Monday, March 31, 2014

YA Pick: #16thingsIthoughtweretrue

by Janet Gurtler
Sourcebooks Fire
304 pages
ISSBN: 9781402277979

Sensitive and engrossing, #16thingsithoughtweretrue portrays a girl caught up in the Twitterverse  who chooses to have online friends and live life with her Internet buddies. When co-workers and soon to be friends Adam and Amy point out that they are real and present and the people online are not present and do not "know" Morgan, she disagrees. She would rather bask in the glory of 5,000 followers than work at a relationship with real people.

When her mom drops a family secret bombshell at the hospital, Morgan realizes that she has a chance to meet the father she never knew. She gets his address in Canada and plans to travel to his house and confront him. Amy offers to drive and Adam offers to come along for the road trip. The three set off on a road trip where they find out that they share some wishes and dreams.

Morgan meets her father who is dumbstruck that he ever had a daughter; he didn't even know she existed as Morgan's mom never told him that she was pregnant eighteen years ago. She never wrote him or called him to tell him that he had a daughter. Now Morgan directs her anger back to her mother. All these years, she thought her dad had abandoned her, but now she finds out, he never knew about her.

Amy shares a troubling secret and Adam and Morgan get closer. Be ready for a tear-jerker ending. Have your box of tissues ready.

Recommended grade 9-up. Mature subject matter.

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