The Lies About Truth

The Lies About Truth

by Courtney Stevens

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In the same vein as Jandy Nelson and Gayle Forman comes a novel from the gifted author of Faking Normal, Courtney C. Stevens, about hope and courage and the struggle to overcome the pain of loss.

Sadie Kingston is living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can't move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent's brother, Max.

As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she's unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him. But Max looks at her scars and doesn't shy away. And Max knows about the list she writes in the sand at the beach every night, the list of things that Sadie knows she must accomplish before she can move on from the accident. And while he can help her with number six (kiss someone without flinching), she knows she's on her own with number three (forgive Gina and Gray) and the rest of the seemingly impossible tasks that must be made possible before she can live in the now again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062245434
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/03/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Courtney “Court” Stevens grew up among rivers, cornfields, churches, and gossip in the small-town South. She is a former adjunct professor, youth minister, and Olympic torch bearer. She has a pet whale named Herman, a band saw named Rex, and several books with her name on the spine: Faking Normal, The Lies About Truth, Golden Kite Honor Book and Kirkus Best Book of the Year Dress Codes for Small Towns, and Four Three Two One. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. You can visit her online at

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The Lies About Truth 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
4.5 crowns, but we are rounding up because me being a mess of feels is really influencing this review. Do you ever just read a book that leaves you feeling good? Like, really good? Like, really, really good? Like you can take on the world and do all the things you're scared of and makes you just feel GOOD? Because besides being a mess of feels and I'm also a disc on repeat. This isn't one of those books that are fast paced or really has one of those magical things called A Plot. Yes, there was the whole mystery of who is sending notes, but it was honestly a super unnecessary plot that did pay off somewhat in the end, but I kind of constantly forgot about it? It's not going to be for everyone, but if you love those drawn out stories full of healing, self-journey and discovery, and just deep characterization, this is one of those perfect books that does it well. At times, yes, it does become boring and I will admit that I skimmed a bit in the flashback parts. And yes, it does have a slow beginning. But after a while, I somehow just got massively deep in this book and before I knew, I was so invested that I couldn't dream of stopping because I was so in love with our heroine's journey. I really did enjoy the characters quite a bit. Sadie was so much love. I felt so very deeply for her, and her journey was so moving. She understood what kind of mistakes that she made or what those made around her, and she took responsibility for her actions. She also confided in those that loved her, and I mean, I honestly didn't have any need to yell at her for making stupid decisions. She was brave and strong, and she's honestly one of the best heroines that I read to showcase emotional strength. I did enjoy the side characters as well. I adored Max. He was so sweet, and I got him as well. He was super swoony. I think the complexities and dynamics of Gray, Gina, and Trent were interesting as well. Even though I didn't know-know them, I still got them and liked them as side characters. And can we talk about Sadie's parents?????? Omigosh, I LOVED THEM. They had such a wonderful relationship with Sadie, and honestly one of the best parents-daughter relationship that I've seen in YA. MY HEART. THE FEELS. I CAN'T DEAL. They were always there for her, always rooting her on, but got it when she needed her space. The writing was fantastic as well. Stevens just has an ease to her writing, and I found myself just breezing through her work so quickly. This really pulled me in, and I was so captivated by it. I haven't really been pulled in emotionally and 100% invested in such a while in a character's journey. Sometimes I try to figure out what genre of books I love the most - and these kind of contemporary books make me think this genre might take the book cake for me. So many feels. Overall, this book turned out to be something so much more than I thought it could be, and it showcases such a great story of self journey and discovery. If you're looking for a book that will hit you hard in the feels and take such an intense look at characterization and love and loss and how to heal when your scars aren't just on the inside or outside, this is just a wonderful book. 4.5 crowns and an Anna rating!
AReadingRedSox More than 1 year ago
had a lot of mixed feelings about this book. There were some expertly plotted moments in the novel, but I really wasn't a huge fan of the characters, and there were times when it just felt to inspirational-brochure for me. However, I'd definitely FAKING NORMAL by Courtney C. Stevens; it brings the great writing about this book, but with more authenticity.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
I really have no words as to how to begin this review. This book really hit me hard, as I can relate to Sadie so well. I obviously do not want to turn this into a personal review, but where she is, what she's gone through, and how she wants to change is one I can deeply relate to. Sadie bears both the physical and emotional scars of an accident that not only claimed the loss of her friend, but she has also lost her boyfriend and best friend to her inability to cope with what's happened. She is very much stuck in the past and while she has made a list of things that will help push her forward, she is having trouble following through. Sadie has to come to terms with what's happened and must move on from there. I think one of the greatest lessons this book presents is that it's not possible to go back in time. You can't live in the past and too much has happened to pretend you can go back to being the way you once were. This is one thing Sadie understands. She has to somehow figure out how to be happy again and at peace with the past. She doesn't want to forget those happier times, but it's time to forge new memories and find happiness as who she is now. Max plays a big part in helping Sadie attain this. However, I loved that he wasn't one to fix her. Sadie was the only one who could find that place she needed to be in order to move on. She has a great support system with Max, her parents, and her therapist, but SHE is the one to take a deep breath and jump in. Max was great. I adored him and how he thought she was beautiful scars and all. They found a kindred spirit in one another and let the other heal and let everything out through their emailing back and forth. My only wish is that we would have seen Max's emails to her as well, instead of just her responses. Sadie's parents are full of awesome. I love how present they are in her life and how they are there to help her. They don't want to push her too hard, but they won't let her hide herself away either. It was important to see how much of a role their relationship played in this book. Which brings us to Sadie's boyfriend (well, ex now) and best friend. Things are complicated with Gray and Gina, especially after Sadie pushes them away. She knows she needs to forgive them and tell them the truth about something that happened in the past, but she can't quite seem to find the ability to do it, with Gray not able to look at her straight on and Gina constantly apologizing herself. They all carry secrets of the past and need to be able to lay them out there and then learn to forgive and move on. Until that happens, they will remain in their current state of awkward limbo. That's what's great about this book. We see these characters growing and learning and moving forward into adulthood. They have all shared similar grief at the loss of their friend and now they have to find a way to accept this new existence of theirs and be able to be happy with it. It's definitely an emotional story, but I think it's one that's very much worth reading.
KALKY More than 1 year ago
Sadie Kingston is a high school student who has survived the car accident that killed one of her best friends. She has physical and mental scars from the crash, and she has removed herself from almost everything and everyone she found important before the accident. Let me start by saying that it's pretty rare for me to give a book a five star rating. It's even more rare for me to give two books by the same author five stars. Therefore, it's pretty astonishing to find myself saying that I rank THE LIES ABOUT TRUTH by Courtney Stevens as one of the top five contemporary YA books I've ever read--with her first book, FAKING NORMAL, being another of those 5. As in the first book by Stevens, THE LIES ABOUT TRUTH is about teens who are broken by some of life's greatest challenges. Stevens's characters confront a dark and heavy issue with strength and wisdom. That said, they aren't freakishly strong nor unnaturally wise. They're just teenagers who are making mistakes and then trying to undo those mistakes as best they can. As I read, I embraced their weaknesses as much as their strength. Stevens has some beautiful sentences enmeshed in the difficult subject matter and she shows amazing talent for writing. She also proves to be an apt teacher because THE LIES ABOUT TRUTH gives the reader lessons on grieving, loving, friendship, and forgiveness--and she does so without relying on stereotypes and formulas. For that, I am incredibly grateful. With this book, Courtney Stevens has taken a place on my short list of authors whose books I will buy the instant they hit the shelves.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars (all kinds of awesome) I wanted to read this one because I was interested in the premise of the car accident and scars, and to top that off, I loved Courtney's first book Faking Normal. I absolutely adored this one. From the messy emotions of losing a close friend in a crash the she survived while in the same car, to the scars that adorn her whole body including her face. She is brave to me but she is self conscious of her appearance. She doesn't want to show skin or do much outside the house when people are around. But she begins to meet her goals by doing things like running in shorts at night, and then she makes so much progress when max comes back home. It is a complicated dynamic because he is her long time friend but also Trent (the dead friend's) brother. He looks so much like Trent used to and some of same mannerisms but he is his own person.. He had been in el Salvador with his parents but he has been emailing with Sadie the whole time. They found solace in one another and a safe place to share memories, and pain, and help each other heal. I loved their easiness together, the way they could communicate unspoken but could also say what was on their mind without worry of being judged. They are sweet together, and my respect level for Max in how he treats her is through the roof. He challenges her in a good way, but also realizes that she has limitations and he supports her and gets her out of holding her hand as an act of solidarity doesn't work. He sees the girl Sadie is and who she is on the inside. Sadies ex boyfriend can't even look her in the eyes anymore and cheated with Sadie sort of ex best friend. Grey tries to fix things but it is to far gone especially since he had a hard time sticking by her with her surgeries, rehab, and changed appearance. There is a mystery mixed in with all of this too. Sadie has a stuffed animal that she took the stuffing out and over the years she has written little notes in it-- everything from angst, to secrets. And someone has been typing papers that say verbatim things that she wrote and put in the stuffed animal. She isn't sure if its a taunt or if it is meant to be a comfort. That said, the character development and complicated relationships are what drives the story and what makes me love it. I liked how much her parents were a part of Sadie's healing and life. They are friends with Max's parents as well, and the families spend time together. Sadie's mom is good at encouraging her, knowing when to push her and when to coddle and cuddle a bit. Along that lines, I also liked that she had other healthy for her relationships with other adults. Sadie's therapist had a positive impact on her, and she also spent time with a guy at the junk yard where Trent's car was kept and they would do scavenger hunts, and he helped her look differently at life, and was a constant presence and another that she doesn't mind if he sees her scars. I loved the ending and how everything wrapped up. The growth that Sadie had, what she realized about loving others, forgiveness of them and of herself, the importance of the truth even when it can cut like a knife. Quotes I really liked that show things I love about the book: "Maybe forgiving ... wasn’t letting go of what they’d done or dulling it down. Maybe forgiveness was giving the past less power to hurt me. Or even building new memories that were stronger than the painful ones. We’d done a little bit of that ton
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
Courtney Stevens won me over with her writing in Faking Normal last year. She addresses such sensitive issues in a very mature and tactful manner. I love this approach especially in YA books, where teens can really benefit from reading these books. Sandie and her friends were in a horrible car accident which took the life of one member of their group, Trent. Now the others are trying to get on with their life after Trent’s loss, but there’s more to that than just the grief. They also all seem to be carrying around one secret or another. Sadie is also carrying around very physical aftereffects of the accident in the shape of scars on her body which she constantly feels the need to cover up with her clothing. Together this group of friends will learn, grow, and change over the course of their grieving. “Maybe forgiveness was giving the past less power to hurt me. Or even building new memories that were stronger than the painful ones.” I’d have to say this story is rather character-driven. It took me quite a while to really warm up to Sadie. I did like Max right off the back (total swoon!), and the flashbacks of Trent were probably my favorite part as he seemed like someone I would be friends with in real life. But I honestly could have done without Gray… or at least so MUCH of Gray. I didn’t really like him, so his parts were what made this story drag a bit for me. Overall, I really enjoyed this sweet story! I’ve been loving the emotional stories we’ve been seeing in this genre lately. A lot of strong friendships and family bonds, beautiful messages regarding love and loss, and the coming-of-age growth that’s always important for these books. I’m so happy to say this is another fantastic book from Courtney Stevens! (Thanks to HarperTeen for the review copy!)