From the author of My Life Next Door comes a swoony summertime romance full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions.
Gwen Castle’s Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. He’s a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island’s summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she’ll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen’s dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is. [Goodreads]
I pretty much went into this book blind. I read My Life Next Door and absolutely loved it, Samantha and Jase and their story was so beautiful, I could not fault it. But the characters in What I Thought Was True couldn’t be more different from MLND!
A first, I was a little confused, although I think that this was because I was ill and couldn’t really focus on reading. But the book is split with the present and the past, all of which are narrated by Gwen. Gwen has made a lot of mistakes and the one she wants to forget the most is with Cass. Unfortunately for her, he is the new islands yard boy and where ever she goes, he seems to be there, which is the last thing she needs. It’s a reminder of her mistakes and the fact that even if he is on the island, he is someone who is from over the bridge.
The stand-out character in this book was definitely Emory, Gwen’s younger brother, who is (as the Gwen says) ‘Just Emory.’ Fitzpatrick is great at crafting lovable family members, for MLND it was Jase’s younger brother George. They make me wish I had a younger brother because of their happiness that they spread over the pages. His innocence can’t not make you love him and every time he interacted with Cass, I melted. It was the cutest thing ever, and I loved seeing their friendship grow as well as Gwen and Cass try to solve their issues.
Something that did surprise me was the twist. I was reading thinking, ‘this is too good to be true right now, where is the Fitzpatrick twist?’ It’s there. But I am indecisive with the way it was handled in the book. There were a few things that I could settle with but others where I just didn’t see eye to eye with and it went off the tracks for me a little, leaning more to the fictional world that the realistic. But it’s a piece of fiction, not real life so that’s not a real complaint really is it? 😛
I really liked it