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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 ...more
Hardcover, 422 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Dial Books for Young Readers
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Actual rating: 3.5
Just sex. Am I never going to be anything more than somebody’s strategy, a destination marked off on a road map and then passed through for someplace better?
This book came as a surprise. I expected a light summer read, and I got a whole lot more than that. This is not a fluffy book. It's quite a bit darker and more serious than my anticipated YA Contemporary brain candy (because sometimes I just don't want to think). I have to admit it was rough going at times, because this
mara • (chaotic reader)
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 more.
And all I want to do is leave it behind.

This is a story of anger.
Screw them before they screw you.

There'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.
Wendy Darling
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
Jan 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Since my first language is Portuguese, reading the book I kept trying to understand why Gwen called her grandmother "vovó" 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.

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.
Jacob Proffitt
Apr 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
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 ...more
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Although Fitzpatrick’s sophomore 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 sophomore piece is a surprise, to say the least. But What I Thought Was True battles the crashi
Rashika (is tired)
Buddy read with Jasprit

It would have been a good four except that... (you may proceed to read my rant under the spoiler tags)
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Liza Wiemer
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
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
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
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!
Kate (GirlReading)
Although I didn't enjoy this as much as My Life Next Door (which I LOVED), this was still a cute and enjoyable read! I just want all the cute, summer contemporaries from Huntley Fitzpatrick please! ...more
Jaime Arkin
What I Thought Was True is my second Huntley Fitzpatrick book, and to say I had high hopes for this book would be an understatement. I mean, you all know my love and adoration for My Life Next Door right? Let me just get this out of the way… You need to go into this book as you should each and every book… not letting previous books by the author influence your expectations of the characters and events that are about to happen. ( I mean, unless it’s a series LOL)

What I Thought Was True was an ama
May 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
It is the rare book that only earns one star from me. I don't like giving only one star as I know that someone worked hard to write whatever I've read. Only this doesn't feel like it was worked at much at all. It feels sloppy and poorly constructed and just basically clichéd and a waste of time and paper. Sorry to say that, but it is my honest opinion.
First, let us discuss continuity. I've said this before in other reviews, but an author has to proof-read, not just for spelling and grammar, but
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Kindle copy bought from Amazon

Summary (from Goodreads):

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
Katrina Passick Lumsden

I'm actually kind of upset. I wanted to like this. But Gwen? Oh, my god, what a bitch. Running around with a chip on her shoulder about being poor, being completely unfair to people who don't deserve her shit, giving her cousin a pass for being a total douchebag....

I couldn't like her. I couldn't like her cousin. And I couldn't like Cassidy for actually liking her.
Tanja (Tanychy)
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

When I first read My Life Next Door I couldn't describe how much I enjoyed it. It was all I asked for, sweet, innocent and extremely emotional. Honestly, April couldn't be here soon enough to finally grab this one and enter Fitzpatrick's world once again. I wish I could say everything turned out great this time around but that's not the case. So I'll just split my review into things I liked and those that I did not.

- I'll start from the setting here. I
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-contemporary
I will say I was a HUGE FAN of her first book, My Life Next door so I could not wait for this book to come out! I was expecting big things for this book since I enjoyed the author's first one and I am happy to say it did not let me down!
Now I am a big fan of contemporary books, I can read them very quickly. I read this book in two days, which is no surprise there.
Huntley Fitzpatrick has a way with making me fall in love with each and every character she writes. I loved Gwen from the get go. She
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Awh. I liked this. A lot.
Jay G
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
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2.5/5 Stars

Gwen Castle lives on the island, but she's always dreamed of leaving. This summer, she gets job caring for an old lady on the island after she fell earlier that year. When Cassidy Summers, a rich boy Gwen has a past with, gets the yard boy job on the island, Gwen decides she must avoid him. But as the summer continues, they grow increasingly closer.

I felt that this book jus
Jul 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
I made the mistake in judging a book by its cover but for all the wrong reasons. I really loved how beautiful the cover is, I am a hopeless romantic buried deep in my masculinity. However, this book was a bore, it was just too cheesy for me to take it seriously. I could not get pass how rudimentary the writing was. I don't think that I was the target audience of this book, it was not my cup of tea or any other beverage.

"What I thought was true", was that this book was actually going to be good.
Two years ago one of the biggest young adult contemporary surprises for me was Huntley Fitzpatrick's debut novel, My Life Next Door. I was so amazed with this story that I tried to make all my friends read it, I raved and raved and raved about it. No one should be surprised that her new novel, What I Thought Was True, was on the top of my 2014 wishlist. Unfortunately, tale about Gwen and Cass was nowhere near awesomeness of Samantha and Jase.

Last week you could read Tanja's review for this bo
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, stand-alones
I really enjoyed the romance and the setting of this book, it was so cute to see the two come together, after a rocky past. The downside was the pacing. The romance plot was slow to begin with, and was resolved by 75% through, which left a quarter of the book to pull the loose ends together for the subplots that I didn't care about as much as Cass and Gwen's relationship. A lot was going on, and I felt the book could have been at least fifty pages shorter, but I was absolutely LOVING the first 3 ...more

4.5 stars

Originally posted at Writer of Wrongs

This boooooooooooook. I closed this book with a happy sigh and an aching tightness in my chest, equal parts enchanted and sad. What I Thought Was True was just what I was expecting from the author of My Life Next Door, a book I love to pieces. This book, set in the same town and world as MLND, captures the bittersweetness of summer. How it bridges the end of something with the beginning of something else, how it seems to symbolizes your past and your
 Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)

What I Thought Was True was one of my
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What I Thought Was True is an utterly charming young adult romance about what has happened and what's to come.  It's a story about juggling the feelings of first love.  I was captivated from the first page until the last by the characters, the writing, and quiet love story.  The scenes in were so vividly described.  From the crackling of the seashells to the smell of salt in the air, I was transported to a plac
Super sweet chick-lit. My biggest issue is that I hate the miscommunication trope, so it annoyed me that it was so prevalent in this book, but the story itself was adorable.
Shannon (kitchandpages)
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

When it comes to books you want to read in summer, Huntley Fitzpatrick is right up there with Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han. I read Huntley's first novel, My Life Next Door, last year and look forward to it's upcoming companion book, Boy Most Likely To, out in August 2015. What I Thought Was True has been sitting on my shelf for over a year, since it was released last spring, and I finally decided to pick it up with my book club this past week.

What I Thought was true takes p
Melannie :)
Nov 27, 2012 marked it as to-read
Summary left me kind of confused but I will read it (of course) because Huntley's debut book was sooooo excellent this one can't be anything but :) ...more
Book lover
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-must-read
I truly loved this book! Huntley Fitzpatrick is the only contemporary author I've read so far that in my opinion write that genre well. Very well. ...more
Danielle (Love at First Page)
4.5-5 stars

It seems like it's been forever since I first finished My Life Next Door and immediately wished for another Huntley Fitzpatrick book to follow. If I could, I'd read a never-ending pile of summer romances written by her and be totally satisfied. Suffice it to say, the wait for her sophomore novel hasn't been easy, but thankfully I always had Jase to keep me company in the interim. (And good company he is; I think I have all of his swoony scenes memorized by now.) Expectations for What
Dilushani Jayalath
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
First thought about the book, it's pretty long. Like really long for my taste.

Second thought, is it really by the same author who wrote My Life Next Door? I mean I loved that one but this? Meh.

What can I say? I am the among the very few who really didn't like this book. Everything about it didn't attract me. From the first chapter itself I was just not impressed. I keep on reading hoping I would like it (The reviews were pretty good so I was really looking forward for this one. I was super excit
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Huntley Fitzpatrick grew up dreamy and distracted in coastal Connecticut. She flourished in a family of bookworms where everyone always had their nose in a book. She kept an exhaustively thorough journal which frightened her boyfriends but has proved very useful in her career as a writer. Her debut contemporary Romance, MY LIFE NEXT DOOR, was published in June of 2012 by Penguin-Dial for Young Rea ...more

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