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The Thing About the Truth by Lauren Barnholdt – In this humorous love story from the author of Two-way Street, an unlikely romance is the best sort of. THE THING ABOUT THE TRUTH by Lauren Barnholdt Although the chaotic aftermath is detailed early on, Barnholdt’s snappy dialogue and. The Thing About the Truth. by Lauren Barnholdt. Kelsey’s not going to let one mistake ruin her life. Sure, she got kicked out of prep school and.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Thig to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. In this humorous love story from the author of “Two-Way Street”, an unlikely romance is the best sort of surprise—but the wrong secret can ruin everything. Sure, she got kicked out of prep bwrnholdt and all her old friends are shutting her out.

So it surprises them both when they start to fall for each other. Everyone has secrets, and Isaac and Kelsey are no exceptions. Hardcoverpages. Isaac BrandanoKelsey Romano. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Thing About the Truthplease sign up.

I want to let everyone in this know, if you read this book, do not judge it by the cover, judge it by the See 1 question about The Thing About the Truth…. Lists with This Book. Feb 16, Reynje rated it it was ok Shelves: As Kelsey approached, Isaac held his arms open.

She was walking slowly, slightly unsteady on her non-designer heels and swinging a bought on consignment Kate Spade purse in her left hand. Isaac began to smile, anticipating the warmth of her lean body in his arms. The tight lwuren shirt and stiletto boots should have been a tip off. Girls who wear clothes like that are obviously unbalanced stalkers. But who could blame her, really. He was pretty irresistible. Because he was hotget it?! But at the last moment she turned her head slightly so that his kiss glanced off her cheek.

The Thing About the Truth by Lauren Barnholdt

As she did so she was opening her mouth, and to a casual observer it might have appeared that she was whispering his name into his ear tenderly. The plot essentially hinges on a lie; what happens one character conceals a truth from another. All the usual suspects are wheeled out: Isaac and Kelsey, both kicked out of their previous private schools, find themselves enrolled in a public high school the horror!

Determined to redeem her scholastic reputation and get into a good college, Kelsey comes up with the idea of forming an extracurricular club. Can Kelsey move on in a healthy relationship with Isaac while attempting to conceal the truth about her past?

abrnholdt This was not the case. To make this story work, the characters — including the supporting cast — needed to feel authentic, with believable motivations. Many of the secondary characters seem to exist purely as window dressing for the angst between Isaac and Kelsey.


They exist purely to complicate the story, and readers are given no real insight into their motives.

And while I feel this involves many of the characters, I want to talk about it specifically as it pertains to Marina Ruiz. After drunkenly kissing her he avoids her, at pains to discourage her from pursing him. That chick is certifiably out of her fucking tree. All hot chicks are crazy. But frankly, it feels trtuh. When in doubt, send in the crazy chick? The fact that this entire book essentially hinges on some really ridiculous characterisation tipped me over the edge.

View all 22 comments. May 04, M rated it did not like it. Oh, or just for being at public school to begin with. What a fantastic narrator to follow around, someone with absolutely no redeeming qualities. They are sex-obsessed assholes whose inner commentary ranges from slut-shaming to victim-blaming to just plain gross.

Like the guy in Two-Way Street, Isaac has little to offer but a mind focused on boobs, boobs, and more boobs. Kelsey got herself kicked out of prep school.

We find out that Isaac actually got kicked out, too. When Kelsey tries to make it clear that she is not interested in Isaac, instead of walking away like a good person, he pursues her further.

The Thing About the Truth

But of course, they wind up on a date, and Kelsey just so happens to enjoy it! And then they start working on a project together, and what else but romance could possibly happen?

We sure needed another young adult book that tduth violence as a proper emotional outlet. It’s mostly Kelsey, whose character really wants to be perceived as intelligent. The attempts tbe sounding deep or thoughtful are the only funny part about this book.

What principal is going to sit there and think, yes, I want to hear this story of how these two students fell in love, this is the best use of my time. The ending is just as disappointing as the rest of it.

There’s this entire build-up we’ve been waiting for, and then it’s over. The resolution is as quick as five pages, and it turns out nothing actually mattered.

This is not a book I would recommend to anyone, unless you’re in the mood for some really cookie cutter characters and plot points. Barnholdt’s previous book, Sometimes It Happens, while shrugging off infidelity as no big deal, was a step above this one. Nov 05, Fred marked it as to-read Recommended to Fred by: That’s an interesting look on her face, no?

Something seems to be on her mind besides the whole kissing thing. View all 5 comments. I wanted romantic high school drama as a respite from the more serious books I had been reading recently, so it’s not like I was expecting a life-altering read or anything. But even with relatively low expectations, this book was a huge let-down for me. I had read Two-Way Street a few years back, and although I didn’t particularly love it, I do remember wanting to know what the twist was and to see the relationship be When I began reading The Thing About the Truth, I was looking for, well, fluff.


I had read Two-Way Street a few years back, and although I didn’t particularly love it, I do remember wanting to know what the twist was and to see the relationship between the two protagonists develop. With The Thing About the Truth, however, I had a lot of problems getting drawn into the story at first.

Off the bat, I disliked both Kelsey and Isaac, which obviously makes caring about anything that happens to them really difficult. They were such stereotypical characters, that not even their quasi-self-awareness saved them for me. On top of that, their voices felt strained, and I kept weirdly switching between thinking “this is exactly the type of writing style I would use in my high school creative writing assignments” although obviously Lauren Barnholdt is much better at it than I ever was at fifteen and “this is what an adult thinks teenagers talk and think like, except they don’t at all.

I won’t spoil what the event was, but I will say that it was a huge let-down. I was actually pretty insulted by it, both as a reader and as a woman. So by the end, I wasn’t exactly happy that I had stuck it out to find out what had happened. I’m struggling to come up with a redeeming quality, and I guess I would just say that perhaps teenagers would actually enjoy this book this is definitely not a book for adults who read YA.

And still, I hesitate to say even that because I feel as though a teenaged me would have had the same issues with it that adult me did, and I just don’t think teenagers will gain anything from reading it.

One of my favorite things about life yes LIFE are the contemporary YA writers that put out great book after great book. I haven’t been on the Lauren Barnholdt train for very long her book last year was the first I’ve readbut after reading The Thing About the Truth I am fairly certain she can be put on this epic list as well. View all 3 comments.

Mon avis sur le blog: Kelsey et Isa Mon avis sur le blog: Comme je le disais, je ne sais pas trop ce que je dois penser de ce livre. Kelsey et Isaac sont attachants, mais sans plus. Ce n’est pas du tout venu me chercher. Ils sont mignons d’accord, mais qui peut bien tomber amoureux aussi vite?

Marshall est tout simplement hilarant. Et Chloe est tout aussi marante. Mais ce n’est pas tout. Les couvertures et moi! The thing about this book was that it lacked any real conflict.

The big lie and the catastrophic outcome of Face it Down Day was a huge letdown. The “conflict” was so stupid that it thinng laughable, and kind of offensive. Basically, Kelsey and Isaac meet as new kids on their first day at a public high school hooray for originality!