Book Blog--WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Katherine Longshore Reply Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Gwen Castle's Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.

I love great summer romances.  You know, the ones that remind you of THAT summer--whatever that summer happened to be?  Huntley Fitzpatrick writes these kinds of books.  

But what I really loved about WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE were the characters.  Each person--from the narrator, Gwen Castle, to her grandfather to her summer employer to the swim team coach (who only showed up in two or three scenes) are so well-drawn, they seem to breathe on their own.  Gwen knows them--and has done all her life--so we do, too.  It makes me want to travel to the east coast and meet them in person.

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