While The Truth About Us isn’t as edgy as Simone Elkeles’ Perfect Chemistry, I think it is something that Elkeles fans will enjoy. Rich girl, poor boy and adults who would love to keep them apart. When you find that one person who just “gets” you, even if no one else can see how you two fit together, it is hard to imagine letting it go without a fight (at least in books).
When rich girl, Jess, gets caught behaving badly, her father insists she volunteer at a local shelter and it changes her perspective on life. When she meets Flynn and his little brother, patrons of the soup kitchen, her perspective on love gets a make-over as well. But no one seems to think the spoiled rich girl and the boy from the wrong side of the tracks belong together, including Flynn. This was a nicely paced and well written YA contemporary romance. The well worn tale of rich girl, poor boy gets a nice revamp thanks to the complications in each of the main character’s households. Jess was a character that I had a hard time liking at first, but as the picture of her life became clearer, I grew to see her good qualities more than her flaws. I think there was a nice cast of minor characters, and I had an especial fondness for the cranky old man that Jess befriends. Flynn was a good romantic interest right up until he wasn’t, and I had some trouble following his motives at the very end. I was a little dissatisfied by the resolution, but I do think it is a realistic ending, so I was pleased that it was not as predictable as I assumed it would be. Overall, I was quite taken with this book. It was a more complex story than I expected from the cover and blurb, and there were nice messages about friendship, family, and responsibility.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.