The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman
Publish Date: April 14, 2015 by Entangled: Crush
Source/Edition: Copy provided by publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, eBook (Kindle)
Summary provided by Publisher:
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 betrayed, Dakota pours out her heart on a piece of paper, places it in a bottle, and hurls it into the ocean. But it doesn’t quite go where she expects…
Jack Sauvage finds the bottle washed up on the shore and responds to Dakota’s letter. Except what if his straight-laced life doesn’t jive with the free-spirited girl he’s only seen from afar? As Jack creates a persona he believes she’ll love, they slowly fall for each other with each new letter. Now Jack is trying to find a way to make this delicate, on-paper romance happen in real life…without revealing his deception.
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 everything will change: college. Dakota gets accepted into RISD and Jack to Julliard. Both are different in so many ways yet alike their loneliness. It’s all kismet — fate ( I love that this was used in this book).
I try to lose myself in the music. Sometimes when I practice I can do that — delve so deeply into the notes that I forget my own name. It’s a great feeling, surrendering like that, feeling each chord vibrating inside my chest, like I’m not just playing music. I am the music. I’m the moody smokiness of Rachmaninoff and the soft pastels of Chopin.
This book was very reminiscent of so many books. It reminded of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, Isla and the Happily Every After by Stephanie Perkins, and Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park. The characters were very likable and the novel is written in dual points of view. Being able to read both Dakota’s and Jack’s POV helped me understand the characters and the decisions that they made. While both protagonist experience pain in their lives due to death, betrayal, and abandonment, they were still somewhat sheltered. How they behaved and reacted to the situations they faced were pretty realistic, in my opinion. I especially loved Dakota. She’s absolutely unique and quirky. I love how dramatic she can get and I love that she even admits to it. As for Jack, I love how he’s not the typical rich boy. He’s so unsure of himself and is actually embarrassed of his social economic status.
This is my first book from Jody Gehrman and if her other books are like this, it won’t be the last. I really liked Jody’s writing style. I loved the imagery that she wrote. It helped me visualize the settings. It made it easier for me to relate to the characters, to understand their emotions, to empathize with them. I loved the secondary characters, Attila, Joaquin, and Anya. They added comic relief. I loved Attila’s and Joaquin’s friendship with Jack. He really needed them and in a way they helped him break out of his shell. I wish I knew characters like those in real life. The book ended but it left me wanting more! I needed more of Dakota and Jack. Their story isn’t over but this part of their life is but it’s not enough for me. I want more of their conversations, their dates, and their adventures. The Truth About Jack is a surprise wrapped up in a book! It’s light-hearted, funny, warm, yet delves into the heavy topics of death, betrayal, loneliness, guilt, and abandonment.
The Truth About Jack will be published this coming Tuesday, April 14, 2015. You can pre-order a copy of it on Amazon.