Review ~ Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru by Tera Lynn Childs

Title: Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru (Creative Hearts #1)

Author: Tera Lynn Childs

Published by: Entangled Teen: Crush ~ September 14, 2015

Format/Source: E-Arc provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5 Stars

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When life gives you a blank canvas, make art.

Sloane Whitaker hates everything about moving to Texas. She hates leaving behind her friends and half her family in New York, starting over senior year at Austin’s NextGen Academy, and having to say she lives in Texas. Most of all, she hates that it’s all her fault. If she wants to earn her way back to the Big Apple, she has to prove she can still be the perfect daughter.

Which means no vandalism art, no trouble at school, and absolutely no Tru Dorsey, her serial screw-up neighbor, who loves nothing more than pushing her buttons.

But from the moment he vaults onto the roof outside her bedroom, there is something about him that makes her want to break every rule. Suddenly it’ s not the ten things she hates about Tru that are at the top of her list. It’s the ten reasons she doesn’t want to be without him.


Sloane has a pretty good life. She goes to a prestigious art school in New York, her best friends, and her freedom. Then she makes a stupid decision in the name of art, and now she has to deal with the consequences. Her mother moves her to Texas and to a new school for her senior year. Her mother thinks that taking Sloane away from New York and the “bad influences” will teach her a valuable lesson about the consequences of her actions. Of course, Sloane hates the entire situation.

She is given a small reprieve when her mother offers her a deal, stay out of trouble for the first quarter of school and she gets to go home.This deal also means that Sloane has to stay away from Tru, the resident bad boy next door. Only he doesn’t seem that bad and he’s a total flirt.

I really liked Sloane. I loved her passion for art. She is obviously upset with her situation, but I thought she handled it pretty well. If I had been in that situation, I would have handled it way worse. She knows that what she did had serious consequences and she doesn’t just write if off. I love that she didn’t just write off Tru just because her mother wanted her too, especially when he needed help.

Her relationship with her family is strained because her father is a workaholic and had to stay in New York, along with her brother and her mother is acting like a prison warden. I loved Sloane’s relationship with her mother. It was realistic and even though they were fighting, you could tell they loved each other.

I really liked Tru. I appreciated how the “bad boy” of the story wasn’t really that much of a bad boy. He’s just a guy trying to deal with difficult circumstances, although, not always in the best way. He has a difficult home life, but away from home he’s a pretty charming guy. I felt really bad for him and what he had to go through with his parents.

I really loved that the romance wasn’t the main focus of the book. For most of it, Sloane and Tru were just really great friends who flirted a lot. They were obviously attracted to each other, but they both knew a relationship wasn’t what either of them needed at the time. I loved how they went from really great friends to eventually more than friends.

This book was awesome and I really enjoyed it. I had never read any other books by this author before, but I’m definitely going to have to change that now.

Happy Reading!


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