In January, I picked up Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens and absolutely loved it. Everything about it just came together so well to make a product that was so beautiful and I adored it.
This is not like that book. I liked The Lies About Truth, and perhaps I expected way too much from it, but all I know is that I didn’t love it.
I felt like we were simply thrown into this story without any background info and we found out things as we went along through dialogue between the characters. I think that it would have been more attuned to Courtney’s beautiful writing style if she made that flashbacks, getting more into Sadie’s head as she did with Alexi. I also felt that there was a lot of moments where Courtney was simply telling us what was going on for sake of plot instead of showing us through her writing, as technique I loved in her debut. The characters also felt a little detached for me, I felt that I didn’t connect with Sadie as much as I would have liked to.
One of the high points of this book was definitely seeing Courtney’s exquisite writing again. She has an amazing way with using language to tell these stories of survival and finding (or re-finding) yourself. I also loved the interactions between these characters, especially Sadie and Gina. Seeing the rollercoaster those two went on throughout the story made it that much sweeter and satisfying when they made up at the end.
Overall, this book was just pretty good for me. I will still be reading Courtney’s books in the future and loving her writing style (: