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What I Thought Was True

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sentimental romance perfect for teen summer beach reading.

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WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE is pretty perfect summer reading. There's both funny banter between likable Gwen and Cass, and some sigh-worthy romantic moments, such as when they get stuck together in a boathouse during a thunderstorm. Some of the writing can be overly sentimental (Gwen's cousin collects skipping stones for his serious girlfriend, a reminder of their first kiss, which he got by asking her for one kiss for each time stone skipped on the water). But readers who like being swept away by poetic writing and sweet scenes will enjoy swooning through the pages here.

The author also pushes readers to think about class, and what kind of opportunities and expectations exist on each side of the causeway that separates Gwen's Seashell Island and Cass' Stony Bay. She also manages to avoid stereotyping rich kids as soul-less and poor kids as pure. Instead, characters on each side are realistically flawed and, for the most part, relatable.

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