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Peek Inside The Truth About Jack

Dakota McCloud pours out her heart on a piece of paper, places it in a bottle, and hurls it into the ocean. Loner and piano prodigy Jack Sauvage finds the bottle washed up on the beach and responds to Dakota's letter?only he can't admit who he really is. Or even that they live in practically the same town. With each letter, they're slowly falling for each other. Now Jack is trying to find a way to make this delicate, on-paper romance happen in real life...without revealing his deception.

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"The Truth About Jack certainly ticked all the boxes for me. It was funny and sweet and romantic and left me with the warm glowies after I’d finished it." -Claire, Book Blog Bird

Dakota McCloud has just been accepted into a prestigious art school. Soon she’ll leave behind the artists’ colony where she grew up—hippie dad, tofu since birth, yurt—and join her boyfriend and best friend on the East Coast. It was the plan…until Dakota finds out her boyfriend and best friend hooked up behind her back.

Hurt and viciously betrayed, Dakota pours out her heart on a piece of paper, places it in a bottle, and hurls it into the ocean. But it doesn’t quite go where she expects…

Jack Sauvage finds the bottle washed up on the shore and responds to Dakota’s letter. Except what if his straight-laced life doesn’t jive with the free-spirited girl he’s only seen from afar? As Jack creates a persona he believes she’ll love, they slowly fall for each other with each new letter. Now Jack is trying to find a way to make this delicate, on-paper romance happen in real life…without revealing his deception.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains references to missed connections, mistaken identities, and lots of misbehavior. It may give you all the swoony feels.


"The Truth about Jack was the first great contemporary read of the year that I really enjoyed." ~ The Nerd Girl Review

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633752085
Series: The Passionflower Chronicles, Book 1
Release Date: Apr 14, 2015
Page Count: 250
Imprint: teen crush
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: bait and switch, friends to lovers, overcoming odds, relationship in trouble

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By Emma April 16, 2015

The Truth About Jack is one of those books that bring on the warm and fuzzies in spades ;)

Initially, it is easy to think of Dakota and Jack as completely opposite due to their upbringing. Jack is from a privileged but over-protective background while Dakota has grown-up free-spirited... ...more

By Rivalie April 18, 2015

(Copy sent to me by Entangled Crush - my thoughts are completely my own)

3.75 out of 5 stars

The Truth About Jack follows Dakota McCloud and her message in a bottle. After finding out that her best friend and boyfriend have hooked up in the East Coast while she's finishing high school i.../>

By Mandy April 04, 2015

4.25 stars for this unique teen romance. On the same day Dakota finds out she's been accepted in to her top choice art school, she gets an email from her best friend admitting that she hooked up with Dakota's boyfriend. Devastated by this betrayal, Dakota goes to the beach where she finds an empt... ...more

By Claire April 23, 2015

I received a copy of the Truth About Jack in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Entangled Publishing. this review is also on my blog:

Dakota lives in an artists’ colony in California. She has her own yurt, works in an herbalist’s shop, drinks a bunch of chai and isdesperate to...

By Irena April 03, 2015

3,75 stars to be very precise.

Let me tell you the truth about Jack. He is an insecure kid who falls in obsession at first sight. Not in love, obsession (at least that's what seemed to me).
He sees Dakota and all of the sudden he has to be near her, he knows she would be the right for him so he...

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About the author

Jody Gehrman

Jody Gehrman is a native of Northern California, where she can be found writing, teaching, reading, or obsessing over her three cats most days. She is also the author of ten novels and numerous award-winning plays. Her Young Adult novels include The Truth About Jack, Audrey's Guide to Black Magic, Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft, Babe in Boyland, Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, and Triple Shot Bettys in Love. Babe in Boyland was optioned by the Disney Channel and won the International Reading Association's Teen Choice Award. Her adult novels are Bombshell, Notes from the Backseat, Tart, and Summer in the Land of Skin. Her plays have been produced in Ashland, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and L.A. She and her partner David Wolf won the New Generation Playwrights Award for their one-act, Jake Savage, Jungle P.I. She is a professor of English and Communication Studies at Mendocino College.

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