{Mini} Book Reviews: What I Thought was True, The School for Good and Evil

Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Pages: 422

My Life Next Door, Fitzpatrick’s debut novel, was amazing. It’s easily one of my top 5 contemporaries of all time. I was hoping that What I Thought Was True would make it up there too, but unfortunately, it didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I liked What I Thought Was True, I just didn’t love it. 

I felt like there was too many characters introduced. A lot of them never amounted to anything, or at least, I felt like without their addition, the story could have continued on regardless. I couldn’t even draw much sympathy for our MC Gwen. She was quick to judge others, which is an injustice she and the other permanent islanders battle against the “rich” vacationers every summer.

Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Pages: 488

The School for Good and Evil is one of the most creatives books I’ve read in a long time, perhaps even ever. It’s also one of the funnier books I’ve read because I found myself LOL-ing A LOT. Unfortunately this book is about a 100 pages too long. Especially towards the end, I found myself skimming the pages. A lot happens, back-to-back-to-back and without any time to ruminate I found myself forgetting things that *just happened*. You know it’s bad when you keep hoping a book will finally end. Regardless, I’m very interested in what happens next so I’m sure I will read the sequels.


  1. I have yet to read anything by Huntley Fitzpatrick and need to remedy that soon. I even have My Life Next Door sitting on my bookshelf ready and waiting. Sorry to hear What I Thought Was True didn't live up to that one for you. Between the too-large cast of characters and Gwen being all judgey, seems like this one had a few issues.

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

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