“What truth must she face?
How far will he dare to go?
One Story. Two Sides.”
How far is too far when it comes to the people you love?
Claire Casey hates being the centre of attention. But if it means getting Sef Malik to notice her, it’s a risk she’s happy to take. Sef is prepared to do anything to help his recently disabled brother. But this means putting Claire’s love – and life – on the line. Because when you’re willing to risk everything, what is there left to lose?
I love Non Pratt’s books. They never fail to capture me and make me love each and every character within them. Even Sef in this case, who is at times unlikable. I fell in love like Claire and I didn’t want the story to end.
Truth or Dare looks like it is told in two parts. You actually have to flip the book over to read on when you get halfway. You start with Claire, then flip over and get Sef’s side of the story. However about halfway through the second of part of the book it starts switching between Claire and Sef. I did really love this though as I really wasn’t ready for Claire’s part of the story to be over.
Each of the characters have different reasons for their actions. From the Goodreads snippet above, it sounds like Claire wanted just to be noticed by Sef. But that’s not true. She was happy with the attention from Sef but she is a fantastic character and she wanted to do her bit to help the boy she was getting to know in the hospital – Sef’s brother Kam. The two of them create a youtube channel to try and raise money to help with Kam’s care and it causes a complete rollercoaster of emotions from the both of them.
It was this rollercoaster that grabbed me and pulled me in. I wanted to know more about both of them. About who they were and the emotions surrounding them. They both loved Kam but a relationship between them blossomed too and that was really grabbed me. I usually dislike love stories, but this was so intriguing that I had to love it. I found the dynamic interesting and the other aspects of their relationship meant that there were other things going on than their feelings for one another.
There was humour, and sadness. There was hope and disbelief. It really was a rollercoaster. But it was an amazing one that I would recommend anyone get on! As well as the love story and the disability of Sef’s brother, there were so many other things discussed within the story. Online bullying, the effect of sexual harassment on teenagers and the effect of social media and youtube in particular on the next generation all feature and were dealt with in some brilliant ways.
Truth or Dare was published on June 1st by Walker Books. My copy was purchased from Foyles Bookstore.
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