Title // Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru
Author // Tera Lynn Childs
Pages // 245 pages
Publisher // Entangled: Crush
Series // Creative HeARTs, #1
Release Date // September 2015
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When life gives you a blank canvas, make art.
Sloane Whitaker hates everything about moving to Texas. She hates leaving behind her friends and half her family in New York, starting over senior year at Austin’s NextGen Academy, and having to say she lives in Texas. Most of all, she hates that it’s all her fault. If she wants to earn her way back to the Big Apple, she has to prove she can still be the perfect daughter.
Which means no vandalism art, no trouble at school, and absolutely no Tru Dorsey, her serial screw-up neighbor, who loves nothing more than pushing her buttons.
But from the moment he vaults onto the roof outside her bedroom, there is something about him that makes her want to break every rule. Suddenly it’ s not the ten things she hates about Tru that are at the top of her list. It’s the ten reasons she doesn’t want to be without him.
Romance, delinquency and a secret. Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru is definitely my favourite romance novel of the year so far. Tera Lynn Childs’ writing style is effortless and amazing. Her characterisation, while slightly whiny in places, in awesome. I’d definitely buy this book and place it on my shelf.
New York City is the soundtrack of my life.
The book is told (most of the time) from Sloane’s point of view. She did something bad and now her mother has moved her to Austin, Texas for her senior year as punishment. Enter badboy who thinks regular things are too “pedestrian” and so takes to climbing roofs and tapping on windows. Truman ‘Tru’ Dorsey is everything a teenage girl dreams about. Charming, funny and just a pinch of real is enough to make any reader drool. When the story is told from his (heartbreaking) point of view, you just wish you could reach into the book and give him hugs.
I snort. Charming? He’s about as charming as a subway rat.
Sloane is a character that you can’t help but fall in love with. She understands the consequences of what she did, and can’t help but feel trapped in a prison considering how her mother reacts. As a teenager, I can empathise with Sloane. Sure everyone makes mistakes – and some are worse than others yes. But if we went around judging people on every single mistake they have ever made then we would trust anyone Her tendency to feel terrible considering the lives she affected with her stunt is a feat that the reader learns to admire about her. Her Jimminy Cricket keeps tapping her, and she can’t help but feel guilty.
“Let’s leave the past in the past,” he says, “and create a brighter future.”
To be honest, one thing that did bug me was Sloane’s constant desire to get back to New York. Sure, her friends were there. Sure, half her family was there. But in Austin, she has Tru, a guy who cares for her, and honestly, an amazing school which actually doesn’t judge you on what you’ve done before you enrolled. That’s my biggest fault with Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru. Her constant need to repeat that all that matters is going back to NY gets annoying – especially when you’re routing for Sloane to finally get with Tru. It sort of makes you want to slap the girl for being so damn stupid, and blind, to everything placed in front of her.
His smile deepens. “Your eyes glow when you’re pissed.” I’m not the only one who’s pissed.
All round, a great little love story. Not something that deserves big awards, but it is definitely a cute little read. And so for that, Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru earns four out of five snowflakes.
Still unsure on whether this book is the one for you? Have a look at what other bloggers have to say.
Grace @ Grace Books of Love says “I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would.”
Ashley @ Part Time Book Nerd says “There wasn’t a lot going on in this story.”
Tasha @ Head in the Clouds, Heart in the Books says “A relatively short and quick read, it will leave you wanting a sequel, no doubt.”
About Tera Lynn Childs
Tera Lynn Childs is the RITA-award-winning author of the mythology-based Oh.My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever and Just For Fins, and a kick-butt trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa that includes Sweet Venom, Sweet Shadows, and Sweet Legacy. She has published two e-novellas, Goddess In Time and Pretty In Pearls, and self-published her City Chicks sweet chick lit series. Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.