6 guitar strings. 2 boys. 1 summer to let it all go.
The summer before college, Kate Watts wants to do three things: make music, hang out with her best friend Ashton, and scoop ice cream. With an ailing grandfather, a flaky mom who shows up once every who-knows-when, and a looming tuition bill to pay, Kate doesn’t need any more complications.
But “complications” have a way of finding her.
Like when an infuriating new boy named Rory humiliates her at a party.
Like when her wild cousin Paisley shows up unexpectedly at her doorstep to stay.
Like when she’s offered the chance of a lifetime—but only if she throws away the dream she’s been working for.
Soon, straight-shooting Kate gets swept up in a whirlwind of parties with Paisley, all while falling for hot-and-cold Rory…until she begins to suspect that Rory and Paisley might be keeping a huge secret together. Will Kate have to leave everything behind to untangle the truth—including herself?
The Truth About Boys is a companion novel to The Boyfriend Thief and The Secrets Between You and Me and the third book in Shana Norris’s Stolen Kiss Collection. The Stolen Kiss Collection may be read in any order.
In The Truth About Boys, we meet Kate Watts the summer before college. She’s still trying to determine what her path should be. She loves music and thinks she knows what she wants to major in, but a rare opportunity for a full scholarship to the college she’s attending could mean helping her grandparents/parents with the cost of attending.
But that’s not the only complication in Kate’s life. Her real mom let her parents raise her from the day she was born and she only shows up randomly in her life… that is until her cousin Paisley decides she’s going to spend the summer. Suddenly her mom is around spending all her time with Paisley and she’s definitely confused and not sure what to make of that.
Add a boy to the mix and Kate’s summer has just taken gotten a ton more confusing because this boy is sending her all kinds of mixed signals.
I have to tell you all that I didn’t read the first book in this companion series yet, but I did read book 2 and even though it seems like it was ages ago, I do remember enjoying the writing and the characters and the story arc, so I thought I’d give this one a try as well, and I feel the same about this one. There is definitely drama but it’s not horribly overdone. This story really focuses on family and many different relationships within a family and the complications that come along with one.
Of course the addition of a boy just adds a bit to the drama because Rory here really is a bit confusing. He’s new in town but you know from the start that he’s got more going on than he’s actually revealing.
There are some definite twists towards the end of the story, but nothing that was unexpected and surprising for me. These twists also help Kate make some major decisions about what she wants from her life.
If you’re looking for solid writing and coming of age story that focuses on family and new relationships definitely check this one out!
Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.