Published by Entangled on 04/15/2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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.
Will I ever be able to resist summer contemporary YA books? I’m pretty sure the answer will always be no. The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman certainly wasn’t a book I could resist, and it was a very enjoyable, if not memorable, read.
When Dakota learns that her boyfriend and best friend (who are both away at colleges near each other) hooked up, she is really devastated. She ends up writing her feelings in a letter, and tossing it out to sea in a bottle. That same day, before the message in a bottle, Jack sees Dakota, and likes her right away. And he happens to see her tossing her letter out to sea. When that bottle is dragged back to swore, he can’t resist reading her letter. He also can’t resist writing back to her – the only problem – he writes back to her as some made up person. When Dakota and Jack start spending time together in real life, he’s not sure what to tell her about the letters he’s been writing to her under another name.
The absolute best part of The Truth About Jack is Jack himself. I just loved him. He’s from an extremely wealthy family in California, and has been homeschooled the last few years due to a tragic incident involving his best friend. Some of the chapters are from Jack’s POV, and they were my favorite. Jack has this insecurity about him that seems at odds with the way he was brought up, and it just makes me love him all the more.
Dakota is a pretty interesting character, although I wasn’t madly in love with her. She lives in this artist’s colony with her dad, and lives in her own yurt, which was a little hard for me to imagine. She’s had a lot of automony in her life, and is also homeschooled. She’s an artist, though, and plans to go to Art School in the fall. I really did feel bad for her when she learned about her boyfriend and her best friend. The way she learned totally sucked, and was such shock.
Overall this was a really enjoyable read. More than anything I just loved meeting Jack. He’s just so adorable. If you’re looking for summer contemporary YA, The Truth about Jack is a good option.