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The Truth About Jack (The Passionflower Chronicles, #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  288 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Can the write guy be the right guy?

Dakota McCloud has just been accepted into a prestigious art school. Soon she’ll leave behind the artists’ colony where she grew up―hippie dad, tofu since birth, yurt―and join her boyfriend and best friend on the East Coast. It was the plan…until Dakota finds out her boyfriend and best friend hooked up behind her back.

Hurt and viciously b
ebook, 242 pages
Published April 15th 2015 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (first published April 4th 2014)
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Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
3,75 stars to be very precise.

Let me tell you the truth about Jack. He is an insecure kid who falls in obsession at first sight. Not in love, obsession (at least that's what seemed to me).
He sees Dakota and all of the sudden he has to be near her, he knows she would be the right for him so he starts showing up in the bakery he thinks she would be in. He follows her around and he gives me chills while reading about those scenes.
In the real life, i don't think any girl would be happy to cross her
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4.25 stars for this unique teen romance. On the same day Dakota finds out she's been accepted in to her top choice art school, she gets an email from her best friend admitting that she hooked up with Dakota's boyfriend. Devastated by this betrayal, Dakota goes to the beach where she finds an empty bottle. On a whim, she decides to write a message in the bottle and throw it into the surf. Jack is a talented 18 year old pianist but he's also incredibly insecure. His mom has him living in a bubble ...more
Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Dakota McCloud is on cloud nine when she gets her acceptance to Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). It's the art school she's always wanted to go to, plus she'll be able to reunite with her boyfriend next year. But before she can share the good news, her best friend emails her to let her know that she's hooked up with said boyfriend. To deal with the extreme emotions of the day, Dakota writes it all in a letter which she stuffs into a bottle and throws into the ocean. A bottle Jack Sauvage pic ...more
Mar 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really cute story overall.

We have Dakota, a free spirited girl full of dreams, who gets her heart broken by her best friend and boyfriend. I have to say, that was really crappy of them. Not just what they did, but also how they handled things, both of them view things very differently, and it gave the idea that one of them was lying. Because her life was so entwined with the both of them, Dakota starts rethinking her idea of going to college right away, and starts to consider that maybe a gap ye
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of the Truth About Jack in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Entangled Publishing. this review is also on my blog:

Dakota lives in an artists’ colony in California. She has her own yurt, works in an herbalist’s shop, drinks a bunch of chai and isdesperate to get into the Rhode Island School of Design so that she can join her boyfriend, Cody, and her best friend, River, and start her professional life as an artist. When her acceptance comes

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Dakota was left behind by her boyfriend and best friend when they headed off to college. When she receives the news that she has also been accepted, she thinks that her life is right on track. Little does she know that she's going to be thrown a curve ball and her life will seemingly be in shambles. Until she meets Jack, that is.

When I picked The Truth About Jack up, I was pretty sure I knew what I was getting into ... a feel-good lighthearted roma
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Truth About Jack is one of those books that bring on the warm and fuzzies in spades ;)

Initially, it is easy to think of Dakota and Jack as completely opposite due to their upbringing. Jack is from a privileged but over-protective background while Dakota has grown-up free-spirited in the middle of an artist colony (could be translated as hippy colony, lol) However, as the story progresses it soon becomes blatantly apparent that Jack and Dakota are kindred spirits, this knowledge is aided by
*eARC kindly provided by Entangled via NetGalley*

I wanted to read this book because the synopsis reminded me of Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks, which is funnily enough the only novel of his I've actually ever finished and loved. And this book was cute enough, fluffy bordering on cheesy (way too much at times). The romance was sweet, though it felt pretty forced in the beginning. The start of their relationship felt a little unbelievable to me, and I wish the whole message-in-a-bottle par
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
(Copy sent to me by Entangled Crush - my thoughts are completely my own)

3.75 out of 5 stars

The Truth About Jack follows Dakota McCloud and her message in a bottle. After finding out that her best friend and boyfriend have hooked up in the East Coast while she's finishing high school in California, she pours out her feelings in a letter and throws in into the ocean. She expected to never get a response, but her message gets swept back in the next tide right into the hands of Jack Sauvage. Jack'
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Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Each book that entangled teen has done in the entangled crush series that I have read has been fantastic and this is no exception. The characters Dakota and Jack are so relatable and fun.

Jack needs Dakota to help him come out of his shell and Dakota finds some on to help her feel safe and secure. But more than that Dakota has a kindred spirit. They understand one another in a deep and fundamental way. Each a artist in their own right one a musician and the other a sculpturist. Each home schooled
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

The Truth About Jackis super duper cute! Dakota has just been accepted into her dream school on the same day that her BFF e-mails her to let her know that she's seeing her boyfriend. Dakota's joy is immediately transformed into devastation, and she's feeling alone, so she decides to write a message in a bottle. Instead of being swept away to a far off land, Jack picks it up when it washes back. Now, he's got to meet the girl who's written these words that reso
Paula  Phillips
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it
All Dakota has wanted was to get into the Rhode Island Art School and join her friend who is at Brown and her boyfriend whom is currently at Rhodes , but what will happen when the day she gets her acceptance letter - she also gets an email from her best friend to say that she and Dakota's boyfriend are now dating . Dakota is really hurt and feels betrayed, considering that her boyfriend didn't even have the decency to break up with her first or give her the heads up. During this time , Dakota th ...more
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
**Actual Rating 3.5**

I want to say thanks to YA Bound Book tours and the author for providing this book for me to read. I really wanted to read this book. I really had high hopes don't get me wrong 3.5 stars is still a pretty high rating but it wasn't as good ad I hoped. Though you should read this book because it was super cute and very nice concept. Some people could have related which makes this story even better.

To me the book was very slow and didn't have as much drama as I was hoping. I re
My Thoughts:

The Truth About Jack was a very sweet and cute little love story. I think this book would be perfect for young teens. There is absolutely no explicit content whatsoever. This story deals with the heartache and growing pains that we all go through as we grow up, such as when some parents go their separate ways and stop being a part of their child's life, heartbreak from first love, finding who you are as a person, and gaining the confidence to make your own decisions.

In, The Truth Abo
Anjie Basi
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2015, author-req
Copy provided by publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

First, let me say how much I love the cover! It’s so cute. It matches the story exactly. The story of Dakota and Jack is just so adorable. This story isn’t for everyone but it’s very interesting and at many points in the plot, very relatable. It’s a great coming of age novel. It’s an easy read and you’ll fly through the chapters. We’re introduced to our main characters and they’re at the time of their lives where everyt
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rating:4 stars

Review:I've read Jody Gehrman's books before and I had loved Babe in Boyland.So naturally I jumped at the chance to review her new book The Truth About Jack, which had such an interesting premise.

I really liked this book.It had the perfect mix of cuteness,romance and real life.The book starts with the protagonist Dakota, who lives in a hippy artists' colony, discovering that she has been accepted into RISD.She is very ecstatic, but soon she reads an email sent by her BFF that she a
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sometimes I like a light, sweet read. I want a book that I just know will make my heart sing, and The Truth About Jack more than promised me that! Just look at the cover, and it’s published by Entangled’s new CRUSH line, which told me ALL I needed to know, so I couldn’t wait to give it a read!

The Truth About Jack was such a delightful little read. I’ve never read any of Jody’s books before, though I’ve long wanted to read Babe In Boyland, and after reading The Truth About Jack, I’ll certainly be
Quinn's Book Nook
Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Will I ever be able to resist summer contemporary YA books? I'm pretty sure the answer will always be no. The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman certainly wasn’t a book I could resist, and it was a very enjoyable, if not memorable, read.

When Dakota learns that her boyfriend and best friend (who are both away at colleges near each other) hooked up, she is really devastated. She ends up writing her feelings in a letter, and tossing it out to sea in a bottle. That same day, before the message in a bo
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, net-galley
I was contacted by the publisher and sent this through Net Galley from Entangled Publishing. This does not affect my opinions on the book.
This story is set on the cutest beach, Luna Cove in Sebastopol, California. This is the artist part of Sebastopol where Dakota McCloud spent/spends her life.

Dakota has just gotten her heart broken when she finds out that her best friend, River has hooked up with her boyfriend, Cody at college; Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Dakota’s anger results int
Shannon (aka The Tale Temptress)
This is more like a 3.5 star review.

My favorite thing about this book... Jack. Obviously, the book is named after him for a reason. He was, to me, the highlight of the story.

Characterization for both Dakota and Jack was very well done. I liked Dakota very much, even though I couldn't really sympathize with her upbringing and setting, However, who hasn't had their heart broken at least once in their life, and on this point, I could definitely feel for her. She wasn't a pathetic character, though
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There's beauty out there and we're going to find it".

When Jack first saw the mysterious and intriguing girl in the coffee shop, he didn't know how hard it would be to gather the courage to reach out to her. Finding her on a beach and later discovering her message in a bottle gives him the opening he needs.

As Jack romances Dakota through charmingly-penned letters as Alejandro from Barcelona Spain, he simultaneously struggles through, at first, awkward and stilling attempts at a face-to-face fr
Sierra the Nerdgirl
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Truth about Jack was the first great contemporary read of the year that I really enjoyed. The plot, writing, and the characters just really bring together the story.

First off the plot. I went into this book expecting a cute contemporary. I definitely got that. Jack is a boy who finds a message in a bottle from the main girl Dakota who is going through a tough time. Jack decides to lie about who he truly is to get to know Dakota. Both Jack and Dakota are characters I came to love, Jack espec
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Message in a bottle gets picked up by the guy who has been following a heartbroken girl around. He pretends to be everything his research tells him she wants in order to get close to her. So, I didn't care for this book. The characters were too immature for me to take their problems seriously, and they were so far out in left field that I couldn't relate to either of them - one of them lives in a yu ...more
Melissa ♥ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman may be the cutest book I’ve read in a long long time! I literally caught myself stopping and reacting out loud multiple times while reading this one. Saying things like.. “Oh my gosh”… “Aawww” ..etc throughout.

Dakota and Jack were both great characters. I liked them both…even Jack despite his deceit because I knew it was coming from a good place. He was a little bit of a stalker but seeing things from his viewpoint was a comfort and never left the reader fear
I love the idea of this book.

Dakota and Jack are interesting enough. There are scenes where they're talking together about their art and the passion about the subject comes out. Those scenes and the last chapter were great. The rest of the time, both of their inner monologues came across as so juvenile. If I didn't know they were going to college, I would have expected them to be much younger.

There are a few secondary characters, but no one really stood out. The best friend and boyfriend seemed
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I gave The Truth About Jack a 4 STAR rating. I loved this book! The world and characters were descirbed beautifully. I loved how the romance between Dakota and Jack built up and then seemingly fell apart to be built back up again. There are some really funny supporting characters and a lot of drama when Dakota's ex-boyfriend and best friend return home. I really wish that there were going to be a sequel or companion book to The
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just the perfect book for what I needed right now (post breaking up with the Divergent series). Light, but serious elements sprinkled throughout. Quite possibly one of those few times I liked the male narrator, Jack, more than the female one, Dakota. (But I liked her too; Jack is just SO charming and shy and kind.) sigh. ☺ ...more
Jaime Arkin
Mar 29, 2015 marked it as dnf
I'm going to get better about DNF'ing things and this seems to be my first victim. I just could not have cared less about these characters or what was going on in this story. Cute premise but just didn't work for me.
Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it
The truth about Jack is that he needs to get out more o.o
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A really great story!
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Jody Gehrman is a native of Northern California, where she can be found writing, teaching, reading, or obsessing over her three cats most days. She is also the author of eleven novels and numerous award-winning plays. Her debut suspense novel, Watch Me, was published by St. Martin's Press. Her other adult novels are Bombshell, Notes from the Backseat, Tart, and Summer in the Land of Skin. Her Youn ...more