Almost True (When I Was Joe #2)
Ruthless killers are hunting Ty so the police move him and his mum to a quiet seaside town. But a horrific attack and a bullet meant for Ty prove that he’s not safe.
On the road again, Ty’s in hiding with complete strangers . . . who seem to know a lot about him. Meanwhile he’s desperate to see his girlfriend Claire, and terrified that she may betray him. Ty can’t trust his...more
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Let me start off by saying that this series was a new thing for me. First off, I'm not one for thrillers, which this series definitely counts as. But I enjoy mysteries, a similar genre, so I gave it a shot. Another first about these books is that I've never read stories both written by and targeted to British people - with British lingo, punctuation, grammar, etc. It was actually pretty fun to see all the differences and try to decode the British English....more
I came to this book after reading a whole range of stories involving fairies, elves and vampires. I'd read 'When I was Joe' (the prequel) and found it a hugely readable and pacy novel. It sagged a little in the middle but that was easy to excuse as the sag...more
**possible spoiler** I was honestly bored with Claire and everyone in his old life. I didn't mind him going to see them or getting in contact, but there was just too much of it throughout the book. **end possible spoiler**
Other than that whole part of it, I was very thrilled...more
The thing about sequels is that most of the time, you never get the same rush of emotions you felt while reading the first book in a series for the first time. You already know the characters and you see the plot coming so it hardly feels the same way, and at wor...more
Ty’s story as a witness to a crime takes him forward from his life as Joe in Keren’s first novel When I Was Joe. The exciting, liberating experience of being Joe has been left behind. At the beginning of Almost True, Ty is Jake - a lost boy living by the sea. He is frightened and he has every reason to be because the gang members who he is expect...more
I thought this was a great conclusion to the first book, "When I was Joe." While I found some flaws in the first book, I thought this one did a wonderful job making up for them. I wasn't sure whether to give it 4 or 5 stars.
**possible spoiler** I was honestly bored with Claire and everyone in his old life. I didn't mind him going to see them or getting in...more
Almost True continues with Ty's story. His mum and him have been living in another town under different names and still hiding from the people who are trying to kill Ty because of what he wit...more
The characters all move on from the end of the last book and Ty, at the centre of the story, feels his life spiralling out of control.
There are all the elements of a truly Shakespearian drama here - love, betrayal, friendship, family, misunderstanding, hatred... it's a heady mix and only the quality of the writing keeps this from being a complex mess of emotions.
Ty's voice is the d...more
Right from the beginning, Almost True hurtles along at break-neck speed. Ty is still on the run. But for now, he thinks he is safe. Until someone dies. A cast of mistaken identity. They've found him, and now he has to run again. But this time, things are differ...more
I was completely surprised by the direction David took...more
I read the first book in this series a while back and have been meaning to reading this for a while. From the moment I picked it up I knew I was going to struggle to put it down as I found it addictively engaging because the storyline was pacey and action packed.
In this book you get to know more about Ty's background as he finds out for himself for the first time more about his father and his father's family. I loved finding out that det...more
This one is an adventure and I wasn't sure where it was going because it had some surprises.
The good thing was that it wasn't too gritty with British slang and easy for an American to read and get into.
I want to read the first book in the series next so I know what happened to Ty before.
"Almost True" continues telling the story of Ty, and is a real rollercoaster of action and emotion. I found at times that I couldn't read fast enough, and then at other times I almost didn't want to turn the page.
One of the things I really loved is how realistically the characters are created. Like most teenagers Ty gets it right some of the time and also gets it wrong, m...more
The relationship that develops between Joe and his paternal grandparents is wonderfully written and the humour and sarcasm that ensues when Joe's cousin Archie comes to stay is laugh out loud funny!
I honestly cannot wait to see what Keren David comes up with next!
This story brings the two-part series to a wonderful close.
It was good, except for some awkward moments that kinda made me wish Keren David (the author) didn't put in.
The ending was a bit quick - I wouldn't say it was the best ending for this book. It didn't quite feel like everything tied up together.