The heart of the novel is Dani’s relationship with Sam. Butcher handles the pair’s growing bond gently and convincingly, while showing compassion and understanding for her teenage protagonist.
Quill & Quire
What I particularly enjoyed about this novel was its depiction of love. It does not sugar coat it, but presents it in its most raw form. This is both crushing and beautiful. By showcasing how love is rarely a fairy tale ending it removes the all-too-common “True Love” delusion, hopefully helping to facilitate healthy and long lasting relationships. This has definitely filled a gaping hole in our popular fiction in recent literature, and does so in a beautiful way.
Truths I Learned From Sam is a fine coming of age tale, not to be missed.
Midwest Book Review
Truths I Learned from Sam . . . is a sensitive, compelling story about a 17-year-old who finds meaning in her life in an unexpected place.
The Winnipeg Free Press
Readers will be impressed and engaged by Dani’s resourcefulness and entrepreneurial spirit. She brings people together and creates opportunities for the community of Farrow, actions which, in turn, help take the edge of her grief.
Canadian Materials magazine