New to You (21): April reviews The Lies About Truth by Courtney Stevens {giveaway}

Welcome to New to You!

This idea came along last year when I was supporting Lauren Miller’s newest book All Things New and I asked Kelsey to read and review Parallel, a book I have read more than once. I didn’t really get it going until December when I offered people the chance to sign up to read and review a book that has been a favorite of mine that they have never read. I got a great response and I’m happy to tell you (minus January) you will see a New to You post twice a month.


Next up for New to You is April from Between the Pages. I feel like I have been suggesting books to April for ages so it was great when she signed up and I had two more to choose from to have her read. It was a tough call but in the end I thought The Lies About Truth would be a good fit for her. Let’s see what she thought:

New to You (21): April  reviews The Lies About Truth by Courtney Stevens {giveaway}The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens
Published by HarperTeen
Published: June 6, 2017
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This story from Courtney 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.

So this was a book that I was interested in reading, but kept putting off. I’m not sure why I did, but I did. So when I saw Andi’s New To You feature come out, I was intrigued and decided to sign up, knowing whatever book Andi assigned to me was going to be worth reading. Andi has yet to lead me astray when I ask for book recommendations. So I read it, finally, and I’m glad I did.This is the story of Sadie, a teenage girls whose life changed due to a car accident that took the life of one of her friends, and changed the dynamic of the rest of her friendships. This story was very relatable, not because I’ve been through what the characters have, but because the friendships involved changed throughout the story. I feel like this is something that happens in real life as well. I also loved that Sadie had parents that were there for her, and wanted to be there.

Because of the Accident Sadie closes herself off from her friends, not wanting to be around them, then by a chance encounter we start seeing how they sort of become friends again in a different way, maybe not as close as before, but the friendship is there. The story evolves as the characters become different people, and truths are uncovered, truths that could change things in bad ways, but maybe allow the characters to grow in a good way.  By the end of the story each character, at least to me, seems different from the start of the book, but it was great to see them grow and change throughout the story.

I have to admit I struggled with the book while I was reading it, not because of the content of the story but because I was slightly disappointed that parts of the story were one-sided to me. I would have liked to have seen more of Max’s answers to Sadie, then just trying to guess what he wrote based on what she did.

All in all I was glad I finally read this book.


Thanks April for signing up for New to You. I happy you finally got to read this one. I need a reread. I devoured it when I read it and never got around to my review.

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The Book Outlet (2)

In May I did a post highlighting some books I took notice of when browsing the Book Outlet’s website. I polled my Twitter followers and according the the results people wanted another one. So here I am, back with more books I found currently at the Book Outlet. Please keep in mind prices and available stock are subject to change.

Books I’ve Loved

1) Scarlet – A. C. Gaughen ($3.19)
2) When We Collided – Emery Lord ($3.19)
3) The Lies About Truth – Courtney Stevens ($3.19)
4) Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls – Lynn Weingarten ($2.19 Scratched/Dented)
5) Emmy & Oliver – Robin Benway ($3.19)
6) Vanishing Girls – Lauren Oliver  ($3.19)

Series I Need to Finish

1) The Taking – Kimberly Derting ($4.29)
2) Snow Like Ashes – Sara Raach ($3.19)

Books I Need to Read

1) This Adventure Ends – Emma Mills ($3.19)
2) Girl Against the Universe – Paula Stokes ($3.19)
3) Foolish Hearts – Emma Mils ($5.89)

And there you have it, some of my recent finds on the Book Outlet.

Have you read any of these? Are any of these in your cart? Do you like these posts? Tell me in the comments!

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Review: Faking Normal – Courtney Stevens

Review: Faking Normal – Courtney StevensFaking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Published by HarperCollins
Published: February 25th 2014
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Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in "the Kool-Aid Kid," who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


First thing first, Faking Normal far exceeded my expectations. I obviously knew I wanted to read it as the description sounds emotional and deep and a pretty great concept of a book, and I wouldn’t have requested an advanced copy if I wasn’t interested, but even starting the book I didn’t let myself expect much. I was just rolling with it, even when the unexpected God theme popped up. But I have to tell you Stevens really did a remarkable job with telling this story of hurt and healing and I’m really excited that I read it.

Faking Normal is about Alexi, a high school junior that was completely changed over the summer and is hiding it from everyone. Something happened to her and she won’t talk about it. Instead she hides in her closet and takes control by hurting herself and counting compulsively. On the outside she seems normal to everyone, well almost everyone. Bodee, Lex’s neighbor dealing with this own tragedy, can see the truth. And when Bodee unexpectedly moves in with Alexi and her family she finds herself not only having someone to confide in, but a shoulder to cry on, a hand to hold, and someone she can trust. What starts out as two broken teens trying to putting back together the pieces of their shattered lives may just be the story of two people helping each other heal and survive.

It’s hard to put into words what I really loved about this book. I don’t want to get too deeply into the plot as there is some stuff that the reader needs to discover on their own. There are some twists and turns and a degree of unknowing that is involved in what happened to Alexi and with some of the ways she is coping. What I can say is that Alexi was a great character. There was something about her that was just likable. She was broken, no denying that, and she had trouble standing on her own, but it was understandable. And I really liked that she didn’t care what people thought when it came to Bodee. She brought him into her fold without really even thinking about it much. And through all of this you could still see and feel her pain and your heart went out to her as a reader.

However, as much as I liked Alexi, Bodee stole the show for me. Much like Corey Livingston in Colleen Clayton’s book What Happens Next, Bodee was exactly the right person for Lex at the exact right time. He had been in her life, on the peripheral, since they were small, but became a huge piece of her and her him, right when they both needed it most. I know to some it may seem fast how quickly they came to trust and rely on each other, but I actually found that to be a nice touch. Sometimes it’s possible to have someone always be there that you never noticed before and for them to be your best friend. Bodee helped Alexi heal in some way and they both showed each other goodness in the world. I seriously just loved Bodee and when you read it you will too.

Basically this book was a story of strength and loss and healing and faith(religious and in people in general). There were sweet moments mixed in with some painful situations and they all balanced each other out. The end felt a little rushed, but that aside, this book should be a definite must read. I know I’m glad I did it. I look forward to what the author has I store for us next.


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