Thursday, 11 August 2016

Review - What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Title: What I Thought Was True
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Pages: 418
Publisher: Electric MonkeyRelease date: 11th March 2016

Blurb from Goodreads: 

Gwen Castle has never so badly wanted to say good-bye to her island home till now: the summer her Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, takes a job there as the local yard boy. 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.

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Egmont Publishing and NetGalley*

Gwen Castle is worried that she'll be stuck on her home island, Seashell, for the rest of her life, just like her parents.
Her thoughts are thrown in another direction when Cassidy Somers, a rich kid that Gwen has a complicated history with, gets a job on the island as a local yard boy.
Can Gwen let the past be the past?
Will she have a drama-free summer?

I've come to expect enjoyable reads from Huntley Fitzpatrick and What I Thought Was True was no exception.
Gwen was a really likeable protagonist. She was relatable and believable - she made mistakes just like the rest of us but she could have done with thinking certain things through a lot more.
I liked a lot of the other characters like Cassidy, Uncle Ben and Viv.
One of my favourite things about Fitzpatrick's books is that they're very family orientated. It's refreshing to see children get on with their parents and grandparents, instead of them having bad relationships which seems to happen a lot in books nowadays.
I enjoyed the writing style which was engaging and easy to follow.
The plot was interesting but nothing that happened surprised me.

Overall this was an enjoyable read.