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The Truth About Tomorrow will take you on an emotional rollercoaster with many distressing and heart-stopping falls. Oliver James grew up in a loving and successful household with his adopted sister River who ends up adopting a 13-year-old girl with her husband Everett. Charlie Tucker had a tragic childhood filled with fear, loneliness, and depraved individuals who knew no bounds in regards to being the scums of the Earth. After the death of her parents, Charlie was placed into foster care and was ultimately adopted by River and Everett. Charlie befriends Oliver and he quickly becomes her best friend in a completely platonic way. Sometime later, Oliver ends up taking a job in Chicago. Three years pass and Charlie makes the decision to attend a prestigious music academy in… drum role please… Chicago! Flash forward a couple months and you can guess what happens.
Their bond never weakened. If anything, it only became stronger. The question is, will they survive all the obstacles standing in their way or crash and burn?
I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the age gap since the heroine is 16 when it starts and, well, the hero is 31. And I’m still on the fence about it. I definitely don’t think I would’ve gotten that feeling of dread as much if she’d been 18 because you just know that shit can hit the fan at any second. And it did. It really did.
“I guess when you love someone, you don’t get to choose which parts. You’re getting every single piece of their being, scarred or not.”
I loved both these characters and learning about Charlie’s past puts a lot of things into perspective. It doesn’t make things feel less wrong, but it explains a lot. Especially regarding their relationship. I just knew it was a terrible idea because a lot of people would be hurt in the end and you can’t come back from that. It’s like in Breaking Dawn when Jacob imprints on Renesmee when she’s a newborn and Bella rips him a new one. It’s incredibly taboo and look downed upon to have a relationship with a minor. Not to mention illegal in most parts of the world. So there’s all these factors pushing Ollie and Charlie apart, but Charlie simply gives societal standards/norms the middle finger by going after what she wants. Not to say that it’s all on Charlie because it’s not. Ollie does allow it to happen.
To tell you the truth, I was rooting for them to work out in the end. I know it’s not right with her being 16 and him 31…ugh, I wish this didn’t happen when she was 16. I tried imagining being the parent in this situation and finding out that my 31-year-old friend is having a sexual relationship with my 16-year-old kid. I’m 100% sure that I would not handle it well. Even if they truly did love each other, it would not feel right since she/he is still only 16-year-olds. But this is a book, not real life. For that reason alone, I was hoping they would make it.
“If we live life avoiding things that could hurt us, we aren’t really living at all.”