Tell Us Something True

Tell Us Something True

Book - 2016
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"After River Dean's girlfriend breaks up with him, he stumbles upon a teen group and unintentionally fakes an addiction"--
Publisher: New York : Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385742597
Branch Call Number: YA REINHAR
Characteristics: 202 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 25, 2018

This book's synopsis was so cool. A kid in LA who can't drive who pretends to be an addict? Now that's a story! However, it wasn't told very well. It really shouldn't have been a full-length novel. I'll say that much. This could have been perfect as a short story. I think it also could have been a really cool indie movie starring Ross Lynch and Amandla Stenberg (and yes, I know Amandla isn't Mexican, but this is Hollywood we're talking about).

This book was full of filler and was also lacking in plot. The entirety of the plot pretty much happened in like the first three chapters, actually. There were also so many things that just weren't filled out at all. The "itainteasybeinoffgreen" blog should have either been mentioned once briefly, explained in depth, or (preferably) not at all. It just felt like it was dashed in for no reason. Not to mention the bit about his dad. It just wasn't fleshed out at all, there should have been more of an exploration of it. Also, River's friends were such non-characters. Tell me a single fact about Luke or Will, please!

The reason why I'm not just giving this book a grumpy two stars (I gave it three) is that I kept wanting to read it. I wasn't on the edge of my seat, trying to see if he would come clean or get a drivers license, I just really liked reading it. The writing was nice and simple, but not in a bad way. It moved forward nicely and I wasn't ever confused. All in all: would not read again, would see a movie of it and might take a stab at a different Dana Reinhardt book.

ArapahoeKati Oct 04, 2016

Short, sweet, and had some funny moments. Not one of the best YA novels, but it held my attention.


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Jan 15, 2017

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