Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Deep Down True

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Book Review - Deep Down True

Deep Down True by Juliette Fay book trailer from Keiji Iwai on Vimeo.

About the Book
Juliette Fay’s second novel, DEEP DOWN TRUE: A Novel (Penguin Paperback Original / On-Sale: January 25, 2011 / ISBN: 978-0-143-11851-0 / $15.00 / 432 pgs) is the story of Dana Stellgarten, a quintessential good girl whose unfailing “niceness” is acquiring a surprising edge.

Recently divorced and running low on funds, Dana has her hands full as the shock waves from her husband’s departure reverberate through her family.  Seven year-old happy-go-lucky Grady suddenly develops anger management problems, and twelve year-old Morgan struggles with an eating disorder as she tries to keep her head above the shark-infested waters of middle school.  Then Dana’s sixteen year-old niece, Alder, comes crashing into their lives – literally – carrying with her a mysterious sorrow, yet also bringing an unexpected element of maturity and insight to their tightly-knit circle.

As Dana enters the slipstream of post-divorce romance with Grady’s handsome football coach and attracts the interest of the town’s charismatic queen bee, she will find that the tension between being true to herself and being liked doesn’t end in middle school.  Yet, where she least expects to find it, she discovers a true friend – someone who reminds Dana that the points of her inner compass are still there to guide her, even when the territory of her life feels like a foreign landscape.

DEEP DOWN TRUE is a novel about having your heart in the right place when everything else – from husbands to loyalties to jeans size – isn’t. 

Juliette Fay received a bachelor's degree from Boston College and a master's degree from Harvard University. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four children. Shelter Me was her first novel; DEEP DOWN TRUE is her second. For more information please visit

My Take on the Book
This book packs a punch! The author draws you into a web of well developed characters that you simply want to meet and learn more about. You feel for the characters and want them to succeed and live happy lives. You want to support them and help them on their journey. Books like this are the ones that you remember and want to share with others.

The book itself is great in that it takes the nuances of the lives of her characters and makes them real. You can tell that there was much effort and heart put into the book itself and because of this you are given a great glimpse into the friendships and family dynamics which lead you to have some definite Ah-Ha moments while reading. 

Overall, this was a well written book that was easy to read. If you are looking for a book that draws you in and allows you to go on a journey with the characters, this book is the one for you.

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