente, pero hay una cosa que puede arruinarlo todo: la verdad." me pareció muy interesante (de hecho fue la única razón por la que me lo descargué), pero nada es lo que parece. Me espe...more
Akanksha❤ Søren♰
It was a good read, Kept me engrossed till the end waiting to know the 'Truth'
I liked how the book was written in a flashback-today-flashback kinda way.

Frankly speaking, The book ended pretty abruptly.. The whole book was pretty lost, Nothing got straight to the point in the end, About Chloe and Dave, Marshall and I Chloe (according to me, he was crushing on her.. haha) Even Kelsey Isaac nothing much happened in the end.. Even the whole thing between Kelsey and her best friend and Kelsey and her...more
Wend ⏃
I loved 'Two Way Street' but I got to say I wasn't too happy with how this book ended (disappointed). I dk I feel like there were moments where it just dragged. there wasn't as much angst & action throughout the book. it went from one moment to another real fast. I was happy to get into both Kelsey & Isaac's minds to see their perspectives on the situation though, so that was a plus. I really thought this book could have been better. I am happy though that Kelsey was finally able to move...more
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
Just picking up a Lauren Barnholdt books manages to make me smile. There is something about her writing style that I just love. She has this uncanny ability to write the most off the wall characters that are so completely insane that you can't help but love them! She did it with Courtney in Two Way Street(my FAVORITE Barnholdt book!) and she did it again with Kelsey in The Thing About the Truth.

Kelsey was completely off her rocker. The thoughts that went through her head and the things she actua...more
Linsey
First of all I was completely intrigued with the description of this book and the cover so I immediately added it to my wishlist. The whole story was established around one lie and the misunderstandings of the two kind of stuck up teens. Don't get me wrong I love a little teen drama (obviously), but they (Kelsey and Issac) were bent out of shape over relatively small issues (daddy and anger problems) that never get resolved. Sure Kelsey beats the mess out of an almost-award-winning smart car tha...more
Isamlq
2.5/5

I was on the fence about this one, thinking that maybe the pair of them were written the way they were in a play to make it more “edgy,” but not too edgy. You know, edgy in the way that neither of the leads is that sympathetic?

Let’s face it. She’s too uptight; he’d act like an entitled ass. Plus, he could say some of the most atrocious things, while she could behave in equally insensitive manner. I felt that there really wasn’t anything to dig deep for; that they’d eventually prove themsel...more
Abbe "The Sexy Gryffindor" Hinder
The Thing About The Truth is told from the perspectives of Isaac and Kelsey. It’s told before and after the incident (Face It Down Day) in both of their perspectives. It was pretty cool that there were four mini stories in one book. But the idea was typical and boring, nothing stood out. The characters were choppy and annoying, I felt like Lauren Barnholdt didn’t develop her characters well and that the main characters were contradicting themselves as well as boring. Without many facts about the...more
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“And that's when I realize the thing about the truth. It always comes out, no matter what you do.” 42 likes
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