Monday, April 20, 2015

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman!

Title: The Truth About Jack

Author: Jody Gehrman

Release date: 04/14/15

Publisher: Entangled Crush

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.

About the Author:

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.

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This is a solid book that I think young teens will really enjoy.

What I liked most about this book was the main character, Dakota, and her back story. I thought she was really interesting. She wants to be an artist, and she's lived her entire life in an artist colony in California. I found that aspect to be really cool. I liked all the descriptions of her quirky little home colony, and it sounded gorgeous. It came off as a place where I'd move in a heartbeat, and I think the author did a really good job with the descriptive writing of the place. I liked Dakota well enough too, and wanted her to be happy as she overcame obstacles and found new romance. It was a bit insta-love-ish for me, but that's not always a bad thing. I liked the way that they came together and learned more about one another.

The age of the main characters, Jack and Dakota, is going-to-college age. As the book went on, I had a hard time remembering that. While I did like the characters well enough, they came across as younger. I would have put them at more of a 8th grade/freshman year transition. They just came off a bit juvenile at times. This didn't effect my reading of it too entirely much (this is a clean read, by the way) but it was something that I definitely took note of.

Overall, this is a fast and flirty read that is enjoyable, though I think that those in the early teens will enjoy it more than I did. This is a good book to read by the pool over the summer, and fans of young adult and contemporary romances might want to check it out.

I received a copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.

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