The Truth According to Us

The Truth According to UsThe Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows

Publication Date: June 9, 2015

Publisher: Random House


Layla Beck lived a privileged life until her wealthy father tired of her actions. Now, Layla’s been sent to work on the Federal Writer’s Project in West Virginia. Her assignment is to write the history of the small town of Macedonia.

Upon arriving in Macedonia, she finds herself boarding with the Romeyn family. The Romeyn family are an interesting bunch. There’s curious 12-year-old Willow, spunky 9-year-old Bird, and their handsome father Felix. There’s also their three aunts: Jottie, Mae and Minerva. As Layla begins to discover the fascinating history of Macedonia, she also starts to unravel the secrets of the Romeyn family.

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I was really excited to read The Truth According to Us. Annie Barrows was one of the co-authors of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society and I loved that book. That being said, I had high expectations for The Truth According to Us.

While The Truth According to Us had a very interesting storyline and amazing characters, the book was too long (486 pages). Normally, I wouldn’t complain about the length of a book, but the story was so slow-paced that 486 pages became tedious. It seemed like nothing interesting happened until about half way through. Even then, it wasn’t until page 400 that anything exciting happened.

Part of the problem was the three points of view in the novel: Layla, Willa and Jottie. Willa’s POV was in first person, while Layla and Jottie’s were in third. I usually like multiple points of view, but it didn’t work for me in this book. Other than Willa’s POV, it would take a me a paragraph or so to figure out who was narrating because there was no chapter header to say who was narrating. Narrators also changed mid-chapter, which was confusing. It would have flowed better had the chapters rotated between the characters and if they were all in first or third person.

Otherwise, I enjoyed the story. It had a good mystery and each character was well developed. It just needed to faster-paced or a little shorter.

Thank you to Random House for the opportunity to and honestly review an ARC of The Truth According to Us.

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