Review: A Fabrication of the Truth by Katie Kaleski

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The last time Lexie Stein saw Dalton Reyes he lay in a pool of blood, hovering somewhere between life and death. Now, five years later, he’s the new guy in her high school.
What happened between then and now is a mystery Lexie is afraid to explore. Just one lie uncovered from her past can cause the house of cards she’s so carefully constructed to come crashing down around her. And Dalton is the key to that past.

She doesn’t need her grandmother’s warnings to convince her that Dalton means trouble. But the bond they shared as kids seems to have only gotten stronger, transforming into something wonderful and powerful.

When Dalton opens up about the intervening years and what they mean for his future, Lexie is determined not to let him get away a second time.

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Lexie lives with her grandmother.  Her mother left and her father is in prison.  Lexie hates her reality.  She has become a habitual liar to hide who she really is.
The worst day for her life happened five years ago when her father was arrested.  She witnessed so much horrific things in those few moments.  Dalton had come to visit that day.  He was hurt as she watched.  She hasn’t seen him since but thinks about him everyday.
One day she comes face to face with him in the school hallway.  She is completely shocked.  The world she built is full of the lies she tells.  He knows the truth.  She fears her life will fall around her. 
She is also drawn to Dalton.  There is this instant connection that has never gone away.  However she isn’t allowed to see him.  She tries her hardest to stay away.  Knowing how impossible it is she decides to only be friends.
Dalton has his own issues and secrets.  He wants to have a new start in this school.  He doesn’t expect to see Lexie.  He has thought of her constantly since that day and he wants her desperately to be in his life.  Unfortunately it isn’t that easy.
I loved this book.  The first time these characters come together ends up tragic.  Lexie is such a messed up girl.  She is relatively good except for her lying.  I like how the author makes it her coping mechanism.  She also has friends but keeps herself closed off from everyone.  She also has a fear of being abandoned.  The author has given her so much to deal with.  Her fear and guilt just radiate off the page.
The moment she sees Dalton again is picture perfect.  The reader can just picture her shock and how her jaw hits the floor.  I could just see the whole scene in my head.

The way these two characters come together despite the obstacles is sweet.  They fight for each other.  Their relationship is hard and the issues they have to deal with shows the reader how love is not always perfect.  Dalton’s health is an issue and I was saddened as the story progressed.  It really leaves you affected.  I give this story a 4 out of 5.

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