Skip to main content

And Then I Found Out the Truth

And Then I Found Out the Truth is the sequel to the delightful And Then Everything Unraveled, by the now beloved-by-me author Jennifer Sturman.

If you have not yet picked up and read your copy of And Then Everything Unraveled after Monday's review, then you need to go yonder and do so - avoiding this review like the plague. This review will hold nothing but spoilers of the first book and will burn your eyes if you try to read it (or I wish I could make it do that - as I hate people spoiling their personal reading experience!).

You have been warned.

Okay - so all of us who HAVE read And Then Everything Unraveled clamored for the sequel, right? Right.

Let's do a little recap of where we left off - Delia found out that she was correct in her assertions and her mother was truly alive and well and hiding out in South America with a potential new boyfriend (which Delia wasn't so sure she liked, but whatever, her Mom is alive!).

Some Bad People wanted T. K. dead and believed themselves to be successful. The tricky part now is to keep letting these Bad People think this, until Delia and company can build a good enough case against them to bring T. K. home.

In the meantime, Delia failed a test (though she doesn't think getting 44 answers right out of 100 is bad at all) and everybody is insisting she study - which makes her mystery solving and vanquishing of evildoers a whole lot harder. But she's still got Natalie, her brilliant but suddenly and inexplicably boy-crazy friend, her perhaps clinically insane but gorgeous and classic teen movie-loving Aunt Charley, and uptight and sometimes quite scary Aunt Patience.

Not to mention the tiny psychic that gets quite irritated with Delia about not believing her completely and totally.

And then there's Quinn... the guy who's kissed her twice but suddenly seems to be avoiding her. Does it have something to do with his potentially up-to-no-good father, or has he just lost interest?

Who knows? But Delia is as determined as ever to figure it all out.

So any of you who read my review of And Then Everything Unraveled know that I absolutely, positively adored it. Well, I'll admit I was super excited about reading this second book, and my expectations were high.

Maybe that's why I was a teeny, tiny bit disappointed...

Okay - don't flip out! Let me finish!!!

And Then I Found Out the Truth felt a bit slower to me, and with initial mystery of whether or not T. K. was alive being resolved, some of the clue-finding dampened. But all of this was small potatoes compared to my biggest pet peeve - too much recap!!! It seemed like every other paragraph of the first half of the novel was a summary of some information, scene, or something from And Then Everything Unraveled. It kind of pulled the momentum back and got a bit annoying.

HOWEVER - once that finally calmed down, I began to settle back into the lovely, eccentric cast and awesomeness of the book.

See, I told ya to let me finish!

I think it was just because I was so ready to continue the story, that I was irritated with the recaps. If it had been a while since I had read And Then Everything Unraveled it probably wouldn't have bothered me in the slightest. But I had JUST read And Then Everything Unraveled and was ready to take off from where we left off.

Once I got over that, the fabulous dialogue, hilarious characters and situations, and tracking down and catching of the Bad People had that same sense of fun and whimsy that I loved about And Then Everything Unraveled. And an excellent new development: more time with Gwyneth, a look into her seemingly absent personality, which manages to be both fascinating, terrifying, and truly and honestly awesome.

This mish mash of a family is both nonstop funny and warm, leaving And Then I Found Out the Truth to be exciting, romantic, and wholly entertaining - my doubts and fears of the recap-filled first half left in the dust, forgotten. And a hope for a third novel fluttering in my bibliophile heart.


Cozy in Texas said…
Thanks for the review.

Popular posts from this blog

Real Live Boyfriends

Real Live Boyfriends is a YA contemporary novel by E. Lockhart, and the fourth novel in the Ruby Oliver quartet.

Here we are on the last day of “Ruby Oliver Week” and if you aren’t already reading these books – well, why not?

But I’m more than sure most of you are – and hopefully you’re all caught up, and therefore not at risk of being spoiled by my review of Real Live Boyfriends. You’ve been warned!

Ruby Oliver is beginning her senior year of high school with a real live boyfriend: Noel.

At least she thought she was.

After having spent the rest of junior year and the beginning of summer being fully in love (okay, they never actually said the word, but the vibes were strongly in that direction), Ruby is now confused.


When Noel went to visit his brother in New York for a while, almost every day they talked on the phone and exchanged funny emails. She never once felt insecure.

Until all of a sudden – communication stopped. Ruby would call and he wouldn’t answer. She’d leave a voice mai…

Titanic: S.O.S.

S.O.S. is the third and final book in Gordon Korman's middle-grade Titanic trilogy.

This is the third book in a trilogy, book addicts! You must, I repeat, must read the first two books (Unsinkable and Collision Course) before you read this review. Otherwise you are just going to ruin all the twists! Sure, we know the Titanic sinks - but the surprises that are revealed about our characters, among other things, should not be spoiled!

But all of you that have read the first two books (which I hope are many of you, because this a great series), can rest assured that I won't spoil anything from S.O.S. itself - just a basic recap and my opinion.

Here goes:

The Titanic is sinking. No one wants to believe it, but the bow is almost imperceptibly starting to dip into the freezing Atlantic Ocean - and our four main characters are thrown into a race for survival.

Paddy is locked up below deck, having finally been caught as a stowaway. In one cell over are the very criminals that wish him dead…

#YAStandsFor Daily Social Challenge... Day 5!

In my final day of participating in the I Read YA Week celebration (you can keep partying, it goes on through Monday!), I found myself presented with a new challenge of: Create a graphic showcasing an inspirational YA quote.

I'm not super tech savvy and I've never created a graphic before. But with just a little Google searching and a download of an app, I was able to create this:

Thanks for joining me this week! I hope you all enjoyed it! Please follow or subscribe for notifications of new posts and reviews upcoming on the Bibliophile Support Group!