Title: All That’s True
Author: Jackie Lee Miles
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (January 1, 2011)
ABOUT THE BOOK
Andréa (Andi for short) St. James’s privileged life is interrupted in the summer of 1991 when she discovers her father is having an affair with her best friend Bridget’s sexy new step-mom, her mother is having one with alcohol, her sister Elizabeth is ditched at the alter while exchanging vows with Mr. Right in Atlanta’s wedding-of-the-season, and her brother Alex—who loves her best—is killed in a freak hazing accident at Vanderbilt University.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jackie Lee Miles, a resident of Georgia for thirty-five years, hails from Wisconsin via South Dakota. She considers herself “a northern girl with a southern heart”. Her paternal grandfather was christened Grant Lee by her great-grandmother in honor of the many fallen soldiers on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.
Ms. Miles is a former D.I.A.L. Systems Engineer for Baker/Audio Telecom, one of the premier forerunners of voice mail. In addition to systems application, she provided voice tracks for several major companies, including Delta Airlines and Frito-Lay Corporation.
A former Miss Racine, Wisconsin, Ms. Miles, made television, print and fashion appearances, and participated in various stage productions, including “Joan of Lorraine”, “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs” and “The Miracle Worker”.
Ms. Miles resides in Atlanta along with her husband Robert, where she is a featured speaker at book clubs, local schools, and writer’s workshops.
Visit Jackie Lee Miles’ website to read more of her bio and learn about her other books.
“Maybe we’re supposed to bring happiness to someone else, and in the process we end up discovering our own”
When you’re 13 it feels like the whole world revolves around you, that everything happens for you and because of you. It’s probably the most self-centered age we could be and we feel terribly frustrated and helpless when we find out that we can do very little to control the world around us. It is a very mature and astute 13 year old to realize that ultimately, we can only control ourselves and how we react to life’s situations.
That’s how Andi is. She’s actually quite mature and well balanced considering the things that are happening to her and the people around her. Her brother dies, her mother drinks and her father is messing around with the neighbor. It would drive anybody else to extreme. It’s a lot to handle at any age much less 13. But Andi, she manages to navigate through all the drama.
Despite her privileged upbringing, she is not spoiled at all like one would expect. When her dead brother’s girlfriend turns up pregnant with his baby and ends up marrying his best friend so they can raise the baby, Andi jumps right in with her support. She even takes a baby sitting class to prepare for her future duties. She was there to help them move to their new house and probably went to the extent of helping send out baby thank you cards. She was there for them. That is how she does everything. She gives it her all be it as an angel reading to seniors at the retirement home or setting up a clothing boutique for other teens who are less fortunate than she is.
I enjoyed reading this book and read it through in one sitting because I just had to keep turning pages. Andi could have easily turned out to be a brat and an unsympathetic character but she wasn’t. She pulls you into her life and you experience all the events with her. You feel them with her. That is how well written this book is. That is how the author makes you part of this young girl’s world and you know exactly how she feels. You react just as she does and you are immersed in the pages. I love that in a book!
I told my daughters about this book and how much I enjoyed it. I think they would too. If you have young adult readers, I would highly recommend this book.