Moment of Truth – Published 2020
“At sixteen, Hadley Moore knows exactly who she is—a swimmer who will earn a scholarship to college. Totally worth all the hard work, even if her aching shoulders don’t agree. So when a guy dressed as Hollywood’s latest action hero, Heath Hall, crashes her swim meet, she isn’t amused. Instead, she’s determined to make sure he doesn’t bother her again. Only she’s not sure exactly who he is.
The swim meet isn’t the first event the imposter has interrupted, but a little digging turns up a surprising number of people who could be Heath Hall, including Hadley’s ex-boyfriend and her best friend’s crush. She soon finds herself getting caught up in the mysterious world of the fake Heath Hall.
As Hadley gets closer to uncovering the masked boy’s identity she also discovers some uncomfortable truths about herself—like she might resent the long shadow her late brother has cast over her family, that she isn’t as happy as she pretends to be with her life choices… and that she is falling for the last guy she ever thought she would like.” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
This is one of the best Kasie West books I’ve ever read. When it started, I thought the premise was sort of silly. Who cares who is under a celebrity mask? That’s what the whole book is going to be about? But then, as I got further in, I discovered there’s much more going on in the subplot. Hadley has a brother that passed away before she was born, and she feels like she is living in his shadow. The story of her brother, her parents’ grief, and her feelings towards them all are really heartbreaking. It was a heavier element than usual in a West book.
A boy that Hadley meets along the way, Jackson, is delightful. A funny character that has his own subplot going on that is really relatable and enjoyable.
I actually was interested in who was behind the mask by the end. I had my own theories, but I was wrong. Well done.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
Not much, actually. It’s a really cute, mostly low-stress read, with a satisfying ending. Totally recommend for young adults as well as adults who enjoy YA lit!