(Website, Blog, Twitter, Goodreads)Series: Creative HeArts, Sloane and Tru
Published by Entangled Teen Crush on September 14th 2016
Genres: Art & Architecture, Contemporary, Dating & Relationships, Family Life, Love & Romance, Performing Arts, Physical & Emotional Abuse, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
This Entangled Teen Crush book contains vandalism in the name of art, art in the name of love, and love for a boy too charming to ever hate.
When life gives you a blank canvas, make art.
Sloane Whitaker hates everything about moving to Texas. She hates leaving behind her friends and half her family in New York, starting over senior year at Austin’s NextGen Academy, and having to say she lives in Texas. Most of all, she hates that it’s all her fault. If she wants to earn her way back to the Big Apple, she has to prove she can still be the perfect daughter.
Which means no vandalism art, no trouble at school, and absolutely no Tru Dorsey, her serial screw-up neighbor, who loves nothing more than pushing her buttons.
But from the moment he vaults onto the roof outside her bedroom, there is something about him that makes her want to break every rule. Suddenly it’ s not the ten things she hates about Tru that are at the top of her list. It’s the ten reasons she doesn’t want to be without him.
There is absolutely nothing that I hate about Tru Dorsey. I broke some reader code that I’ve instilled in myself when I read this series out of order, completely skipping over book one. I’m so glad that I went back to the beginning of the series and met Tru and Sloane. I knew who they were because I have been reading this series, but I didn’t know what they were like. I got to meet them and read the beginning of not only their story but also the senior class at NextGen. So you can read this series out of order, but I don’t suggest it.
Sloane Whitaker loved New York—lived, breathed, was New York. She was beyond ticked when her mother forced her halfway around the country after The Incident. They didn’t talk about The Incident, but her whole family is suffering because of the way they decided to handle the Sloane that caused The Incident. Sloane had a major chip on her shoulder for the first half of this book. While she complained, moaned, and groaned about her circumstance, I got where she was coming from. I wished she would have let up a little bit at times, but that’s just how Sloane worked—all in or not in at all. She loved her art, which was the most interesting and best side of her. She even had her own strip that she posted online for her thousands of fans, and all of her sour attitude, her love of art, and the little things in between made her interesting. I liked being inside her head and understanding the way she saw things and think she made for a wonderful MC.
Her next-door neighbor pushed her buttons like no other. Tru Dorsey had a wicked grin and an intense love of film. He had definite Heath Ledge circa Ten Things I Hate About You vibes, and that right there gives him an automatic advantage. I’m sure that was the intention, but that doesn’t mean that it was done successfully. Well, it was. Tru was an enigma wrapped in a Heath Ledger packaging. Need I say more? However, the book was different than the movie, other than Sloane’s first impression of Tru. He wasn’t just a bad boy. He had secrets, and those were closer to Sloane than she thought. I’m interested to see how the rest of Tru’s story plays out.
Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru is a quick read. It’s an easy escape. The Creative HeArts series is one that you should and must have on your TBR pile if you haven’t already dived in. Each story has art, and the different couples keep the series interesting. If you’re a fan of Tera Lynn Childs, this is a must for your collection. If not, start here. Nevertheless, I’d advise starting off the series, or go back like I did, and dive into Tru and Sloane’s story. You’ll be glad you did.