16 Things I Thought Were True

16 Things I Thought Were True

by Janet Gurtler


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402277979
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 492,733
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: HL570L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Janet Gurtler lives in Calgary, Canada with her husband and son and a puppy blessed with cuteness rather than brains. Janet does not live in an Igloo or play hockey, but she does love maple syrup and says "eh" a lot. Visit janetgurtler.blogspot.com.

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16 Things I Thought Were True 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Brunette_Librarian More than 1 year ago
     Morgan is having a bit of a hard summer. She’s got a job at the local theme park working with snacks, she’s not making any friends, and her Mom just had a heart attack. She doesn’t know who her dad is, never has really. Her twin brothers aren’t any help so Morgan can’t help but feel alone in world filled with people. However, her one lifeline is Twitter and this is going to be the summer she passes 5,000 followers. She knows once she passes that milestone, something amazing is bound to happen.       As Morgan’s mother lays on the hospital table, she begins to tell Morgan about her birth father. Having assumed he was dead, Morgan is surprised to find out that he is in fact still alive and living just across the border in Canada. A shy girl, Amy, who has become attached to Morgan, offers to drive her to finally meet her Dad. Her boss, and maybe crush, at work Adam offers to go too.  As the three set off on an epic road trip, they question themselves, family, and what is really means to be a friend.        I was extremely impressed with how well written this is. I was drawn in from page one and couldn’t hardly set it down. Characters, setting, and story come together perfectly to create this fantastic blend. I simply had to read to find out what happens next.       16 Things I Thought Were True is a wonderful character study of teens and what they are going through right now. Life isn’t perfect but moments can be. Morgan begins the book disliking life really. She doesn't have any friends that aren’t online, she’s had a terrible embarrassment that chased off her real friends so she’s alone. Friendship plays a key role in this story, both old and new and how they affect our lives.       Completely delightful, I loved 16 Things I Thought Were True. A great road trip story that has a little bit of everything. Bullying issues, friendships, family problems, insecurities, love, and happiness are all thrown in there to create one of the best Young Adult novels I’ve read in quite a while. Great characters and a heartwarming story show how gifted of a storyteller Janet Gurtler is. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
#16thingsithoughtweretrue by Janet Gurtler is an amazing book. The author is really good at connecting the characters and emotions in this book. I enjoyed reading it and it kept me wondering and wanting to keep reading. It was hard for me to put it down once I started a new chapter. I could related to a lot of things in this book which helped me stay focused. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes an unexpected love story with a lot of suspense. I would easily rate this book a 10/10 and give it a five star rating. If you have not yet read this book I suggest you do. Like I said earlier its an easy read that will keep you wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! The characters are sooo close to reality and their threesome is unlikely but possible. I must say that I cried quite a bit though. It was damn near genius.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the most heart warming stories I've ever read.
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Janet Gurtler writes relatable, imperfect characters and puts them in challenging, thought-provoking situations. This is especially apparent in #16thingsithoughtweretrue where each character is dealing with important issues. I didn't quite LOVE any of the characters, but I grew fond of them. Morgan's insecurities are something that most everyone goes through, as is her need to feel validated—which she attains through the number of Twitter followers she has. I can also relate to the spontaneous road trip. Last summer, I got a couple friends to agree to go on a road trip with me, so I could visit and get to know my to-be boyfriend better (the story was that I wanted to go ballroom dancing... my dance partner, who'd introduced my boyfriend and me, lives in the same area and told me about the dance). The point of the story? Road trips are a lot of fun, and I highly recommend them. It's a great way to hang out with friends and get to know each other better. The supporting characters are wonderful as well. There's great chemistry among them, and I love how complex the relationship are. I especially enjoy how Morgan, Adam, and Amy become close friends over the course of the road trip and remain strong even after a certain couple forms within this circle. Usually, I'd be squeeling here over the cuteness of the couple. And they are pretty cute in how they can't get enough of each other during their makeout scenes. What really stands out to me, however, is the trio's friendship and their wonderful banter. It's fantastic and so. much. fun. Amy in particular is a beautiful character What kept me from getting as into the story as I might've was the writing. It doesn't feel as put together as previous Janet Gurtler books I've loved. Much has to do with how events don't quite seem to flow together and sometimes even feel out of place. There's also the time lapse between certain situations and the lack of appropriate tension build up for certain situations, such as tea with her dad and a certain big event that takes place near the end of the novel. Many issues come up in this book. While it isn't possible to address them all to the same degree, they aren't integrated as cohesively as other books by Janet Gurtler that I've loved. Overall, this was an enjoyable book about learning to be comfortable with who you are. I recommend #16thingsithoughtweretrue for those looking for a fun contemporary summer read that touches on some difficult issues involving life, death, and illness.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
Having read some of Janet Gurtler's previous books, 16 Things I Thought Were True is probably by far my favorite one out of the bunch.  16 Things I Thought Were True talks about a twitter maniac, whose name is Morgan. When her mom gets sick, she starts to panic, especially since her mother is single. Morgan has two older brothers, but Morgan has always felt like she still needed to find out who her father is. After an embarrassing video that went viral, Morgan doesn't really have real friends anymore. Despite having no real friends, Morgan says that her "twitter" friends are as real as they can be. During her summer job, she meets a very enthusiastic girl named Amy, and their very mean boss, Adam. They have all been stressed out for various reasons, so the three of them suddenly decide to go on a roadtrip, and are determined to find Morgan's birth father. Plot wise, the story may not have been as unique, because I remember reading something like that in some previous young adult books. Despite that, I can't say that the story wasn't enjoyable or was even predictable. The characters were all very diverse, unique, and very funny. It was also a very sad book at times. Many moments where the characters were put in tough positions. We also got to learn a lot about each of the characters. There were a few "roll your eyes" moments that I just couldn't deal with, but leaving those aside, it was a very well written book!Overall, if you're looking for a contemporary book that has a bit of romance, humor, and friendship, then 16 Things I Thought Were True is the book for you! I will definitely be looking forward to future books by Janet Gurtler, and I really hope she delivers a very different book in the near future!
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
In this day and age, social media is, like, the mecca of communication.  Want to know what your fav. celeb. is up to?  Follow him on Twitter.  Want to let your friends know what you’re up to right at that very moment (whether it’s momentous or not)?  Tweet it out, or update your Facebook status.  But with the good comes the bad.  Bullying seems to have followed this trend, along with not so sincere intentions (you catch my drift). Unfortunately for Morgan, main character in 16thingsithoughtweretrue by Janet Gurtler, this lesson rings very true for her when her best friend (or whom she thought was her best friend) posts a video of her dancing around in boys underwear…and yes…a potato is involved.  Now things are very awkward for Morgan.  It seems everyone has seen this video, and won’t let her live it down. Working at her summer job isn’t easy because of it.  All the other employees have seen the video and mock her, whether it be to her face, or behind her back but within ear shot.  Many a break and lunch hour are spent in a bathroom stall crying and reaching out to her thousands of Twitter friends/followers. But when tragedy strikes at home, comfort and solace are found in her manager, Adam, one who is mean and rude…but is full of surprises.  Thinking she’s on her death bed, Morgan’s mother decides to give Morgan what she’s been asking for so many years…the truth about her father.  As her mother divulges enough information for Morgan to start her search, Morgan decides that a road trip is in order…one that will lead her to a father she’s never met.  And who are her travelling buddies?  None other than Adam (the manager mentioned above) and Amy (a home-schooled girl who has no filter and has secrets of her own). But will this road trip lead Morgan to answers she’s been searching for all her life?  Or will she be faced with a truth that she wished she had never known. For fans of books that involve a road trip, 16thingsithoughtweretrue by Janet Gurtler is one that you won’t want to miss out on.  It has the quest to search for the truth, bonding while travelling with people that you least expect to get along, it has humorous and honest heartfelt moments, it has the “my eyes have been opened up to the truth” scenes… you catch my drift. I’m sure that there will be a character in this book that readers out there will connect with.  I’m not talking about just the three travelling amigos.  I’m also referring to the supporting characters found in the book. I will admit that Morgan, who is the main character in 16thingsithoughtweretrue, annoyed me at various points in the book.  But I’m thinking that it’s because of how I was looking at the story.  Had I been a teen reading the events that were taking place, I’m sure I’d be siding with Morgan and her “truths” that come up.  I will admit that Morgan’s mother had me fuming.  What a secret to keep from your child…and then have her chase a dream that will only end in… never mind.  You’ll see what I mean when you read the book. Not only is it truths that are being revealed regarding Morgan’s life, but truths are being revealed all over the place.  Even for the adults involved in this book.  And Amy…sweet Amy.  She grew on me like a second skin, and I adored this girl to pieces.  My wish would be that all teens out there has the opportunity to have a friend like Amy.  She really would change your perspective on life and things that one found “life altering”. I recommend this book to fans of Janet Gurter’s books (who isn’t?  This author is amahhhzing!), those who enjoy a great road trip read, and for those who want a story where you witness characters grow up right before your eyes.
BookishThings More than 1 year ago
I loved the journey the characters went through in this book. They all learn something, and how things aren’t always as they appear. There were times that Morgan drove me nuts. She doesn’t have many friends, except online, and thinks the Twitter follower number is all that matters. Morgan is forced to interact with actual people, and she doesn’t really know what to do. I love the secondary characters, Amy and Adam. Amy never has a problem filling the silence, and Adam is not the person Morgan thinks he is. He may actually be fun. I really enjoyed how Morgan works through her awkwardness interacting with actual people. She goes through so many things in this book, and I think she comes out a stronger person because of it. There were parts where I was laughing out loud, crying, and grinning from the joy shown by the characters. 16 Things I Thought Were True is a great coming of age story, and shows that many times your followers aren’t the people that will be there to help you through a rough patch.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'16 Things I Thought Were True' is a heart-warming and poignant look at life as a teenager in today's society. Although some of the things that happen throughout the book don't always occur in all teen's lives, the majority of the story is one we all know all too well. Morgan is a fantastic main character in the book. She's an average teenage girl who has to deal with family issues, school, summer jobs, and friends - among other things. She's down to earth and strong, although we do see her encounter some big obstacles in the book. I felt really connected with Morgan right from the beginning of the book and I was easily pulled inside her world. The author made the writing conversational, which I believe makes it easier for the reader to identify with the characters and to immerse themselves into the story. Like most people, Morgan is a lot more than meets the eye - and that gets revealed to both herself and the reader throughout the story. The secondary characters were well written too, although some seemed a bit cliched at first glance. You have the dorky guy who turns out to be a sweetheart (and miraculously hot underneath those glasses), the perky best friend character, and the older twin brothers who seem like opposites but are more alike than you know. Besides being a little cliched on the outside, I loved the characters once I got to know them as individual people in the story - with all their quirks and flaws. It made the book all the more realistic and believable. The plot was a fantastically written and incredibly relevant in our society today. All of the struggles that Morgan faces are real life problems that happen every day. The author even included social media (Twitter) to keep the story current as well as proving a point. Although the story is light and heart-warming, it deals with some serious topics as well - such as family, friendship, self confidence, love, and believing in yourself. It also touches a bit on the topic of bullying and being an outcast among peers. I myself haven't faced all of the problems that Morgan does in the book, but I have come face-to-face with most of them. The author writes about all of these struggles and issues that Morgan must deal with in a personal and detailed way - to the point where I felt like I was in Morgan's shoes right along with her, and I could almost literally feel the things that she was. In my opinion, when the author has the ability to really get into my head and connect me to the characters so fully, I know that they have an incredible talent. That's definitely what happened with this book - and then some. It has a bit of something for everyone - fun times, happiness, love, romance, grief, loss, fear, believing in yourself, finding strength, and lots of other themes. Highly recommended for fans of YA contemporary fiction! Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
#16thingsIthoughtweretrue really surprised me. I thought it would be lighter, fluffier. Don't get me wrong. It had its moments of fun and fluff. But there was a lot more to it than that. It was one of the better young adult contemporaries that I've read in recent memory. I'm struggling with how to write this review without giving things away, so it might be a little vague.  Morgan's life is spinning out of control. Her so-called friend posted a video of her dancing in boy's underwear online, her mom has a heart condition and needs surgery (and doesn't think she'll live through said surgery) and she's just finally found out the identity of her father. The only place things are going well is on Twitter, where she's rapidly approaching 5,000 "friends." She spends more time talking with them than she does people in real life, which isn't entirely surprising given how the people in her life have been letting her down lately. She makes a couple friends at her summer job (amusement park!) and they decide to go on a road trip to find her father.  I love a good road trip book. There's just something about putting characters in a situation like that which allows them to bond and forge new relationships, or strengthen existing ones. I've always loved taking road trips, too. They're fun. Sure, sometimes there's drama... but they're still fun. The road trip Morgan, Adam and Amy go on is no exception. It has its share of fun and laughter and there's no doubt these three characters are closer when they returned home than when they left. There are surprising revelations and not-so-surprising romance.  There was just so much good about this book. The characters are just the beginning of it. Despite the obvious age difference between me and Morgan, I could see some of myself in her. Twitter is my preferred social media outlet and I have a lot of friends on there as well. Not nearly 5,000 and the majority of the ones I interact with regularly, I've actually met in real life. But Twitter is uncensored Kim. I have too many friends on Facebook that are work connections, so I try to reign things in there. I definitely don't reign it in on Twitter... something you'll know if you follow me, particularly during football games. ;) But, I digress. Morgan was a great and believable character. Adam was absolutely adorable and I pretty much loved him from the start. Amy? Every girl should have a friend like Amy - one who is honest almost to a fault, awkward and real. She was a gem of a character.  I loved the storyline. I thought it flowed well and I couldn't put it down until I finished. I had to know what happened with these characters. There was a great focus on family, friendship and romance. There were some things that were predictable, but that didn't bother me. There were also things that I didn't see coming a mile away. I don't want to run the risk of spoiling anything for anyone who hasn't read it, but I have to say the ending of this book pretty much completely gutted me. I didn't expect it at all. #16thingsIthoughtweretrue was a great and enjoyable young adult contemporary story. It was a great introduction to Janet Gurtler's writing and I will definitely check out more of her work in the future. I laughed and smiled and shed a few tears over the course of this book. I thought the overall message about friendship, social media and what truly defines us was great. Its one I think will resonate well with both high school age readers and those who are a little older but still enjoy YA lit.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
heartjess More than 1 year ago
Great YA Contemporary! *I received a copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.* If you follow my blog, you probably follow me on Twitter.  So you probably know that in the last year, I have become something of a fan of the social media, in some ways liking it more than Facebook.  On Facebook, there is always this pressure to project an image of myself that matches what people see me in real life see me as. It is careful, planned, and practiced.  But on Twitter, I kind of just let it all hang out.  I am much more apt to tell strangers how it is than I am people I have to look in the eyes. And this is very much what #16ThingsIThoughtWereTrue is about.  A young girl, Morgan, is dealing with the fall out from a video of her dancing in boy's underwear to "Sexy and I Know It" while working at an amusement park.  A chance encounter with a co-worker in the bathroom (Amy) leads her to chance encounter with (Adam).  After Morgan finds out her mother is seriously ill and in the hospital, Morgan finds herself falling down the rabbit hole of her life.  While her real life is filled with snickers and rude comments, and the loss of friends, her internet life is booming.  Having over 4,000 Twitter followers, Morgan spends her life in the world of 140 characters. Scared that she may die, Morgan's mother tells her the information she has desperately wished and hoped for all her life -- the name and identity of her father.  After quickly becoming friends with Amy and Adam, Morgan finds herself on a crazy road trip to meet the man who left before she was ever born.  And the road trip to gaining the elusive 5,000 followers. This book was both a light and heavy read.  There were parts of the book that were hilarious and made me think "beach book".  However, as Morgan detaches herself from her internet life and becomes more focused on the real world, the layers of everyone around her begin to deepen the story.  The point I feel the author was trying to make is that sure social media is fun, but there isn't always a chance to really get to know someone in 140 character intervals. The three 'main' characters were all distinctive and fun.  Morgan wasn't perfect by any means, but I felt myself understanding her in a lot of ways.  Amy was blunt and had an incredible personality - everyone should have an Amy in her life.  And Adam was great, because he was just a regular guy. Sometimes in YA we get these book boyfriends who could never exist in real life, but I didn't feel that way with Adam, which was refreshing. The book is about exposing the flaws of people -- every single person in the book does things they are not proud of - and yet, that is what makes them more human.  As Morgan is coming to realize this, she finally gets to find her place in the world -- to see who her father is, as well as what drove her mother to make the decisions she did with her life.  She also gets to see that everyone has a tough life, whether they know their father or not. I really enjoyed the book, found myself laughing and crying, and will definitely be picking up more Janet Gurtler books in the future.  While the book grapples with some tougher issues, it is handled in a way that allows even younger teens to be able to read without hesitation.  I recommend for any tween or teen who loves  a good contemporary book, as well as those who are a tad bit addicted to their internet lives.
LoveBooks222 More than 1 year ago
Made me laugh and cry, really great characters! Loved it a lot!