Review: The Truth About Jack by Judy Gehrman

 The Truth About Jack

 Author: Jody Gehrman
 Genre:  Young Adult, Contemporary

 Publisher:  Entangled Crush
Publication Date: April 14th 2015

My Rating: ★☆  

The Truth About Jack

Goodreads Summary:

Dakota McCloud has just been accepted into a prestigious art school. Soon she’ll leave behind the artists’ colony where she grew up―hippie dad, tofu since birth, yurt―and join her boyfriend and best friend on the East Coast. It was the plan…until Dakota finds out her boyfriend and best friend hooked up behind her back.

Hurt and viciously betrayed, Dakota pours out her heart on a piece of paper, places it in a bottle, and hurls it into the ocean. But it doesn’t quite go where she expects…

Jack Sauvage finds the bottle washed up on the shore and responds to Dakota’s letter. Except what if his straight-laced life doesn’t jive with the free-spirited girl he’s only seen from afar? As Jack creates a persona he believes she’ll love, they slowly fall for each other with each new letter. Now Jack is trying to find a way to make this delicate, on-paper romance happen in real life…without revealing his deception.

(I was sent this through Net Galley from Entangled Publishing in return for an honest review)

This review is spoiler free. 

This story is set on the cutest beach, Luna Cove in Sebastopol, California. This is the artist part of Sebastopol where Dakota McCloud spent/spends her life.

Dakota has just gotten her heart broken when she finds out that her bestfriend, River has hooked up with her boyfriend, Cody at college; Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Dakota’s anger results into writing a letter and putting it in a bottle to throw out to sea. But, she doesn’t have a very good throwing arm.

Jack is tall, dark and handsome. So, we can’t really be angry that he’s kind of a stalker. He’s a …hot stalker. The minute Jack sees Dakota at her favorite coffee shop, his mission is to get to know her. But, not by going up to her! By secretly following her and catfishing her! Weird, I know.

Dakota is a very unique character, she’s artsy and has been home schooled her whole life. Also, she’s very confident which I enjoyed a lot about her. She sees right through the barista, Miles’ who is trying to hit on her every chance he gets. She’s witty and humorous which made me crack a smile or dozens. Since I love coffee so much, my favorite part of this book was Dakota always stopping for Chai at her favorite place, Cafe Vida.

The messages between “Jack” and Dakota were interesting to read. I learned a lot about them as well as Barcelona while reading them. I enjoy books with emails or message format so this added a star for me! They were very cute and I loved the way Dakota felt about them. Her responses and feelings were very realistic.

This book had a lot of Spanish-esque to it, which I didn’t really understand at most parts because 1.) I’m not Spanish 2.) I’ve never taken Spanish or really know Spanish. This is the only flaw I had.

Nonetheless, this book was very cute and a good read! It is suspenseful, funny and realistic. The challenges Dakota goes through are pretty common to happen IRL. It’s just a few months before she’s heading to college and she’s very torn.

Thank you to Entangled Crush Publishing for sending me this book for review!

Go pick this up 🙂



“If only I could believe my own hype.” 

“We don’t get to choose that stuff. We just make do with what we get.”  




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