4.5 stars for me, although part of that is how the book resonated with my experiences at Andi's age. Not the details, but but her emotional responses to her parents divorce and the loss of childhood friends.The character of Andi was what made the book work. I liked Andi's voice, it was subtle, but clearly that of young teen. The book was at its most interesting when it explored Andi's relationships-- with her mother, struggling with alcoholism; with her best friend Bridget, who is going through her own upheaval; with her father, who has decided to move on with his life. She's self-centered in a normal teen sort of way, but she goes along with her mother signing her up as an alter girl (which she doesn't like) and to help by reading to residents of a local nursing home (which she grows to enjoy). She gets involved with a local food bank, and really seems to grow from helping others.The book is nicely written, and I think the short chapters worked well with the first person narration. The book moved enough to not get mired in the drama of her life, the serious balanced with the serious-to-Andi events like her first Sadie Hawkins dance. I look forward to reading other books by this author.
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"My life was close to being perfect until my brother Alex got killed. Then my mother started drinking and my father started having sex with Donna, my best friend's stepmother. She's not even thirty years old."
With an equal mix of joy and sorrow, All That's True follows Andi's poignant-and sometimes laugh out loud-journey to young adulthood, where she struggles with the elusive nature of truth and the devastating consequences of deception.
"Jackie Lee Miles is a wise and perceptive writer with a keen understanding of human frailties."-Julie Cannon, author of Truelove and Homegrown Tomatoes
"Perfect in voice and detail, chock full of girl talk and seat-of-the pants crises, Miles' book is a winner." -Rosemary Daniell, award-winning author of Secrets of the Zona Rosa: How Writing (and Sisterhood) Can Change Women's Lives
"Miles is a fascinating new voice in Southern fiction. Readers will rejoice." -Karin Gillespie, author of Bet Your Bottom Dollar
"For those of us looking for relationships that feel authentic, you will find them in this novel!" -Edward Mooney, Jr. author of The Pearls of the Stone ManAll That's True - eBook
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