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Silas Hart has seriously shaken up Westlin Beck's small-town life. Brand new to town, Silas is different than the guys in Green Lake. He's curious, poetic, philosophical, maddening-- and really, really cute. But Silas has a sister-- and she has a secret. And West has a boyfriend. And life in Green Lake is about to change forever.

Truest is a stunning, addictive debut. Roman
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by HarperCollins
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“That,” he whispered, “is how you should be kissed.”

This was a YA contemporary romance, which involved cheating.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of West, even if I liked her name. Whilst she might not have been aware that she was openly flirting with Silas, the way she spent so much time with him, and hugged him, and thought about him kissing her was a breach of trust, and no ma
Jackie Sommers
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I thought it was pretty good. :-)
I feel like every book that I decide to DNF I need to preface with saying this isn't a bad book, because mostly they aren't, and I step forward and admit that even though I feel like I'm pretty eclectic in my taste of books, my preferences tend to narrow when it comes to writing style. So here's my declaration: THIS ISN'T A BAD BOOK, but it's also not a book for me.

Short story is: I didn't like the writing style. It's just so PLAIN. And plain isn't always a bad thing, but most times it makes fo
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Warning...This is going to be more of a rant than a review.

Let me start with one quick point before I start my ranting ways. I’m all for jumping into a story with both feet, but this book felt like a few chapters were lopped off the top. I could have used a bit more set up and character introduction. It felt like I was playing catch up at page one. Wait, whoa—who is this now?

Truest focuses on Westlin Beck (aka West), a pastor’s daughter in a small Minnesota town. West has had her best friend an
Ronda Sommers
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am the authors,Jackie's mom. That being said I will give an honest review. This IS the best book I've ever read ! Seriously, I started reading and could not put it down. I liked that Wes and Silas were not the perfect people but had flaws like real people. Their conversations made me really feel like I was getting to know them. Best of all this book makes you think about more important things in life, that even in the darkest times there is hope! You need to read this book. I WANT a sequel alr ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
4.5 stars

One thing that’s been true about me as a reader for a few years now is that I’m willing to try a lot of different sorts of books. There are some things that straight up don’t sound like Christina books that I’ll avoid, but I try bunches that I’m skeptical about. Often, this results in a DNF or a middling rating, but I’m glad I do step outside the books that are obviously me books because I would miss out on books like Truest. I don’t think Truest was even on my radar really, but it arri
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I initially picked this book up because of the cover. That gorgeous, beautiful cover that only gets more beautiful and more meaningful with every page I read. This is an outstanding debut, charming, funny, unbelievably moving and a deep sort of soul searching.

Westlin's summer isn't going as planned. Her boyfriend is working, her best friend is away at camp and her pastor father has roped her into letting the moody new boy in town, Silas Hart, be her business partner. But what starts as a forced
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Left My Hart in Green Lake, MN

I’m picky about what I read, and I’ve even pickier about what I review, since both require an investment of time.

Truest, the debut novel from Jackie Lea Sommers, is well worth that investment.

Truest is told from the perspective of Westlin Beck, a small-town pastor’s daughter, who thinks she knows who she is—until Silas Hart and his mysterious twin sister Laurel arrive. This is not a standard “summer romance” plot (though there is plenty of heart-pounding romance
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
I was given an ARC by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

What drew me in to Truest was first and foremost it's pretty cover. But immediately after that, I read the synopsis and fell in love with it. There was just something about the vagueness of the synopsis that felt like it was begging to be read. Although the mystery in the synopsis was not mysterious at all in the story itself, I found myself loving this book.

"I don't have the luxury of seeing people's

This review was originally posted on One Curvy Blogger

WARNING! This review is physically killing me to write, so if its terrible and completely random, I apologize. Even weeks later, these feelings are spilling out of me and I can’t seem to put them into words to form a cohesive sentence. Just know that I freaking loved Truest even if my review is a jumbled mess. Got it?

This freaking book. I just can’t ddhfdjvlhdjv

Though I have read several books since Truest (and some of them were wonderful
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 STARS? (Maybe? I'm honestly not sure.)

When I finish a book I know how I feel about it. I know that I like it or I love it or it wasn't for me or I had issues with it. Truest is a rare breed in that it has me stumped. I didn't love it but I didn't dislike it, either. There were moments that were overwhelmingly emotional and times that I had to force myself not to start skimming. I can't remember the last time I read a book that had me so conflicted.

In the summer before her senior year, Westli
Lauren ✨ (TheBookishTwins)
I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

Truest follows West through her summer where she's been abandoned by her friend who has gone off to summer camp and her boyfriend who is working all summer to save up for a car. In desperate need of a partner for her car detailing summer job, West reluctantly agrees to let Silas help, splitting the earnings 50/50. As West begins to warm to Silas she learns his sisters secret. And Silas has a girlfriend, and she has a boyfriend.

There were
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Truest is one of those books that I don't really have much to say about. It's a decent read and while reading it, I had an good time, but it was rather unmemorable. I can guarantee that a week from now, I'm going to forget everything about it. West, the protagonist, was a hard character to enjoy at first. She's in a relationship with a very sweet boy named Elliott, but she goes ahead and flirts a lot with the new boy in town, Silas. She and Silas were definitely a better pair because they had so
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reread 9/15/18:
3.5 stars

A little less poignant and memorable than the first time around. I also found the MC, West, to hold some problematic viewpoints which were revealed towards the end. Similarly, I found it kind of odd that as the pastor's daughter, West didn't seem to have a very meaningful connection to her religion (or even soul-searching process). It seemed like faith was much more important to Silas than to her at any singular moment in the novel. This made the book feel like he playe
Nicole M. Hewitt
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

This book! Even though I just finished it last night, I couldn't wait to come write my review. Usually I hold off on declaring books all-time favorites, but I think I'm going to break that rule too. There was just so much about Truest to love! On the surface, there's not a lot going on - this is definitely a character-driven book rather than a plot-driven book. But, man, did I love these characters!

When Silas comes to
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
This review was originally posted on It Starts at Midnight

Ah, Truest, how I adored thee. Ah, West, how I relate to thee. See, West is a bit lost in life. Things are okay, not great but not horrible either. She has a boyfriend who's nice enough, her own part-time car detailing gig, and a best friend who just went away to be a camp counselor. She lives with her family- her pastor dad, her kind of push-over mom, and her two siblings (who are adorable, by the by)- in a small Minnesota town, and she
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, ya
I loved it. So bittersweet, and I was way too attached to all of the characters. AND YES TO A MINNESOTA AUTHOR!


Jackie Lea Sommers’ debut novel, a contemporary romance set against the familiar backdrop of small-town Central Minnesota, swept me off my feet. Not only did I read the book with growing admiration for Sommers’ ability to create such a vibrant story, but I was astonished by how close I grew to her characters. Just halfway through the book, two hundred pages in or so, I felt li
Donna B
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All the feels..i want to smile and cry at the same time.
A story of love and loss.
Tragedy and hope.
Heartwarming and heartbreaking. The perfect cocktail.

Silas and West. 2 lonely people looking for refuge from their troubled lives.
Both searching for understanding of their paths of life.

I stayed up all night to read this because I could not put down! Please forgive the rambling as I’m extremely sleep deprived and emotional...
Okay...Silas OMG I fell in love with Silas instantly.
He i
Kathy Martin
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The summer before her senior year brings big changes to Westlin Beck. Her best friend Trudy is off being a camp counselor and her boyfriend Elliot is working full time on the family farm to save up enough money for a car. West is feeling kind of lost and at loose ends.

She tags along when her minister father brings communion to the new family in town. She takes one look at Silas and things start to change. First, her father invites him to join with West in her car detailing business. Then they s
Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
4/5 Stars

This book follows West during her summer vacation right before her senior year of high school. Her best friend Trudy is off at an Adventure camp all summer and her boyfriend Elliot has a summer job and football practice that leaves West with nothing but time on her hands. Her father is the small towns Pastor and is constantly running off to help others. Unfortunately that means leaving West and the family to fend for themselves. West ends up befriending this wonderful new family
Emily Anne
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow! I loved this book so much. This novel made my top books of 2015 and I can't wait for more from Jackie Lea Sommers... Full review to come!

Full Review 12/22/15:

Wow, it is going to be hard to do Truest justice in this review! When a friend on twitter sent this to me, I was excited but had no real expectations. I knew I loved the cover, but had not heard a lot of buzz about the novel. However, Truest definitely made my top books of 2015!!!

Firstly, this charming debut has such a cute setting. Gr
Melissa Carpenter
Beautifully written and intriguing! Westlin's story was one I couldn't put down and didn't want to end. And, Silas Hart just might be the most enigmatic and enchanting book boy since Augustus Waters.

I also have to say, without ruining any surprises or anything, that I have so much respect for how Jackie Lea Sommers handled faith and religion in this book. She treated it with care, as it should be, and realistically without any kind of mocking in her tone. I love how the characters search and qu
Kelli Spear
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever started reading a book late at night, in bed, with no expectations of how good or bad it will be? You're tired and just know you'll fall asleep within minutes, but then you get sucked into the story, and the next thing you know, you're at the end of the book, it's 5AM, and you're astonished by the brilliance you just consumed?

Truest just did this to me.

Last month I was at a YA convention, and Ms. Sommers was one of the authors in attendance. I had never heard of her or the book, bu
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t often read a book in day. I’m a slow reader by nature, so when I do devour a book in twenty-four hours, you can guarantee that I found the story absolutely magical. These addictive books pull me in and make me forget about reality. For their pages are filled with characters I can’t let go of and worlds I continue dreaming about for days, weeks, years (cough…Harry Potter). Truest was one of these books.

In fact, I was on a weekend writing retreat when I started to read Truest. And instead
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-book-person
I saw this book on a fellow bloggers’ list of books to be released. The cover art intrigued me, so I did some Googling and found the author's website. I loved her blog. After reading her blog posts I knew I would enjoy her debut novel. So when I had a chance to read the novel before the release day, I said yes. 

It was wonderful.

It made me think.

I preordered extra copies to give as gifts. 

l told all my friends. 

I told my library they had to order copies. 

And now I am telling you. You have to read
Ashley  Brooks
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Deep thinkers, lovers of YA, anyone who wants a summer read that's more than fluff
Truest is one of those books that will destroy you in the best way possible.

**Just finished my annual summer reread of Truest, and it still holds up as one of my all-time favorites.**

Get ready to spend the summer in Green Lake, Minnesota, with Westlin Beck and the new guy in town, Silas Hart. If that sounds like a recipe for summer romance, you'd be right. But Truest is so much more than that.

There's Silas's mysterious twin sister, Laurel. There's West's pretty amazing boyfriend, Elliot. There'
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was instantly caught up in this story! Sommers does an awesome job of developing fascinating characters, and puts them into highly entertaining circumstances. The characters feel full and real, and even the side characters were well-developed.

Themes of love and truth were tackled head-on in this story, while also causing the reader to think through both faith and philosophy.

"Truest," while having emotional depth, was also extremely funny. There were times when I was laughing out loud, and ther
Desiree Anderson
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Truest was wonderful and beautiful and special and fun and made me think about some of the basics of my faith. A great read no matter who you are!
Laura's Book Addiction
"His first day felt about a million years long: every class period was like a Band-Aid, and every passing time was akin to ripping it off as I scanned every crowd for a familiar, ridiculously tall boy. I wondered if I would ever be able to act like a normal person around him again. My heart was branded with his initials."

I honestly think Truest is my biggest book surprise of 2017, I really didn't know what to expect when I started this book but it felt a little life affirming. I dare anyone to
T.H. Hernandez
This is one of my favorite young adult stories of the year. This unique, captivating tale of teens searching for who they are and where they fit into the greater world around them has something nearly everyone can identify with. Westlin Beck is a small-town preacher's daughter who doesn't know what she wants to do with her life. The summer before senior year, her best friend is off working at a summer camp and her long-term boyfriend, Elliot, is working his tail off at the farm to earn enough mo ...more
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