Blog Tour Review: 16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler

Sixteen Things I Thought Were True - Janet GurtlerPublisher: Sourcebooks Fire (March 4th 2014)
Paperback: 304 pages
Source: Netgalley & Sourcebooks Fire
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Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Heart attacks happen to other people #thingsIthoughtweretrue

When Morgan’s mom gets sick, it’s hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn’t as far away as she thought…

Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk #thingsIthoughtweretrue

Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan’s getting to know the real Adam, and he’s actually pretty sweet…in a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?

5000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need #thingsIthoughtweretrue

With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of Cheetos to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She’s not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend…and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she can’t imagine living without


So 16 Things I Thought Were True ended up being an enjoyable read though not entirely what I expected.

This book is about a road trip #thingsIthoughtweretrue. Okay, so there is a (short) road trip in the book. But that’s not what this story is really about. This is a sweet and yet emotional coming of age story with both happy moments and sad moments.

Morgan’s mom has a heart attack and it sort of sets off a chain of events.

1. Morgan decides that she does want to find her father, the man that left before she was born. (We also find out some secrets about the mother! dun dun dun.)

2. Morgan discovers that Adam is not that much of jerk, he just sorta acts like it out of necessity.

3. Morgan discovers Amy. The sweetest, bubbliest, strangest girl ever.

4. A friendship is beginning to form. Amy and Adam decides to join Morgan on her road trip to find said father. (With interesting and emotional results.) A friendship is built and solidified.

5. Amy and Morgan’s brother meet. And #forRealz, they are the best sorta couple ever. They win everything. /fin

6. There’s a bit of romance blooming between Morgan and Adam. Not too much that it takes over the story, but just enough.

7. Morgan gets a chance to work on her insecurities and also to understand what’s truly important to her.

The slight problem with 16 Things I Thought Were True for me was that there’s almost too much going on. The book deals with friendship, family issues, romance,  insecurities and more. As a result, it lacks a bit depth and ends up skimming the surface of everything. Oh and the ending. The ending kind of frustrated me. SPOILERS: so highlight to read [okay, so Amy ends up dying in the end. I felt like that was realllllly unnecessary, not just because I wanted Amy to have her happy ending, but because her death seems sort of pointless. Her death doesn’t set off a catalysis that allows Morgan to start trying to solve her problem, Amy already did that before her death. We were already getting closure, but than we’re blind-sighted by Amy’s death. As if her death is just to say: “Hey, not everyone gets happy endings”, which I get, but once again, really unnecessary because it didn’t actually propel the story forward or change anything. bah hum bug.]

Overall, it was a quick and enjoyable read. This book is definitely a coming of age story in the digital world. Morgan was an interesting character, but the person I loved most was Amy. She sort of was the glue for the book, that kept everything together and made me want to see it out. It’s a heartfelt story.

{*Thank to Sourcebooks Fire & Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for the an honest review.

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0 Replies to “Blog Tour Review: 16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler”

  1. I’ve read some other reviews too that say the same thing, too much going on in it’s short length. I love books that focus on the digital world though. Lovely review!

    1. Yeah, there was just too much going on for the length of the book. It was a cute read overall though. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I requested this one off of netgalley as well! And I’m excited to get started on this one soon! After reading your review, I’m a bit nervous, but still excited to pick it up! Thanks for your honest review!


    1. I hope you still enjoy it! It’s a cute read, despite not living up to my road trip book expectations haha. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. The cover of this book is cute. A guy named Adam as the love interest is the second reason I’m quite intrigued to the book after reading your review. I know, I’m shallow like that =))

    1. Haha, well you be glad to hear Adam’s a pretty good guy 😉
      For books, I think we’re allowed to be shallow lol. Thanks for stopping by!

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