Monday, April 13, 2015

REVIEW: The Truth About Jack

     Hello fellows!

     A couple days ago, I finished The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman. Received by NetGalley, I read the book via the BlueFire Reader app on my iPod before its release date, which is April 14, 2015 (one day from now). A compelling read, I tell you.

Title: The Truth About Jack
Author: Jody Gehrman
Publisher: Entangled
Release Date: April 15, 2015
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.
     A love triangle with only two people. Ladies and gentlemen, I present The Truth About Jack
     On Goodreads, I rated this book a 4-star. It's actually a 4.5-star rating, Goodreads just doesn't have half-star options. It's a romantic, cute and enjoyable read. While reading this book, I experienced an entire roller coaster of emotions. I didn't cry (from despair), however, but from laughing my arse off- yes I did. It's lovable; it's a page-turner. With every chapter promising more, you never wanted to stop reading it! For me, anyways.
     The book is about a young teenage girl, Dakota, suffering from the shock and loss of both her boyfriend and best-friend to a betrayal.  When she receives a confirmation letter of her acceptance to RISD, an art school she's been desiring to attend, the same day she acknowledges the doings of both her boyfriend, Cody, and her best-friend, River, while they're at college. The extreme hurt and anguish causes her to throw a message in a bottle into the ocean, retelling of her miserable love life and current state.
     What she doesn't expect is that she gets a letter back. Alejandro Torres from Barcelona. A wonderful boy who travels the world and is from the very place she wants to visit. Is it fate playing a game on her? Another thing coming her way is a love interest who goes by the name Jack Sauvage. A cute misfit who is mysterious yet quirky. She feels very open to him, as if she already knows him. Whenever they're together, she feels as if it's okay to pour her heart out in front of him without him being judgmental. It's odd, but she feels something. Torn into 2 pieces, Alejandro and Jack both have a relentless effect on her. But will she ever find out that they're the same person? And if so, what will happen?
     The real reason as to why it lost half of a star in my rating, is that it isn't as realistic as it seems to be. Yes, there are boyfriend-bestfriend betrayals; yes, there are love triangles. But it isn't that realistic to give your address away in a letter rolled up inside a bottle and throw it at the ocean. The reasonable thing to do would (maybe) yes throw the message in the bottle, but anyone in their right minds wouldn't just provide valuable information about one's self. Another thing I would like to comment on would be the hardwork Jack is putting in into getting the girl. He's trying to be two different people at the same damn time. I agree, there are guys and girls who are determined enough to do anything for someone they love, but Jack didn't even know her name before he realized he was going to be persistent. It wasn't very reasonable for Jack to go through all that effort for someone he barely talked to.
     Overall, the book was great, a fun short read. I read it via my iPod day through night and it was exciting. Jody Gehrman has a way of illustrating this love story of a girl torn between two personnages but only one person. It's genius, really. Coming out tomorrow folks, catch The Truth About Jack in ebook stores!

*have you guys been noticing my addition of gifs into my blog posts lately???*
      That's all for my post, and remember: you should be a tree; they have awesome afterlives.


  1. Oh man. This book sounds like it's going to drive me nuts. I mean, cheating and a love triangle? Hmmm. I don't know...

    1. Ooh it was a read to drive you nuts for sure. Although it was the message in the bottle that caught my attention. You should definitely add this to your TBR pile!