Truest – Jackie Lea Sommers


Silas Hart has seriously shaken up Westlin Beck’s small-town life. Brand new to town, Silas is different than the guys in Green Lake. He’s curious, poetic, philosophical, maddening– and really, really cute. But Silas has a sister– and she has a secret. And West has a boyfriend. And life in Green Lake is about to change forever.

Truest is a stunning, addictive debut. Romantic, fun, tender, and satisfying, it asks as many questions as it answers.


Beautiful. Luminous. Spiritual.

This is a classic tale of living in a small town and learning how big the world really is (and they didn’t even have to go to college to realize it!). There’s something so special about finding that person who likes the same things you do and truly understands you. Sometimes that happens during the most unfortunate moments and in the wrong circumstances. I’m a sucker for hoping that heady, giddy, “true love” pans out. Maybe there’s something about young summer love that makes everything seem possible.

This book had a big philosophical and spiritual element to it, which I appreciated. I understand how finding God makes grieving easier. He lifts the weight off your back and frees you from the shackles of undeserved, misplaced guilt.

I liked how GOOD most of these kids were. Yes, there were some shenanigans and exploration played a big part. But they were never far off the tracks. West is a good kid. Silas is astoundingly charming. Elliot is a stud. And poor, poor Whit, you deserve so much. All of them do. I truly felt for these characters.

The writing was thoughtful and nuanced. I enjoyed the tone, which had just a tinge of melancholy to it. Well done!

Related Reading

  • The Infinite Moment of Us – Lauren Myracle
  • 99 Days – Katie Cotugno
  • What I Thought Was True – Huntley Fitzpatrick
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Rating: 5/5


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