Everything I Knew to be True by Rayna York is a YA Contemporary Romance of grief, discovery, and secrets.
“It was never easy for Cassie and her mother, struggling to make ends meet in their tiny apartment in The Bronx, but they had each other and that was enough. When her mother dies suddenly from an aggressive form of cancer, Cassie is forced to finish high school in California while living with the wealthy family of her mother’s closest friend—a women she never knew existed.
Living with the Stantons is the complete opposite of what she’s used to—the massive house, a father figure, and Cody, the spoiled, insanely good-looking son with the bedroom across the hall.
Broken with grief and struggling to fit in, Cassie meets Mila, a female powerhouse that helps her cope with a hidden past, the overwhelming present, and a shared experience no one should have to endure—a nightmare they both thought was over.
Warning: Although this book is classified as Young Adult, I recommended it for mature readers due to explicit language.”
This is a heavier, emotional contemporary that I think is great for YA readers.
We are thrown into a tragic situation when the main character’s mother passes causing her to move with a strange, family friend. But when her mother’s secret past comes to light, everything she thought she knew is thrown into the air.
I think this is a great story that encompasses grief, discovery, and a bit of romance. The writing is engaging and will tug at your emotions throughout the book.
I gave this one 3 out of 5 stars.
Published: 12 May 2019
Publisher: Toad Tree Press
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
How I Read It: eARC from YA Bound Book Tours
*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All of my book reviews contain my honest opinion only and are not influenced in any way.*
“Rayna York grew up with hippie parents that liked to adventure, so being the new kid was always a challenge. Where change was the norm, books were her constant–a way to escape. As an adult, many careers came and went, but writing has always been her passion. Everything I knew to be true is her first published novel.”
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