Thursday, October 6, 2016

Blog Tour: The Truth She Knew by J.A. Owenby

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The Truth She Knew by J.A. Owenby
Pages: 238
Publisher: Self Published
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Format: ePub
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆

Mama didn’t want me. In fact, she would’ve traded my soul back for someone different if God would’ve let her, but he didn’t, so she was stuck with me.
For eighteen-year-old Lacey, life at home is a rollercoaster. She doesn’t think she’ll ever be good enough to truly deserve Mama’s love.

But when Lacey enters college and meets Walker, everything starts to change. Suddenly, Lacey is face to face with the realization that maybe what she’s always seen as normal really isn’t. Her entire life—and everything she’s ever believed about herself and her family—is abruptly hanging in midair.

Lacey is left facing two paths, and she has to make a choice. The first means walking away from everything she’s ever known. The other means never really knowing the truth.

The Truth She Knew offers an honest and powerful glimpse into mental illness, the meaning of true love, and the psychological waltz that a daughter dances as she endures her mother’s unpredictable emotions, manipulation, and abuse.

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My Review
I have conflicted feeling towards this book. It mostly has the do with the main character. I couldn't relate to her. I keep wanting to say "you do know you can leave right" but then I would remember that she has grown up with this craziness. Remembering that you can't walk away from something that have been brainwashed into your head by the most important person in your life.

I also didn't care too much for the romance. While there were 'dreamy' Walker moments his character was just unbelievable to be. I also found the dialogue more like a p.s.a. than said in a way that many people would've said it. I'm also glad with what happened in regards to Lacey and Walker's relationship.

I like the concept the story. And when I was able to remind myself that this may be how someone who was brought up in an environment like Lacey's would react  I was able to enjoy the story. So as you can't tell I wasn't wowed by it but I liked enough to finish it. Liked Lacey enough to hope that in book two she is able to find a better life away at college.

About the Author

J. A. Owenby lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats.

She’s a published author of six short stories and is beginning her first full length novel. J.A. doesn’t mess around when it comes to working with a professional team in order to present her best writing.

She also runs her own business and helps people find jobs they love as a professional resume writer.

She is an avid reader of thrillers, romance, new adult and young adult novels. She loves music, movies, and pop tarts. Her downtime consists of a beautiful summer evening, snuggling with her hubby outside underneath the stars. If it’s winter, listening to the rain and watching NFL football.

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Author Links
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My thoughts while reading

Reading Progress

08/26 marked as: currently-reading
08/26 page 44
18.0% "Mama sounds like Mama from Stephen King's Carrie"
08/26 page 57
23.0% "Walker, wow! think I would've ran like faster than Flo Jo"
08/26 page 80
33.0% "Ok, the aunt explains Walker's not running for the hills"
08/29 page 80

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