Book Review: Truth Or Date by Portia Macintosh

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Title: Truth Or Date
Author: Portia Macintosh
Publisher: Carina
Date: April 11st, 2016
Pages: 243
Format: eARC
Source: from Publisher for a review


Synopsis (from Goodreads): 

Falling for the man of her dreams…

Ruby Wood is perfectly happy playing the dating game – until she has a red-hot dream about her very attractive flatmate, Nick. He might spend every day saving lives as a junior doctor, but he’s absolutely the last man on earth that fun-loving Ruby would ever date!

The solution? Focus on all of Nick’s bad points. And if that fails, up her dating antics and find herself a man! So what if she manages to make disapproving, goody two-shoes Nick jealous in the process…

Only, after a series of nightmare first dates, there’s still just one man on Ruby’s mind. Maybe it’s time to admit the truth and dare to ask Nick to be her next date?



Ever since I’ve heard about this book I wanted to read it.
The cover is just adorable, it’s like it shines with positivity and the premise sounded like something I’d enjoy.

The best thing about this novel was the writing style it was wrtitten with.
Even though this was my first time reading Portia Macintosh’s work, the feeling I had while reading this book was like coming home, if you know what I mean.
It was like coming back to something familiar that makes you feel comfortable, if that makes sense.

I can’t say if maybe Macintosh’s voice sounded like the one from my favorite author Sophie Kinsella, or if it’s only me who find the similarity between the two.
No matter what the case is, the point I’m trying to make is that I liked it.

The story follows Ruby, a quirky 28 years old girl who works in a cafe shop.
She doesn’t take life too seriously and has no luck when it comes to guys. She does not give up, though. Going on dates reguraly is what she does. So what if most of them don’t end up too well? One day maybe her dream guy worth keeping will show up, right?

My relationship with Ruby was, in the lack of better words, pretty complicated.
At times I loved her, I liked how silly and funny she was. But at other times, I wanted to shake her. It didn’t help that I didn’t approve what she was trying to do (her main goal) and to be honest, I questioned her morality.

Her best friend Millsy was an interesting character and I liked him better then Ruby. Reading about them together was really fun, but when in the story came Ruby’s brother Woody, it was even better.

Nick was the guy I had a feeling we should all fall in love with.
And I did, for a second. I’m not gonna lie.
However, as the story progressed, that love faded and I ended up not liking him all that much anymore.

Nick’s girlfriend Gwen was my favorite character. I can even say I understood her at some point (when it comes to being annoyed by Ruby and her non-stop presence). I think every girlfriend who’s boyfriend had a roomate like Ruby would want to get rid of her.
I didn’t like how Heather’s character developed. It was like she suddenly lost a big precentage of her IQ level and I feel like the main thing about her personality was there just so we could start on hating her and maybe it was even there as an easier way for the author to make us root for Ruby and Nick.

I like how Ruby and Nick’s relationship developed from „not like“ to „more then like“ trough the story.
The end was a bit rushed.

Overall, a quick and funny read that is perfect for chick-lit lovers.


Book Review: The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman

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Title: The Truth About Jack
Author: Jody Gehrman
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Date: April 15th, 2015
Pages: 242
Format: eARC
Source: from Publisher for a review


Synopsis (from Goodreads)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.



Let me tell you the truth about Jack. He is an insecure kid who falls in obsession at first sight. Not in love, obsession(at least that’s what seemed to me).
He sees Dakota and all of the sudden he has to be near her, he knows she would be the right for him so he starts showing up in the bakery he thinks she would be in. He follows her around and he gives me chills while reading about those scenes.
In the real life, i don’t think any girl would be happy to cross her paths with him. He was a wierdo and I often questioned his intellingence.
No matter if he is insecure, he has no problem in judging others by their look.
I didn’t like his POV and I’m not gonna lie, at times, it felt like torture reading his perspective.
I’m glad that thing changed in the second half of the book.I’m not sure if his voice started to sound better or if I just got used to it.

On the other hand, it was such a pleasure reading Dakota’s POV. She is one very interesting character. She’s the one who saved this book (for me). She is funny and whise, and people she surrounded herself with are interesting as well.
I have never read anything about modern hippies so I enjoyed exploring their community and I wish there were more scenes about them.

The writing style is good.
This was the first Gehrman’s book I read and I doubt it would be the last.
I think she is a good author because she managed for two different POVs to sound totally different and if there weren’t notifications who’s perspective I was reading at time, I wouldn’t have a problem to know it by myself.
She also builted complexed characters solidly. At times I would question why would certain character act the way he did, and then I would remember something that happened in his life before and it would make sense.
I liked that.
I like it when characters have a little bit of gray blended in their peronalities.

Overall, the story was okay, cute at times and while reading I didn’t have that feeling that often comes with reading contemporary YA novel, the one that tells you you’re reading something you’ve already read or seen in the movie. This time, it felt like I hadn’t read anything similar to this novel before.

I know this novel wouldn’t be what it is now without Jack’s perspective, but that very perspective is the reason why I couln’t give this book a decent four stars rating.
Jack and I, we just couldn’t get along!
I often wished this book was written only in Dakota’s perspective so I could give it higher rating, but I understand stories have to have not only enjoyable moments but the ones not so interesting, or maybe ones that could make you feel the way you don’t want to feel as well, to achieve completeness in developing.