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I really enjoyed this book! I love to find a good contemporary YA that has a male protagonist as I just don't think there are enough of them.
River is dumped by his long-term girlfriend in the middle of a lake and finds himself stranded there when she drives home without him. On his long walk home, he comes upon a support group and feels like he's found exactly what he needs at that moment in time. The only problem? This is a support group for teens with addictions and saying he's addicted to his girlfriend who just dumped him probably isn't going to do. So he says he has an addiction to marijuana and soon finds himself connecting with other members there. As River connects with a particular girl, Daphne, more and more he realises that he's going to have to be honest.
I really liked River. Over the course of the story, he matures and comes to realise that what he thought he needed or wanted isn't the case at all. Sometimes it takes an event, like a long-term girlfriend dumping you, to see that things changing or being different isn't a bad thing and that's what happened for River. He learns some truths about himself and those around him and ultimately grows up a bit.
I also really loved River's family in this story. His half-sister was so cute and I love how much they cared for each other. It's so nice to see a teen male protagonist who doesn't think he's too cool for his younger sister: he'll still take her for ice cream and make cards with glitter! River's step-dad was also a really great character. Full of wisdom, advice and love, he was an amazing father to River and shows that you don't have to be connected by blood to be a good parent.
Tell Us Something True is thoroughly witty, fast-paced and Reinhardt's writing is flawless. For a story that's not very long, it still hooked me in from page one and didn't let go. This a perfect weekend read to devour in one sitting.