Seventeen-year-old River doesn’t know what to do with himself when Penny, the girl he adores, breaks up with him. He lives in LA, where nobody walks anywhere, and Penny was his ride; he never bothered getting a license. He’s stuck. He’s desperate. Okay… he’s got to learn to drive.
But first, he does the unthinkable—he starts walking. He stumbles upon a support group for teens with various addictions. He fakes his way into the meetings, and begins to connect with the other kids, especially 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.
How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Review: This should not work – but it does. I really should not like River – but I did. I mean let’s be honest here, he just messes everything up and at times he is walking a thin line to creepy (actually at some points I’m not sure if he doesn’t cross it) but he’s hopeless, not malicious. The way his character is written it’s hard not to sympathise.
As the reader you know everything is going to come crashing down the minute River starts talking in the support group. This can’t end well, yet he returns the following week. River makes friends. He builds new relationships and grows up. You find yourself torn because you end up wanting his lie to be ok but knowing that the whole principle is wrong – so it needs to fail.
Tell Us Something True is wonderful because I can’t explain it. You need to read it to understand why this book works the way it does.