Part of this 4.5 star rating reflects how All That’s True resonated with my experiences at Andi’s age– not all of the details, but but her emotional responses to her parents divorce and the loss of childhood friends. I think many readers will respond to her experiences.
Summary via Goodreads:
“My life was close to perfect-until my brother Alex got killed and my mother started drinking and my father starting having sex with Donna, my best friend’s stepmother, who’s not even thirty years old.”
Thirteen-year-old Andi St. James’ privileged life in Atlanta is interrupted one fall, to say the least. With an equal mix of joy and sorrow, All That’s True follows Andi’s poignant-and sometimes laugh-out-loud-journey to young adulthood, where she struggles with the elusive nature
The character of Andi was what made the book work. I liked Andi’s voice, it was subtle, but clearly that of young teen.
The book was at its most interesting when it explored Andi’s relationships– with her mother, struggling with alcoholism; with her best friend Bridget, who is going through her own upheaval; with her father, who has decided to move on with his life.
She’s self-centered in a normal teen sort of way, but she goes along with her mother signing her up as an alter girl (which she doesn’t like) and to help by reading to residents of a local nursing home (which she’s surprised that she enjoys). She gets involved with a local food bank, and really seems to grow from helping others.
All That’s True is nicely written, and I think the short chapters worked well with the first person narration. The book moved enough to not get mired in the drama of her life, the serious balanced with the serious to Andi (but humorous to us) events like her first Sadie Hawkins dance. It’s a very emotional slice of her life.
I look forward to reading other books by this author.
I received this book from the publisher for review.