The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman
Release Date: 04/14/15
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Jody Gehrman is a native of Northern California, where she can be found writing, teaching, reading, or obsessing over her three cats most days. She is also the author of ten novels and numerous award-winning plays. Her Young Adult novels include The Truth About Jack, Audrey’s Guide to Black Magic, Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft, Babe in Boyland, Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, and Triple Shot Bettys in Love. Babe in Boyland was optioned by the Disney Channel and won the International Reading Association’s Teen Choice Award. Her adult novels are Bombshell, Notes from the Backseat, Tart, and Summer in the Land of Skin. Her plays have been produced in Ashland, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and L.A. She and her partner David Wolf won the New Generation Playwrights Award for their one-act, Jake Savage, Jungle P.I. She is a professor of English and Communication Studies at Mendocino College.
With summer just around the corner, The Truth About Jack, is a “light” read with all the elements that make it a good romantic book. It’s incredibly unique, but with familiar aspects that keeps you reading and anxious to see the outcome.
Dakota has just found out she’s been accepted to her first choice art school. She’s on top of the world & couldn’t be more excited. That is until she finds out her best friend & boyfriend hooked up. Upon hearing that news, Dakota begins to doubt her choice in joining them on the East Coast and on a whim, decides to write and send a message in a bottle to get all of her feeling out there…somewhere..to someone.
Jack, an incredibly talented pianist, who happens to be very insecure. Although why he is, is beyond me. Jack is one of the most likable male characters I’ve read in awhile. He’s so charming & genuine. I’d love to get to know him, if only he were real!
Anyways, when Jack finds Dakota’s message in a bottle, he’s immediately drawn to her and feels an immediate connection. However, when he responds to her message, he lets his insecurities get the best of him and pretends to be Alejandro from Barcelona.
I loved how they wrote to one another, even though Dakota didn’t know it was Jack who was writing to her. And I also loved seeing her get to know Jack in person whenever they would spend hours on end walking and talking on the beach. There were so many unique things about this story that kept my attention as I was reading. The message in a bottle, where Dakota lived, and Jack’s insecurities & lifestyle. Everything about this story, even though they could be considered a hodge-podge of things, worked so well together. I enjoyed seeing both Jack and Dakota grow and change as the story went on. It was also nice to see the support they had from the various secondary characters. There were quite a few, but they didn’t seem to overshadow the story being told from Dakota and Jack’s points of view.
So if you’re looking for a cute, young adult book, The Truth About Jack, is a great choice.
4 out of 5 stars
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