Moment of Truth by Kasie West

Four stars

At sixteen, Hadley Moore knows exactly who she is—a swimmer who will earn a scholarship to college. Totally worth all the hard work, even if her aching shoulders don’t agree. So when a guy dressed as Hollywood’s latest action hero, Heath Hall, crashes her swim meet, she isn’t amused. Instead, she’s determined to make sure he doesn’t bother her again. Only she’s not sure exactly who he is.

The swim meet isn’t the first event the imposter has interrupted, but a little digging turns up a surprising number of people who could be Heath Hall, including Hadley’s ex-boyfriend and her best friend’s crush. She soon finds herself getting caught up in the mysterious world of the fake Heath Hall.

As Hadley gets closer to uncovering the masked boy’s identity she also discovers some uncomfortable truths about herself—like she might resent the long shadow her late brother has cast over her family, that she isn’t as happy as she pretends to be with her life choices… and that she is falling for the last guy she ever thought she would like.

As usual, Kasie West crushed it with themes that really impact me. I needed to hear this story. It was so good.

This book went into topics of self worth and speaking out for yourself. Not being afraid to be who you were made to be! I think a lot of young adults need to hear this theme. (And Jackson totally has my heart!!)

However, I was really disappointed in some content in this book. There was slight language as well as mentions of a gay person (though the latter was slight and not a huge part in the book). It was disappointing because of how much I love Kasie West’s books. We need more fiction like this… only without the content issues.

Just because you can’t see the future, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. You don’t have to see everything clearly or know exactly where you’re going to move forward.

― Kasie West, Moment of Truth

Your turn!

What are some of your favorite YA contemporary reads? Do you struggle with content issues in books? What do you wish YA had more of in books?

Blessings, Allyson


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