Publication Date: September 20th, 2016
Get a copy here!
The last time Lexie Stein saw Dalton Reyes he lay in a pool of blood, hovering somewhere between life and death. Now, five years later, he’s the new guy in her high school.
What happened between then and now is a mystery Lexie is afraid to explore. Just one lie uncovered from her past can cause the house of cards she’s so carefully constructed to come crashing down around her. And Dalton is the key to that past.
She doesn’t need her grandmother’s warnings to convince her that Dalton means trouble. But the bond they shared as kids seems to have only gotten stronger, transforming into something wonderful and powerful.
When Dalton opens up about the intervening years and what they mean for his future, Lexie is determined not to let him get away a second time.
About the AuthorKatie Kaleski is a young adult author that hails from the midwest. A Fabrication of the Truthis her debut novel, but she will have plenty more books coming very soon.Her favorite food is cereal with milk, she holds cookies in high regard, and she loves all things cute and fuzzy.Author Links:
Huge thanks to Katie Kaleski and YA Bound Book Tours for sending me a copy of this title free in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.
This was an entertaining, though not necessarily surprising, read. There were a few twists I wasn’t expecting, especially pertaining to the secrets these characters both hoard like honey at the beginning of the read. Lexie, in particular, was a riddle of a character to figure out–and I’ll admit, for almost half of this book, I didn’t like her. She was flat; she lied a lot; she just wasn’t grabbing me. BUT THEN, enter Dalton…and suddenly the entire world shifted, and Lexie began to change. So I’m going to say this first: if you’re not sure you like the book at the beginning, keep pushing–there’s a ton of character growth that happens near the 50% mark. It gets better! (Warning: there are some mature sexual scenes included in this book. If you’re not comfortable reading that, please keep this in mind)
Some of the characters/reactions came across as a bit unrealistic to me. There were a few moments I caught myself scoffing at the scene– “NO WAY that’s how they’d actually react in this situation!” They were few and far between, but when paired with some characters who felt a bit stiff/1 dimensional, it was worth noting. While I feel Dalton and Lexie go through a ton of growth throughout, I’m not sure the side characters were given as much room to show us who they were–they felt a bit flat overall.
This was, however, an entertaining and quick read. I sat down several hours ago planning on reading only a small percent…and ended up finishing the book! The beginning was a bit confusing–Lexie does, at first, come off as a very unreliable narrator. She would often begin a story promising answers, only to end it vaguely or by changing to an entirely different subject. I sort of ADORED this technique, though–and she becomes very much the opposite by the end of the read. Katie Kaleski put you into Lexie’s head, and let you see the character for who she was–every crevice, every facet. It was intriguing, and so well-done.