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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

"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

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

"The Truth About Jack is super duper cute!" --Angie, Goodreads

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 Irena BookDustMagic August 14, 2020

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 starts ...more

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 empty b ...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 ...more

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 in the middle ...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 in California, ...more

By books are love April 22, 2015

Each book that entangled teen has done in the entangled crush series that I have read has been fantastic and this is no exception. The characters Dakota and Jack are so relatable and fun.

Jack needs Dakota to help him come out of his shell and Dakota finds some on to help her feel safe and secure. Bu ...more

By Angie April 08, 2015

I received an ARC through NetGalley.

The Truth About Jackis super duper cute! Dakota has just been accepted into her dream school on the same day that her BFF e-mails her to let her know that she's seeing her boyfriend. Dakota's joy is immediately transformed into devastation, and she's feeling alone ...more

By Cheyenne December 01, 2015

**Actual Rating 3.5**

I want to say thanks to YA Bound Book tours and the author for providing this book for me to read. I really wanted to read this book. I really had high hopes don't get me wrong 3.5 stars is still a pretty high rating but it wasn't as good ad I hoped. Though you should read this ...more

By Anjie July 01, 2015

Copy provided by publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

First, let me say how much I love the cover! It’s so cute. It matches the story exactly. The story of Dakota and Jack is just so adorable. This story isn’t for everyone but it’s very interesting and at many points in the pl ...more

By Tales Of A Bookbug May 20, 2015

Rating:4 stars

Review:I've read Jody Gehrman's books before and I had loved Babe in Boyland.So naturally I jumped at the chance to review her new book The Truth About Jack, which had such an interesting premise.

I really liked this book.It had the perfect mix of cuteness,romance and real life.The book ...more

By Leah May 08, 2015

Sometimes I like a light, sweet read. I want a book that I just know will make my heart sing, and The Truth About Jack more than promised me that! Just look at the cover, and it’s published by Entangled’s new CRUSH line, which told me ALL I needed to know, so I couldn’t wait to give it a read!

The Tr ...more

By Alex (Pucksandpaperbacks) April 17, 2017

I was contacted by the publisher and sent this through Net Galley from Entangled Publishing. This does not affect my opinions on the book.
This story is set on the cutest beach, Luna Cove in Sebastopol, California. This is the artist part of Sebastopol where Dakota McCloud spent/spends her life.

Da ...more

By Sierra the Nerdgirl April 14, 2015

The Truth about Jack was the first great contemporary read of the year that I really enjoyed. The plot, writing, and the characters just really bring together the story.

First off the plot. I went into this book expecting a cute contemporary. I definitely got that. Jack is a boy who finds a message ...more

By Madison April 07, 2015

"There's beauty out there and we're going to find it".

When Jack first saw the mysterious and intriguing girl in the coffee shop, he didn't know how hard it would be to gather the courage to reach out to her. Finding her on a beach and later discovering her message in a bottle gives him the opening ...more

The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman may be the cutest book I’ve read in a long long time! I literally caught myself stopping and reacting out loud multiple times while reading this one. Saying things like.. “Oh my gosh”… “Aawww” ..etc throughout.

Dakota and Jack were both great characters. I liked t ...more

By StinaMadsMN September 15, 2015

4 Star Book Review | The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman | Giveaway

I gave The Truth About Jack a 4 STAR rating. I loved this book! The world and characters were descirbed beautifully. I loved how the romance between Dakota and Jack built up and then seemingly fell apart to be built back up again. T ...more

By Magan April 05, 2015

Just the perfect book for what I needed right now (post breaking up with the Divergent series). Light, but serious elements sprinkled throughout. Quite possibly one of those few times I liked the male narrator, Jack, more than the female one, Dakota. (But I liked her too; Jack is just SO charming an ...more

By Crystal January 01, 2016

A really great story! ...more

By Alicia October 25, 2017

The Truth About Jack is one of the best novels I've read in a while, however Jack's POV annoyed me a little. I mean, it was refreshing to read about someone who was actually mentally praising the woman they were chasing instead of objectifying and sexualizing her, but Jack could say some dumb things ...more

By Claudia June 09, 2018

Gestern angefangen und schon heute beendet habe ich die sommerliche Liebesgeschichte „Ein Sommer mit Alejandro“ von Jody Gehrman. Der Einzelband ist am 14.05.2018 im cbt-Verlag erschienen, umfasst 320 Seiten und ist für jeden Sommerliebhaber genau das richtige.

Dakota wollte gerade zu ihrem Freund zi ...more

By Kim May 31, 2018

Dakota lebt mit ihrem Vater in einer Künstlerkolonie in Kalifornien. Zumindest noch. Denn eigentlich hatte sie vor, ihrem Freund an die Rhode Island School of Design, kurz RISD, folgen. Doch der ist kurzerhand mit Dakotas bester Freundin fremd gegangen und plötzlich steht ihr ganzes Leben auf dem Ko ...more

By Verena August 05, 2018

A beautiful story, with words like poetry, sweet romance. Although we get points of view of Jack and Dakota, it's really Jack's story. He's compared with Heathcliff and he's soooo cute! He's a shy, broody, hurt and lovely character, a rich and lonely boy, with passion for his piano music. He falls i ...more

By HEChapter April 14, 2015

by Jody Gehrman
April 15, 2015
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
192 pages, approximately
Romance: Contemporary, YA

** Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review. **

Judging a Book by it's Cover:
Cute cover with a light-hearted feel. Synopsis reads like a typic ...more

By Faye April 20, 2015

This was a very cute story and I loved the sense of humor in this book.

I don't know what to think of Dakota's character. She seems naive but kind of mature at the same time. I wouldn't say she's weak but not strong either. I can't believe that when she received her letter of acceptance that's when ...more

By Moriah March 29, 2015

Getting accepted in the Rhode Island School of Design is just what Dakota McCloud needed after spending a year without her best friend and boyfriend, who both traveled to the other side of the country for college. After the two she trusted the most hook up one night without her knowledge, she feels ...more

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Jody Gehrman

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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