Michael, Is It True


Young Adult - Romance
445 Pages
Reviewed on 03/18/2019
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Author Biography

About the Author

Lisa Lahti attended Mansfield Business School and has a background in accounting, but her true passion is writing stories, which she began at fourteen years old. She lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her husband and has three children and five grandchildren. Her biggest dream is to see her name in print.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Michael, Is It True by Lisa Lahti is an unusual love story between two teens, who find themselves ending up in marriage against the wishes of their families. It happened too quickly for fifteen-year-old Jessie, and before she could think about Michael’s past, taking precautions, and using protection, it is already too late: she is pregnant by eighteen-year-old Michael. In spite of Michael’s reassurances that he will handle everything, it is hard for Jessie to feel confident and certain that all will be well. Does Michael have what it takes to be a real man for his family, and how far can he go to ensure that his family stays together?

This is a very interesting story that explores some of the crises that young people face. I loved reading about Jessie and Michael as they struggle to build a relationship. While Jessie is fretful and uncertain, Michael appears to be in control — or is it just a façade? The dynamics of family is one of the themes that is beautifully developed in this story. I also enjoyed Lisa Lahti’s handling of personal growth. Readers follow the compelling characters as they face real life challenges and as they reach a point where they have to make very serious and important decisions about their future. There is a lot to learn in this novel for young adult readers. The story has an emotional richness that allows readers to relate to the characters and to feel that it is real. Excellent writing, a beautiful plot, and good pacing make Michael, Is It True is a great read.

Gisela Dixon

Michael, Is It True by Lisa Lahti is a fiction story about young love and teenagers who marry early. The story begins from the perspective of 15-year-old Jessie, sitting in the doctor’s office, wondering if she is pregnant. The father is none other than 18-year-old Michael. Since both are very young, naturally there is opposition from their families when they hear of the pregnancy. Not only this, but since it was love at first sight for Jessie and Michael, and both are in love, they decide to get married and raise a family. What follows is their story of pregnancy, marriage, making ends meet while taking care of twins, dealing with family opposition and conflict, along with the temptation to stray stemming from their inexperience at relationships. The story follows several twists and turns, and whether their love will succeed is what forms the plot of the novel.

Michael, Is It True by Lisa Lahti is a good read although it is not a traditional romance novel. It can also be classified as a growing up or coming into your own novel for young adults. The main characters are well-drawn and natural. I felt that the story has a very contemporary, modern feel to it as this is something that could very well happen today. Jessie and Michael obviously struggle with the responsibility of parenthood, but their love is real in spite of challenges. Jessie comes across as sensible and grounded, and since we hear the story in her voice, we can certainly understand where she is coming from. This book is a good read and may be especially relatable for young adults or teenagers.

Divine Zape

When they first meet each other at Six Flags over Texas one summer, Michael has just turned eighteen and Jessie fifteen. For Jessie, he is the best-looking guy she’s ever met, with shiny blond hair and the brightest blue eyes. She can’t help but be irresistibly drawn to his muscular body. The romance starts off pretty fast, and it’s not long before the pregnancy happens. While they have to adjust to this new reality, their families aren’t prepared to see them married. Promising to handle everything, is Michael ready for the challenges that await his new family, and can he and Jessie mature quickly enough to keep their family together against the storm that looms ahead? Michael, Is It True by Lisa Lahti is an inspirational romance with many lessons for young couples.

Here is the kind of story that reminded me of my first experience of love, about my first pregnancy and the millions of questions I asked myself at the time. Young women who have experienced an unplanned pregnancy can easily connect to Jessie. The characters are real and readers will see the anxiety in Jessie. Lisa Lahti has created a story about a reality we witness every day in the US and many places around the world, and she has managed to make the story interesting. The fact that Michael and Jessie are two very young people makes readers wonder how they will fare. The challenges thrown at them are huge for their age, and it is interesting to see how they navigate these hurdles, while facing issues related to their personal growth. Michael, Is It True is insightfully written, fast-paced, and built on strong emotional conflict. I found it to be a very enjoyable read.

Mamta Madhavan

Michael, Is It True by Lisa Lahti is a teenage love story between eighteen-year-old Michael and fifteen-year-old Jessie who met at Six Flags over Texas the previous summer. Michael is good looking with shiny blond hair, and has the brightest blue eyes. It is love at first sight for both of them and soon Jessie finds out she is pregnant with Michael’s child. She knows she should have learned more about Michael’s past, taken precautions, or used protection. They end up getting married, much to the chagrin of both their families. Michael reassures her by saying he will handle everything. Will it be too hard for them to meet the challenges of their life together at such a young age?

This story is about young love between two teens and how they find themselves in a situation they never imagined getting into. The narration is conversational in many places which makes it palpable and takes readers right into the scenes. The characters of Michael, Jessie, and their lives have been sketched well, and they are real and relatable. The story goes through the problems, the twists, and turns these two lovers experience as they try to bring stability into their lives. The rest of the characters in the story complement the main characters beautifully and readers will be eager and curious to know what is going to happen next in the lives of Michael and Jessie. The open ending will leave readers waiting for Book Two.

K.C. Finn

Michael, Is It True is a work of teenage romantic fiction and real life drama penned by author Lisa Lahti. Tackling not only the subject of teenage pregnancy, but the reality of what comes after, this heartfelt story centers on Jessie, aged fifteen. Her love affair with eighteen-year-old Michael takes off before she really even acknowledges the reality of what’s happening, and before she knows it, she has fallen pregnant with his baby. Michael’s past and his family’s wishes give him strife, but he promises to be there for Jessie and their baby, no matter what. With the world against them, can the teens overcome their doubts about each other, and successfully face the world as brave new parents?

One of the most striking things about this novel was that it felt as if it came from a very deep place of emotional truth. Jessie is very representative of how alone young women can feel in the world when they are pregnant, the pressure of sole responsibility for the life growing inside of them. I found Jessie to be a complex and endearing heroine more and more as the plot progressed, dealing with family issues and growing mentally as she realizes the stakes of what she’s taking on. Author Lisa Lahti gives emotional treatment to each main character and their families, illuminating important issues through effective dialogue and the characters’ own thoughts and feelings. Overall, Michael, Is It True is not just an engaging drama and YA love story, but also an important social issues book too.

Ruffina Oserio

Michael, Is It True by Lisa Lahti tells the story that we witness among teenagers very often. When fifteen-year-old Jessie falls for Michael, an eighteen-year-old boy, she doesn't think much about the consequences. But loving Michael changes everything when she gets pregnant and finds herself in marriage at a young age. Michael can be very assuring and confident about being in control but can his assurances assuage Jessie's fears? It is interesting to watch this couple as they struggle to stay together against the wishes of their families, and readers will want to see if Michael can man up to the responsibilities of parenthood.

Lisa Lahti writes a realistic story that explores the drama and the pain that young couples experience, couples who have to work on their personal growth while raising children. She demonstrates a keen understanding of the pulsations of a young heart and wins the reader's sympathy for her characters. The plot is fairly straightforward but the strong premise and the complexity in character make this novel an engaging story. The writing is crisp and the author does an impeccable job in developing the emotional and psychological aspects of the story, infusing it with realism and skillfully handling the conflict in a way that builds tension and keeps the reader looking forward to a satisfying denouement. Michael, Is It True is a story with a relevant message for readers and one that explores the themes of love, family, parenting, and responsibility. An enticing and interesting story most suited for young adult readers.