Hi All! It’s Becky, again. I was given a copy of To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin way back in May but I never got a chance to read it. Plus, I have to admit I was not a fan of Martin’s first book (my review can be found here) so I didn’t rush this one to the top of my TBR list. However, I just finished the audio book and I definitely had a better experience with this book than the author’s first.
Title: To Be Honest
Author: Maggie Ann Martin
Note: I listened to the audio book.
Summary: Savannah’s life has changed a lot in the past few years. Savannah’s father left her mother for her mother’s best friend, Savannah’s older sister Ashley left for college, and Savannah’s mother starred in a weight loss reality television show that has changed their whole life. Savannah is happy with herself even if her mother want Savannah to change her lifestyle and lose weight. Savannah knows that she is going to stay true to who she is a, decision which is reinforced by the appearance of George, a cute new classmate that may like Savannah as more than just a tutor.
Review: At first when I finished this book it felt like so many other books that are on the market right now. To Be Honest feels very much like other teen realistic fiction about a teen girl trying to find her place in the world while dealing with family issues. However, after letting the story simmer with me for a little while I began to appreciate Martin’s message of Savannah being true to herself and being happy with who she is. Savannah doesn’t need to lose 20 pounds to be happy or have a boy declare his love for her to find her self worth. I think that is a very powerful message that I would like to see more in YA lit. However, To Be Honest fell into the problem area that so many of the books released through Swoon books fall into… it didn’t really feel like a YA romance even though that is what the publisher is marketing it as a teen love story. I just wish that the publisher would find another way to promote these books to help set the expectations of the readers better. Besides that issue, To Be Honest is a quick read that has a positive message that will appeal to readers looking for a romance-lite kind of love story.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5
Want another opinion? Check out Sarah’s review here.