Book Review: Tell Us Something True📚


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Welcome back👋🏾

I’ll be doing a book review on Tell Us Something True. I picked it up from my local bookstore and finished it over the course of a couple of weeks. It was a slow read, but an enjoyable one.

For a synopsis of the book, the blurb writes 17-year old boy River doesn’t know what to do with himself when Penny, the girl he adores, breaks up with him. Soon he’s faking his way into a support group for teens with various addictions. He connects with them and meets an amazing girl. River wants to tell the truth, but he can’t stop lying and his tangle of deception may unravel before he learns how to handle the most potent drug of all: true love (Dana Reinhardt, 2016)

The story was set in America and makes many references to locations in the area the characters are situated in. The plot was centered around River Dean, who was battling two conflicting narratives throughout its content. He joins a support group for overcoming addictions and meets an incredible girl called Daphne.

Does he have an addiction? 

Suddenly, he experiences and develops a pure, true love for her. However, he fails to express his feelings towards her. As a consequence of this mishap, he goes through a number of obstacles to get her.

Did they get together?

‘Everything gets entangled because he creates a sticky spider web around him’ (Chanda West, 2019)

It’s one of the ways to describe how he behaves. He tries to do the right thing in the wrong ways.

The book touches on sensitive matters, such as family and friendship dynamics and love.  I’ve noticed young adult fiction Author’s approach these topics in a concentrated fashion. They are able to discuss it in an engaging manner, which is humorous and allows you to become immense in the storyline. There should be a follow-up, a part 2 because the suspense leaves you wanting more.

Overall, I was pleased reading this book because of the occasional light-hearted content. It balances out the other subjects talked about. It also tackles marijuana addiction and shows support groups are available. It’s relatable for people who have addiction problems because it can be hard to ask or accept external assistance. The author was able to portray multiple characters throughout. Every one of them had a distinct role and  Dana wrote it well.

That leads to this point:

It was easy to read because of the language used. It was clear and consistent to take in the words. You could essentially appoint voices to them.

Thank you for reading 🙂 

The story ends on a cliffhanger of what seems to be their happily ever after…


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