Review: The Truth #2, The Truth About Letting Go by Leigh Talbert Moore

17282616Blurb from Goodreads

TOP 5 FINALIST, 2013 “Best Indie Book” awards, The Kindle Book Review

Ashley Lockett has always followed the rules. She’s always done the right thing and played it safe until her ideal life is shattered when her dad dies suddenly.

Fueled by anger and grief, she vows to do everything opposite of how she lived before. Then she meets Jordan. He has big dreams, he’s had a crush on Ashley for years, and he’s a great kisser. But he’s also safe.

Enter Colt. He is not safe, and he’s more than willing to help Ashley fulfill her vow.

ebook, 276 pages
Published February 21st 2013 (first published February 18th 2013)
edition language: English
series: The Truth
genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
 
My Thoughts
 
I never expected Ashley Lockett will be the subject of book 2 of The Truth series. She only had a few lines on The Truth About Faking. On the sequel of the series, I usually read about someone who is close with main characters of the prequel. So, it kind of surprised me to read about her life since I didn’t know about her at all. On the other hand, I think it’s a good thing. I didn’t have any idea who Ashley is hence I read her story from new eyes and it can be read as a standalone book.

Although this book and also its prequel are YA books, it isn’t only about YA drama such as falling in love and heartbreak. The Truth series is more than that. Leigh Talbert Moore

wrote it with a lot of things that readers can think about. But Ashley’s story is much more complicated than Harley from The Truth About Faking. I think it’s because their age different, Harley is younger when she told her story than Ashley here. It makes this book heavier, darker and more serious with a lot of emotions in it.

I love everything in this book, the writing, the story, the characters, the setting and even the dialogue between the characters.

But there are two things that quite bother me. First, when *SPOILER* Cole almost raped Ashley in the car *End of SPOILER* why it never become a big deal in the story. Secondly, I really don’t like Ashley’s mom. If I have to choose who is the most responsible for Ashley’s behavior other than herself, it will be her mom. I don’t like the way Mrs. Lockett acts and thinks. I understand she has her own issue regarding her husband death and I know everyone deal the death with their own way. But she has to know that her daughter needs her. Ashley is already an adult, legally, but it doesn’t mean she doesn’t need someone older to guide and accompany her. In this case she needs her brother, Will and especially her mom. If Mrs. Lockett feels she cannot approach Ashley, she has to try harder until she can do it, which I didn’t see it, not until it’s too late. In some way I think she’s so selfish because her daughter is her top priority now. And the way she acts to Ashley after Dr. Eric James, the psychiatrist, comes make things worse. She thinks Ashley need a psychiatrist, I agree with her but she also have to understand that her daughter needs her mom more that the neighbor psychiatrist. She cannot think if Ashley talks to him everything will be okay. And Dr. Eric James, of all people should know this. It just sad for me to read that she’s the one who realize that she has to fix her relationship with her mom, but all Mrs. Lockett do is become angry when Ashley disagree with her and doesn’t understand the changes when her dad died.

 
This house is too big now anyway, especially if it’s just the two of us… I softly tap on her door. No answer. I try the knob, but it doesn’t turn. She’s locked me out. Again
I take a breath, wondering how we manage to keep shoving each other out when we should really be pulling together.
I haven’t seen Mom since our conversation-breakdown, and I silently wish again she’d talk to me. I want to tell her I can help.
I’m angry that once again, the only time she wants to talk to me is to lay down some rule. Not to ask why I couldn’t make it, not to talk about the problems we’re facing. Just to dictate.
 
I think readers can learn both from Ashley and Mrs. Lockett’s story. Therefore this book is good not only for young adult but also for parents.
 
Result: 3.5 stars of 5 stars
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Review: The Truth #1, The Truth About Faking by Leigh Talbert Moore

15990074Blurb from Goodreads

Jason just wants a date with Harley.
Harley just wants a date with Trent.
Trent’s still getting over Stephanie.

When Harley and Jason decide to fake date, they uncover a school of deceptions. Trent’s got a secret, but so does Jason. And the more time Harley spends secretly kissing her fake boyfriend, the further she gets from her dreams with Trent.

Worst of all, Harley’s mom is getting cozy with her hot massage therapy student, and even Harley’s Reverend Dad can’t fake not being bothered by it. But when the masks finally come off, can everyone handle the real truth?

ebook, 328 pages
Published September 1st 2012
edition language: English
series: The Truth
genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
Jason just wants a date with Harley.
Harley just wants a date with Trent.
Trent’s still getting over Stephanie and asked Shelly, Harley’s bestfriend.
So, Harley asked Jason to be her fake boyfriend.

From the very first encounter, Harley knows that she wants to be with Trent but he dated Stephanie, a senior and head cheerleader. Then they broke up, she thinks it’s time for her to make him her boyfriend. Enter Jason, a new student who wrecked her mom’s car at their first encounter. On their second encounter he wreck her plan to make Trent asks her to Luau. Then, they game begin.

This is one sweet teenage story. All of the characters act as they supposed to be. I especially like Harley, she’s so funny, a little bit drama queen but so 16 years old. I mean she speaks and thinks just like any teenager without trying to sound like an adult. Many YA books have characters who act and think beyond they age. Made me think whether they are really teenagers or I’m left behind and teenagers act like an adult these days or the authors didn’t know how teenagers usually think and act. But here, Harley is a teenager I’m familiar with. I like and enjoy her drama. It’s a nice encounter to Leigh Talbert Moore books.

Result: 3 of 5 stars