Meg's Review:SO. I read an ARC of this book and it has taken me a few days to wrap my head around it. I am a HUGE Jettie fan. I will read absolutely anything she writes. This book though, took me into a dark place. In a good way. It was an adventure that played with you each and every chapter. I had SOME ideas where it was POSSIBLY going to go, and I still was totally thrown. This novel is all its own. It tiptoes on the edge of what you thought you would be okay with, and what you weren't. Jettie definitely takes you to some dark corners with Mack and her side of this story. Rating this book? Rating this book was also quite hard. I couldn't decide if I loved it or hated it. So I figure that meant it was definitely a 5 star for me. Anything that twists me like this is definitely a 5 star read. Mack. I really don't even know where to start with her, or this story for that matter. Mack is sick. She is on meds and they help. Then Mack makes Stupid decisions and we get to see through the eyes of Bi-Polar Manic Mack. This is because she thinks it is a good idea to come off her Meds from time to time. No. Not a good idea. Mack takes us on some wild mental rides back to her childhood with Gia and the surprises just keep on coming. Mack and Gia have secrets. Secrets that have caused everyone involved to watch their lives crumble. This story is filled with vengeance and what happens when people finally come to face the truths of their actions. This book. Jettie does a phenomenal job of depicting one of the types of Bi-Polar disorder. I grew up seeing these same symptoms and actions my while life, so reading them in this book resonated with me. The amount of research that Jettie did paid off. This was a honest depiction of how some people react with this disorder. She does it justice. You can't help but be living through Mack in this book. Jettie's writing pulls you in and doesn't let you go until you experiecne every single second of it. Kudos Jettie, you blew me away again. The Truth About Mack is a Must Read.
Yall probably already know, but I am a mega Jettie fan :) She often rocks my word with her hella intense stories and I love it. I wait not so quietly and beg her for any detail she will give me about her new projects. I was so thankful when I opened my Ipad and found The Truth About Mack waiting for me ... it was like Christmas morning.
The first word that came to mind when reading this story was bizarre. I am not bipolar and I was looking through the glasses of someone that was. I love to read unique books that challenge me and this one definitely did. Jettie is not afraid to cover and enhance taboo topics and you can guess what that means ... one hell of a ride!
Mack Perry is straight up crazy. For a minute I thought I was having whiplash and then I realized, no, this is Mack's crazy mind. haha. I honestly can't even imagine having a mind that jumps from subject to subject and from present and then all of a sudden being thrown into a memory. I really felt strong sadness for Mack throughout the book. She seemed so, defeated and broken. Growing up it was always Mack and Gia, Gia and Mack. Neighbors, best friends, and practically sisters, but you can tell there are fractures in the base of their relationship. I was so shocked by the secrets that came out almost every chapter it seemed ... this book was great.
The writing in Shhh... was fabulous! I thought Mack's character was written fabulously. I could really feel her pain and situation. I wanted to jump through the pages and help her. I wanted to smack her around and scream NO when I was reading a few sections, too. And whenever I finish a book and it continuously torments me I know it was a great read! Jettie always leaves me with lots of torment :) My only reason for this not getting a stellar 5 star rating was simply the lack of Gia's POV. I think I needed it, maybe because I am selfish and a detail whore, but I need it. What was Gia doing, what was she thinking, Ugh I wanted to scream at her too and I barely got to meet her.