April 2, 2015
Hello everyone and welcome to our Tour Stop for
The Truth About Us by Janet Gurtler
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Flynn’s from the wrong side of the tracks, but he may be just right for Jess…
The truth is that Jess knows she’s screwed up. She’s made mistakes, even betrayed her best friend, and now she’s paying for it. Her dad is making her spend the whole summer volunteering at the local soup kitchen.
The truth is that she wishes she was the carefree party girl everyone thinks she is. She pretends it’s all fine. That her “perfect” family is fine. But it’s not. And no one notices the lie…until she meets Flynn. He’s the only one who really sees her. The only one who really listens.
The truth is that Jess is falling apart, and no one seems to care. But Flynn is the definition of “the wrong side of the tracks.” When Jess’s parents look at him, they only see their differences, not how much she and Flynn need each other. They don’t get that the person who shouldn’t fit into your world might just be the one who makes you feel like you belong.
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Me – Janet Gurtler
- I never got to meet either of my grandfathers. I always kind of wished I’d had a Grandpa. There’s an old guy, a Grandpa figure in The Truth About Us. His name is Wilf (short for Wilfred which I don’t think I ever reveal). That’s the name of my mom’s dad, the Grandpa I never met.
- I have a brother who is only 11 months older than I am. That’s called some kind of twin. We are the same age every year for 4 days.
- Loud music is a happy place for me. If you ever drive by me when I’m alone in my car, you will see me singing along with loud music at the top of my lungs. I will not be embarrassed to be caught.
- When I was 18 I was a DJ in a night club. I did this for a few years. I’m quite shy but I don’t mind public speaking at all. Which is kind of weird. (Confession. I am kind of weird)
- I live in Canada but I hate winter. A lot. I also don’t like extreme heat. Fussy much. My favorite temperature is about 25C which is about 77F. (confession- I had to goggle to get Fahrenheit conversion)
RITA Award finalist Janet Gurtler’s young adult books have been chosen for the Junior Library Guild Selection and as Best Books For Teens from the Canadian Children’s Book Center. She has had her writing compared to Judy Blume and Jodi Picoult and that makes her happy. She has volunteered at a few soup kitchens and hopes to do more. Giving back is so important. Janet lives in Okotoks, Alberta, Canada, with her husband, son, and a chubby black Chihuahua named Bruce.
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