Monday, April 20, 2015

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


The Truth About Jack
Release Date: 04/14/15
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.

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This was a very cute story and I loved the sense of humor in this book.

I don't know what to think of Dakota's character. She seems naive but kind of mature at the same time. I wouldn't say she's weak but not strong either. I can't believe that when she received her letter of acceptance that's when her best friend dropped that bomb on her. And well, I think Dakota's reaction to that was fairly normal. So how's a girl to cope on going to the school of dreams when she learned the about the betrayal of her best friend and boyfriend? Write a message in a bottle and throw it to the sea, and plan on having a gap year to travel to Barcelona.

Jack's another story. He's a pianist and he also get to go to his dream school (though I wonder if it really is...). The problem his when he plays and composes music, it's not up to par. He is also still haunted by his best friend's suicide a few years ago. So, one day with his Romanian tutor/chauffer, Attila, he plans to find his and I quote,"There's beauty out there and we're going to find it". And he does find it in Dakota, whom when he first saw felt some stirring within himself.

I guess you know this part, where he sees Dakota again and finds the bottle she toss. And from there the two started to exchange mails. The only problem is Jack used a fake persona and now he wants Dakota to get to know him as Jack. That's the start of their journey.

The relationship between Jack and Dakota starts of slow since Dakota was apparently dumped and she's wary of jumping to another relationship or flirting with guys especially not only of what happened to her but what happened with her parents. I liked how Dakota's love life wasn't affected by how her parents' marriage ended badly before her situation with her ex. I can't believe how forgiving she was to her best friend at the end. I mean, yeah, I can believe it but I hope she never forgets. Plus, I wonder if their friendship will ever be the same, or if they did, it won't be like before. I agree with her though when her friend had the nerve to send it via an email (better than the boyfriend I supposed). I'm glad Dakota stood up for herself towards her best friend especially when she mentioned that she always felt like lackey dog.

The first thing I did, make that the part where Jack invented a fake persona, I totally lost it. I couldn't stop laughing at the same time his letters were very touching not that Dakota's wasn't. I liked that Jack was able to made a new friend even if he knew about Joaquin longer. I'm so happy for him that they support especially Attila. I find Jack's mother a bit too much particularly when it comes to him playing music. I loved that his grandma is on his side as well. Although I'm kind of sad he doesn't have a close relationship with his dad.

I loved Attila. I liked how he's very observant and quite concerned about Jack. I loved how he gives advices and how he cheers on Jack's relationship with Dakota. I hope he stays with them in the end.

How Jack solved the issue between him and Dakota was very sweet. It was just the right thing. I'm glad that Dakota did not fuss and just got together with him.
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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