Everything I Knew to be True
How do you accept love when everything around you is falling apart?
It was never easy for Cassie and her mother, struggling to make ends meet in their tiny apartment in the Bronx, but they had each other and that was enough. When her mother dies suddenly from cancer, Cassie is forced to finish high school in California with a wealthy friend of her mother's.
I really do love the book's concept. When I first read the synopsis, I was so excited because it seems to include so many of my personal favorite tropes (hate-love, starting a new life, etc). But I am quite disappointed with the results because there were several things in the book that ruined the reading experience for me. However, I would not give it a 1/5 because despite me not enjoying the book, since the writing was still acceptable and I apprecia ...more
York puts a quirky spin on the familiar story of a teenager’s struggles to fit in and the feelings ...more
Her new guardians are very supportive, and she is als ...more
"No one at school will say anything against him—fear of retribution and all. No one wants to be on the wrong side of popular."
Cassie’s life changed in an instant from losing her mother to cancer, to moving across the country living with strangers and completing her last year of high school at a new school. But that isn’t all, a boy she trusts attacks her ...more
After losing her mother, Cassie is forced to leave the only life she's ever known and travel across the country to live with her mother's close friend, a women Cassie only recently met. It doesn't take long for Cassie to realize she didn't really know her mom like she thought ...more
Wow, for a first novel this is a terrific book!! It had me sucked in right away and I couldn't put it down. The pages just flew by in no time at all. It hit on some very real, very difficult situations without being too detailed or grotesque. And it also taught quite a lesson about these situations and how to handle them. It says it's a YA book, but really I think anyone YA and above will enjoy it. I'm 40 and highly enjoyed it. This book left me wanting so much more too!! I wou ...more
Both characters and setting are clearly established, with the two leads being three-dimensional, and realistic - they're good people, but capable of messing up.
After the death of her mother, Cassie leaves the Bronx to move in with her mother’s friend in Southern California and starts learning the truth about her parents When Cassie experiences a crisis, she finds out who her friends are and what she must do to find her strength.
There are story issues I would love to have seen tightened (Cassie’s motivation isn’t ever very clear, and parts of the storyline, at times, feels extraneous because of that missing drive ...more
We are thrown into a tragic situation when the main character's mother passes causing her to move with a strange, family friend. But when her mother's secret past comes to light, everything she thought she knew is thrown into the air.
I think this is a great story that encompasses grief, discovery, and a bit of romance. The writing is engaging and will tug at your emotions throughout the book.
I gave this one 3 out o ...more
I had so much sympathy for this young girl who is faced with more upheaval than anyone can take gracefully and then even more is piled on when Cassie learns about secrets in her mom's past that affect her ...more
Between the death of Cassie’s mother, moving to a new city with people she didn’t know, the difficulties of going to a new school and the topic of teen sexual abuse, Rayna York was able to keep the story a perfect mix of light-heartedness and intensity.
I was quickly entranced by the book with Rayna York’s skill of describing the characters in a way that was ...more