Dana Reinhardt





Tell Us Something Trueby Dana Reinhardt

Tell Us Something Trueby Dana Reinhardt

Tell Us Something True

Seventeen-year-old River doesn't know what to do with himself when Penny, the girl he adores, breaks up with him. He lives in LA, where nobody walks anywhere, and Penny was his ride; he never bothered getting a license. He's stuck. He's desperate. Okay...he's got to learn to drive.

But first, he does the unthinkable - he starts walking. He stumbles upon a support group for teens with various addictions. He fakes his way into the meetings, and begins to connect with the other kids, especially an amazing girl. River wants to tell the truth, but he can't stop lying, and his tangle of deception may unravel before he learns how to handle the most potent drug of all: true love.

"Once again, Reinhardt shows a deep understanding of adolescent attitudes and emotions in this novel tracing 17-year-old River's recovery from a broken heart. The day River's girlfriend, Penny, breaks up with him, he feels stranded in more ways than one. Without Penny to give him a ride home, he walks the streets alone, and that's how he discovers the sign advertising "a second chance." Intrigued, River joins the Second Chance group's meeting, thinking he has found kindred spirits, but it turns out that the group's members are struggling with various addictions. Rather than leave, River pretends he has a drug problem, a mistake readers will recognize as the beginning of his downfall long before the lie creates a mess of trouble. More than preaching the virtue of honesty, the book focuses on River's growing self-awareness, his coming to terms with his failed relationship, his too-passive nature, and how his father's abandonment has affected him. Intelligent and ironic, the narrative resounds with honesty, even as River himself is quite successful at inventing little white lies."
- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"I promise you'll fall in love with River Dean, even though he's a faker, a stalker, a non-driver, a bad dancer, a bad friend and a codependent mess. He's funny and he's true. His heart is smashed six different ways and he's trying to mend it with tacos and lies- but isn't that true of all of us?" - E. Lockhart, New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars "A heartfelt tale that elevates truth over passion and friends over lovers. Reinhardt keeps it real. Much respect."
- Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

"A sharp-witted, hilarious, and addicting novel about being lost and discovering your best self. Highly recommended!"
- Adam Silvera, New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not

"Oh, how I love a novel where the hero ties himself up, Houdini style, and dives into his own predicament. Once again Dana Reinhardt has written a charming, compassionate, very clever comedy, and this one reminds us how a big lie can reveal the truth."
- Laura McNeal, author of Dark Water, National Book Award Finalist

"Tell Us Something True is hope, it is humanity, it is original, funny, wrenching, real, and intelligently surprising."
- Beth Kephart, author of Small Damages, Going Over, and This Is the Story of You

Published June 14th, 2016

Around the world: The red cover is the US version; the yellow cover, the UK version. The book has also sold to Spain and Italy.


Learn more about Dana's novels...

A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt   Harmless by Dana Reinhardt   How to Build a House by Dana Reinhardt   The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt

The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt   Odessa Again by Dana Reinhardt   We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt   Tell Us Something True by Dana Reinhardt




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