Truest

Truest 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 cu

  • Title: Truest
  • Author: Jackie Lea Sommers
  • ISBN: 9780062348258
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Truest

    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 RomanSilas 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 Romantic, fun, tender, and satisfying, it asks as many questions as it answers.

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    1. Sarah

      (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 [...]

    2. Kels

      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 [...]

    3. Laura

      WarningThis 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 [...]

    4. Ronda Sommers

      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 [...]

    5. Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

      4.5 starsOne 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 reall [...]

    6. Elyse

      I Left My Hart in Green Lake, MNI’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-poun [...]

    7. Madison

      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 [...]

    8. 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 faces, w [...]

    9. Sarah (A Weebish Book Blog)

      This review was originally posted on One Curvy BloggerWARNING! 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 ddhfdjvlhdjvThough I have read several books since Truest (and some of them were wonderful [...]

    10. Tanya (Girl Plus Books)

      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 [...]

    11. Lauren ✨ (YABookers)

      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 [...]

    12. nick

      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 [...]

    13. Linda

      4.5 stars Damn, that was powerful. The characters, the pacing, the plot they all intertwined in a subtle and gorgeous way. The usage of religion in this book was not chafing, but rather, very beautiful (coming from an atheist background, I find it hard to appreciate religious content). I definitely disagreed with a few of the actions the characters took, but this novel was so much more than the typical YA novel. I find it hard to believe that this is Ms. Sommer's debut novel- her understanding o [...]

    14. Nicole Hewitt

      This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction AddictionThis 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 [...]

    15. Regan (regansreads)

      I loved it. So bittersweet, and I was way too attached to all of the characters. AND YES TO A MINNESOTA AUTHOR! Review-- 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 fel [...]

    16. Kathy Martin

      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 [...]

    17. Emily Anne

      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. Green [...]

    18. Lindsey Lynn

      4/5 StarsSummary: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 [...]

    19. 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 [...]

    20. 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 sh [...]

    21. Kelli Spear

      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 [...]

    22. Kaleigh

      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 [...]

    23. Kaylee

      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 t [...]

    24. Kellie Lawless

      * I received this book through First Reads in exchange for an honest review*I know Jackie Sommers as an admissions counselor at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul and when I met with her last year, she mentioned that she was having a book published by HarperCollins called Truest. So when I saw that I won this book in the mail, I was very excited. Truest exceeded all of my expectations. Jackie writes with precision, passion, and purpose that is very rare to see in a debut author. Her cha [...]

    25. AshleyBrooks

      Truest is one of those books that will destroy you in the best way possible. 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's a character described as "your own personal Dumbledore."Sure, there's plenty of flirting and young love a [...]

    26. Nadia

      So much potential, but it involves cheating. That irked me to no end. Why was the cheating part necessary? I've been raking my brain for answers but I seriously don't get it.I really liked Silas and West's conversation, but that whole cheating thing was bugging me on the back of my mind. Afterwards the cheating part was over, but still I couldn't get over it that the main protagonist cheated on her best friend turned boyfriend. You don't do that. Just NO. No wonder it took me so long to finish t [...]

    27. Matt

      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 [...]

    28. Danielle

      * I received this book through First Reads in exchange for an honest review*I enjoyed this book very much! I have read a LOT of average or below average books lately so Truest was a welcome change of pace! The story was engrossing and the characters were so likeable. I loved the inclusion of God in the story also. I will definitely be buying any new Jackie Lea Sommers books in the future!

    29. Desiree Anderson

      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!

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