The Lies About Truth by Courtney StevensThe Lies About Truth by Courtney Stevens

The Lies About Truth

byCourtney Stevens

Hardcover | November 3, 2015

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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.

Courtney C. Stevens grew up in Kentucky and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an adjunct professor and a former youth minister. Her other skills include playing hide-and-seek, climbing trees, and being an Olympic torch bearer.Faking Normalis her first novel.
Title:The Lies About TruthFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.09 inPublished:November 3, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062245414

ISBN - 13:9780062245410


Rated 5 out of 5 by from First I've read of this author, not the last What started out as a fun night for five forever friends turned into a tragedy that none walked away from unscarred and the group of five became four. For Sadie, her nightmare didn't end. She is still and will always be scarred as if she needs a reminder of that night. She withdraws from everything, her friends, she becomes home schooled, and other than the doctor she has to see, and Max who is safely in El Salvador and can't see her, her confident is a stuffed Ostrich, Big, who is the keeper of pieces of paper containing her thoughts. If she does go anywhere, she is clothed to cover the scars she wears. Now someone has been dropping off pieces of those secrets that Big has been keeping, in her mailbox. This is primarily Sadie's story as almost a year has passed and she gradually comes back to the life of the living and learns to accept what has happened and move past it but it's also the story of the other three in the group and the healing they all have to so. But Sadie has a secret. Something she hasn't told any of the remaining three. And she isn't the only one with a secret. This book was devoured in a single day, I couldn't put it down. My heart broke for Sadie and the pain she was in. She was such a strong person, a person I would like to have as a friend. I loved following her journey as she makes her way through it all, learns to forgive and crosses off the things on her "healing" bucket list. Great book!
Date published: 2016-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional read about healing It’s been a year since the accident that took Trent’s life and left Sadie with scars on her body, including her face. Max, another survivor from the accident and Trent’s little brother, is the only one who understands her, the only one who gets what she’s going through. And Sadie’s beginning to fall for him. He sees her, not her scars. When the truth about the accident and other secrets begin to come to light, Sadie has to decide if she’s ready to accept it and move on or if she’ll stay stuck in the past. I have been so excited for this book ever since I finished Faking Normal by the same author. I had loved the characters, the growth, and the way sensitive subjects were handled. I had high hopes that this book would, at least, be equal to it. And thankfully, I was not disappointed. There were so many reasons I could list as to why I loved this book. Sadie was an amazing character who was hurting, she was grieving, and she was pushing everyone away except the one person who was safe to talk to because he was in a different country. All she saw was her scars when she looked at herself so all she noticed about other people were their reactions to her scars. It made it easy for her to decide to push them away or to not fully listen to what they were saying – even when they only wanted the best for her. She wasn’t going to be able to move on and accept things until she was ready and the struggle to do that, both for her and the people around her, was so well portrayed. It was slow and painful and a lot of two steps forward, one step back. Max was a great love interest. He was hurting too and the bond that developed between him and Sadie started off by just exchanging e-mails and being able to talk to the one person they each thought would get it. It slowly turned into something more over the course of the year until Max returned. They were taking steps forward together, whether it was talking about Trent or going out in public. Max was sweet and he quickly became one of my favourite book boys. The book dealt with a lot more than just the physical changes to Sadie and the grief over Trent’s death. Both Sadie and Max, and even their friends Gray and Gina who were in a different car but present for the accident, suffered from survivor’s guilt. The tight friendship between them completely changed. It dealt with acceptance and forgiveness and healing. I thought the use of flashbacks and the e-mail exchanges between Sadie and Max were really well used. The flashbacks allowed the reader to see the friendship between Sadie and Trent, and to get to know Trent as a character. It also showed the bond between them all. The e-mails, though we only got to see Sadie’s side of the exchange, showed the developing feeling between Sadie and Max and was the only time Sadie felt uninhibited. She could tell Max anything. Overall, I wouldn’t place this book above Faking Normal but the two books are on the same level for me. They dealt with such different issues and the characters were so different but the themes of friendship and healing were so important to the story. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Straightforward Emotional Read The Lies About Truth was an emotional read that had me cheering for all the characters. It was all about overcoming grief and finding that strength within you and around you to carry on. One year after the death of her close friend, Sadie's still trying to overcome the tragedy. It left her scarred and broken but she wasn't the only one affected. I felt like Max, Gray and Gina were all in just as much pain as Sadie was. The trauma over losing Trent pushed these once inseparable friends apart. Each kept secrets and told lies. "And lies, whether good or bad, always did irrevocable damage." (ARC, p. 210). No one was truly a bad guy though. They each held onto different things and grieved in different ways. How these friends came to accept their losses and repair their friendship was my favourite part in The Lies About Truth. Sadie's (and Trent's) mantra 'a posse ad esse' is a beautiful one. I've never heard it before but now that I have, I'll always remember it. I'm pretty sure we can all live by this motto. Read the book to find out what it means ;) Also encouraging is the fact that Sadie had a to-do list. Throughout the book, she kept track of it, slowly crossing items off. She doesn't end up completing all of them. A few were leftover which in my opinion felt more real and convincing. Healing is a process. A slow one but attainable if you believe in it and keep at it. It's said that Gray, Sadie's ex can't look her in the eyes. At first, it made him seem like a shallow person but then I realize it was probably the guilt. I mourn for their relationship because it sounded like such a sweet one before the accident. Thankfully Max is equally as sweet and super accepting of Sadie. She made progress in moving forward because of him. "Sometimes a hand is an anchor." (ARC, p. 102). Max was the perfect one for Sadie. Extra mentions go to Sadie's awesome parents, especially her mom. They were nothing but supportive, giving Sadie that extra push to go out and live her life again. There's parenting done well! The book resonated on a personal level with me. I have not experienced what Sadie has but I can relate to her wanting to hide from the world because of her scars. I don't have scars but I have a small birthmark on my face. It made me feel insecure and I've used my hair to hide it since I was little. Over time I've learned to let go because I know how I look has nothing to do with who I am. Sadie's very brave. I'm happy she was able to gradually start wearing short sleeves, not hiding her scars (which she even named) behind layers of fabric. It's part of who she is now, just like my birthmark will always be part of who I am :) Despite the heavy atmosphere in the book, there was still tons of laughter and fun. The friendships really stood out for me in The Lies About Truth. It's not even close to perfect but that's exactly what makes them the best.
Date published: 2015-11-09

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR FAKING NORMAL: “Debut novelist Stevens has written a powerful and fast-paced first-person story of a young woman who finds an inner strength she never knew she possessed.”