Gwen Castle's Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her pastor the island—Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.
“Fitzpatrick beautifully portrays a teenager's...dawning awareness of the power of actions and incautiously chosen words... Natural dialogue and authentic characters abound”—Kirkus
“Thoughtful and genuine love story...Evokes the dizzying heights of adolescent passion while remaining down-to-earth”—Publisher’s Weekly, starred review
“An exquisitely drawn portrait of what it means to be balanced on the line between what was and what may come. I was entranced.”—Katja Millay, Author of The Sea of Tranquility
“Utterly luminous. Huntley Fitzpatrick deftly balances the shimmering promise of summer, first love and yearning in an emotionally charged, beautifully written book.”—Kristan Higgins, NYT best-selling author
“What I Thought was True is hauntingly raw, romantic and beautiful.”—Katie McGarry, author of Crash Into You
I was lucky enough to be born to parents who read every kind of written material with interest and enthusiasm, and let me do the same. From the start I searched for books that let me fall in love... with the story and with the boy.Continue Reading