Review // The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens


Title // The Lies About Truth
Author // Courtney C. Stevens
Pages // 336 pages
Publisher // HarperTeen
Series // None
Release Date // November 2015
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Sadie Kingston is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scared, 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 – even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she’ll always be trapped in the past.


Heartbreaking and utterly soul -crushing, The Lies About Truth is a brilliant tale of a young girls journey in dealing with the aftermath of an accident. Slightly disfigured and mentally caging herself in, Sadie struggles to deal with the scars an accident left behind. In a story of friendship and living life after terror, Courtney C. Stevens proves that books can be heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.

Night was like Christmas. There wasn’t nearly enough of it to go around, especially in June.

What’s truly captivating about The Lies About Truth is the serious battles Sadie May has to deal with in her path of recovery. As well as loosing her courage, she has lost three of her best friends – one of them permanently. At a young age, things such as these can be crushing for  teenager. The way Sadie deals with her scars is by shutting out the world. This was moving, as it is something we do naturally, everyday even. I appreciate how Courtney C. Stevens was able to portray the pain Sadie felt so well, without making her seem like a moaning, annoying teenage girl.

She was genuinely happy to see me. If only I could reciprocate.

The story line of this book was fabulous. Lies, love and friendship were the three main themes. There is a mystery in the notes that Sadie begins to receive, and readers can understand the frustration she feels when finding a new one. Of course, after reading the book I felt like un-stuffing a teddy of my own and having my own personal Big – but that would be way too messy and a heck of a story to explain to someone.

Some days, blame never entered my mind. I liked those days best. I didn’t want to be an angry jerk who sat around reminiscing about old grievances and pointing fingers, but I couldn’t seem to control the emotion with any accuracy.

Blame. It’s one of those funny things. When something bad happens, and you’re either at the scene or the aftermath – and you know someone hurt or worse – all you think about is blame. You convince yourself its your fault. Then it becomes yours friends fault. Then a strangers fault. Then suddenly, you have no idea who to blame. This book openly explored this, something I admired. It gave the book depth, meaning. As hard as things seem, it shows that you can always move on.

To me, that moment was like putting on contacts in the morning. The blurry world sharpened with crisp understanding. And regret. We’d lied. And lies, whether good or bad, always did irrevocable damage.

And never a truer word spoken.

“Sadie May, you are a wonder of wonders.”

As was The Truth About Lies. Moving, capturing, haunting. Each and every character – including Metal Pete – gave the novel a sense of reality. The story was easy to grasp and well developed. Courtney C. Stevens earned a well deserved 4 out of 5 snowflakes.



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