Review: The Truth About You

Title: The Truth About You

Author: Melissa Hill
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Released: 1st July 2010

Summary from Goodreads
One morning in the small town of Lakeview, Ella Harris finds a cardboard box on the doorstop of her cafe. At first she thinks it's her usual muffin delivery but is shocked to find that the box actually contains a newborn baby. But what kind of mother would abandon a defenceless baby like that, and why? Could it have been newly single Nina who, after being rejected by the father of her unborn child, has no choice but to return to Lakeview to stay with her estranged (and slightly peculiar) dad? Or was it Lakeview-born Hollywood actress Ruth Seymour, who on the eve of her triumphant return home from LA, has a completely ill-advised fling with a handsome co-star. A baby is certain to ruin her hard-fought-for career. Or perhaps it's happily married Jess who, as the only non-mum amongst her friends, finds herself increasingly left out. Terrified that she will lose them altogether, she embarks on becoming a mother too. But is she really rushing into something she really knows nothing about?

I initially picked this book up due to the intriguing mystery of a baby that was left on a strangers doorstep but I was wrong to think my venture into a new genre would be a splendid one, for now I think I'll stick with Young Adult books as the issues discussed here were a bit more mature than I'd rather read about often discussing the breakdown of marriages and planning pregnancies all things I'd rather not think about for at least a couple years.

The three main characters stories intertwine keeping us guessing at who will leave their baby on the doorstep of Ella's cafe. I most enjoyed reading about Ruth Seymour's life as a Hollywood Actor and her decision to either keep working on the set of the fabulous new TV Show, Glamazons or move back to her childhood town and raise her baby with the guy she almost married before leaving for a jet-set career. 

A recurring problem I seem to have with books is being unable to recognize the sub-characters, they are usually introduced early with a few descriptive words and then we are forced to remember them when they are mentioned a couple of chapters later. This may just be a negative point to being quite a fast reader but it happened a lot in The Truth About You as there are a lot of characters to keep track of.

There is absolutely nothing with this book if you can relate to marriages, pregnancy and all the issues that come about after the teenage years but for me, I'd much rather hide my nose in a YA book recollecting my younger years than look ahead to what's coming in the future in a Chick-Lit novel.

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