Book Review: The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrmen

Published April 19, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog


Title- The Truth About Jack

Author- Jody Gehrman

Publisher– Entangled: Crush

Release Date- April 14, 2014



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.


Dakota’s life was turned upside down when she finds out her boyfriend cheated on her with her best friend. To let out her frustration she decides to write a letter, place it in a bottle, and throw out to sea. Little does she know, it doesn’t get that far and the boy named Jack found it.


I am a huge Nicolas Sparks fan and this book made me feel like this was the young adult version of Message in a Bottle. It had the same feel as that book, but had a different take.


I liked that this book had a duel POV to find out how both Jack and Dakota were feeling. Despite the fact that Jack was wealthy and Dakota lived in a Hippie commune, I think they grew up sheltered from the world. Both of them were home schooled and that made interactions with people their own age a bot sparse.


I liked both Dakota and Jack together, but I do wish he would have just been himself instead of being two different people.


I very much liked this book, but it isn’t one of my top picks. For me it is just missing something.

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