Publication Date: January 1, 2011
Genre: General Fiction/ Young Adult
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Book Blurb: "My life was close to perfect-until my brother Alex got killed and my mother started drinking and my father starting having sex with Donna, my best friend's stepmother, who's not even thirty years old."
Thirteen-year-old Andi St. James' privileged life in Atlanta is interrupted one fall, to say the least. With an equal mix of joy and sorrow, All That's True follows Andi's poignant-and sometimes laugh-out-loud-journey to young adulthood, where she struggles with the elusive nature of truth and the devastating consequences of deception.
My Thoughts: This book was almost like sitting with the main character, Andi as she struggled with life. Andi starts out so innocent in this book, and while still innocent at the end, the layers are being pulled down as she discovers more and more of what life can bring. She starts out the book two months after her older brother Alex passed away. You watch through her eyes how her parents deal with this; her mother turning to alcohol and here father is having an affair. The book goes on as you learn more about the parents, but everything is through her perspective. Its refreshing to remember how young and innocent a thirteen year old is, but how much they actually understand. This book will also take you back to the early 1990's when in some ways things seemed much simpler. I enjoyed the era that the author wrote this book.
I think this is an excellent book for anyone to read. Its a story and it almost seems real. It isn't some made up crazy story that most of us love. Even though this book is fiction, it feels real. I think this book is also appropriate for a young adult reader.
**This book was provided to me by the publishers in return for my honest review.**