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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Michael, Is It True by Lisa Lahti is an unusual love story between two teens, who find themselves ending up in marriage against the wishes of their families. It happened too quickly for fifteen-year-old Jessie, and before she could think about Michael’s past, taking precautions, and using protection, it is already too late: she is pregnant by eighteen-year-old Michael. In spite of Michael’s reassurances that he will handle everything, it is hard for Jessie to feel confident and certain that all will be well. Does Michael have what it takes to be a real man for his family, and how far can he go to ensure that his family stays together?
This is a very interesting story that explores some of the crises that young people face. I loved reading about Jessie and Michael as they struggle to build a relationship. While Jessie is fretful and uncertain, Michael appears to be in control — or is it just a façade? The dynamics of family is one of the themes that is beautifully developed in this story. I also enjoyed Lisa Lahti’s handling of personal growth. Readers follow the compelling characters as they face real life challenges and as they reach a point where they have to make very serious and important decisions about their future. There is a lot to learn in this novel for young adult readers. The story has an emotional richness that allows readers to relate to the characters and to feel that it is real. Excellent writing, a beautiful plot, and good pacing make Michael, Is It True is a great read.