All of This Is True
Miri Tan loved the book Undertow like it was a living being. So when she and her friends went to a book signing to meet the author, Fatima Ro, they concocted a plan to get close to her, even if her friends won’t admit it now. As for Jonah, well—Miri knows none of that was Fatima’s fault.Soleil Johnston wanted to be a writer herself one day. When she and her friends started hanging out with her favorite author, Fatima Ro, she couldn’t believe their luck—especially when Jonah Nicholls started hanging out with them, too. Now, looking back, Soleil can’t believe she let Fatima manipulate her and Jonah like that. She can’t believe that she got used for a book.Penny Panzarella was more than the materialistic party girl everyone at the Graham School thought she was. She desperately wanted Fatima Ro to see that, and she saw her chance when Fatima asked the girls to be transparent with her. If only she’d known what would happen when Fatima learned Jonah’s secret. If only she’d known that the line between fiction and truth was more complicated than any of them imagined. . . .

All of This Is True Details

TitleAll of This Is True
Author
ReleaseMay 15th, 2018
PublisherHarperTeen
ISBN-139780062673671
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

All of This Is True Review

  • Adam Silvera
    January 1, 1970
    The back of my advance reader copy reads: "FOUR YA-OBSESSED TEENS BEFRIEND THEIR FAVORITE NOVELIST. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT WILL SHOCK YOU." If that's not enough to hook you, please trust me when I say this puzzle of a book is so good that it's maddening.
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    So this book… is wild. And not much else? I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed, because besides the admittedly amazing concept, there is really not that much to love about this book. So let’s talk.All Of This Is True follows four teens who spill their secrets to an NY bestselling author; their favorite, in fact. But when this author writes a book focusing around their real-life struggles, the lines of reality and fiction blur, and the four are put in an awful position.First of all, thes So this book… is wild. And not much else? I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed, because besides the admittedly amazing concept, there is really not that much to love about this book. So let’s talk.All Of This Is True follows four teens who spill their secrets to an NY bestselling author; their favorite, in fact. But when this author writes a book focusing around their real-life struggles, the lines of reality and fiction blur, and the four are put in an awful position.First of all, these characters are unforgivably bland. For a novel with unsympathetic characters to work, you have to feel those characters. You have to connect and relate to forgive bad people for their actions. And honestly… I just didn’t feel that. These people read like caricatures. Penny was the only character I even remotely felt sympathy for in interview chapters. Jonah gains sympathy in early chapters of the fake book, but only through writing that is incredibly emotionally manipulative. Since we mentioned the emotionally manipulative Jonah chapters, let’s talk about that. The writing style of this whole book is, let’s be real, amateurish. Which actually could have been fine — except parts of this novel are excerpts from a fake book written by an author whose first book was an NYT-list, incredibly pretentious mediation on grief. The fact that excerpts of her second novel feel like they could be the writing style of someone who had never written before makes the whole book really unbelievable in its own universe. And then there’s the fact that despite this book being basically unputdownable — you have to find out what happens — the actual book only lays down a few reveals. Even worse, most plot points or plot twists are guessable very early on, and the ending is especially weak on this point. I tend to seriously love hard-to-guess-but-not-out-of-nowhere reveals and live for them in my suspense / mystery reads, so I guess the lack of shocking reveals sort of hampered my enjoyment of this one? The upside to this one is that it is — and I am so not kidding — impossible to put down. I read most of this book during a study period that I had promised myself I’d use for a certain long-term project. I was also in a slump the week this happened. I could not put it down. So overall, even though I wasn’t all that impressed by all the dynamics and elements here, I’d give this one a somewhat positive review. It was marketed as a cheesy YA thriller and it gave me cheesy YA thriller. Just be sure that’s what you’re expecting, and you’ll enjoy it enough. Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | Youtube
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  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    January 1, 1970
    I read this entire book on a flight...that’s how addictive it was! I couldn’t put it down. The entire concept was so unique and well-executed, with little twists all the way throughout it. It’ll keep you thinking, and make you question what you believe.
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  • Romie
    January 1, 1970
    This book is something else. I really want people to know this. It’s totally different from what I’m used to read, the format of the book itself makes it even more interesting. This story is told through interviews, journal entries, and book excerpts. This switch between fiction and reality was fascinating because we truly saw how thin the barrier between the two was.I find this book extremely important considering what’s currently happening in the bookish world, especially in KidLit. This book This book is something else. I really want people to know this. It’s totally different from what I’m used to read, the format of the book itself makes it even more interesting. This story is told through interviews, journal entries, and book excerpts. This switch between fiction and reality was fascinating because we truly saw how thin the barrier between the two was.I find this book extremely important considering what’s currently happening in the bookish world, especially in KidLit. This book deals with toxic relationships and boundaries. It’s important to remember how influential authors can be, especially the author of your favourite book. It’s human nature to want to know more about how your favourite book was written, but there are some boundaries both the author and the reader shouldn’t cross.I’m sorry I can’t tell much about the story itself without spoiling, I think it’s really a story you have to go into without knowing much because every bit of information can spoil you and reveal something. I’m just really excited to read more of this author in the future!Full review to come on May 8th!4.5I received this book as part of an ARC tour in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
    January 1, 1970
    i REALLY enjoyed this. i've never read anything like this and i'm not sure how to talk about this? there are so many interesting themes that the author writes about that i found so interesting...like celebrity culture and how obsession can turn into something unhealthy but also how loving a book and loving an author can save you and change you in a positive way...but also in a super super negative way. i figured out the "twist" if you can call it that from the beginning, but it's not really abou i REALLY enjoyed this. i've never read anything like this and i'm not sure how to talk about this? there are so many interesting themes that the author writes about that i found so interesting...like celebrity culture and how obsession can turn into something unhealthy but also how loving a book and loving an author can save you and change you in a positive way...but also in a super super negative way. i figured out the "twist" if you can call it that from the beginning, but it's not really about that. i wouldn't go into this expecting a fast paced thriller. it's more of a psychological examination of people and/or characters. i also REALLY like the ending and dichotomy of it (i'm being vague lol). i'm surprised by that. anyway 4 stars, give it a go!disclaimer: i was provided an e-arc of this through edelweiss. thank you harperteen
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  • Dahlia
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a meta mindscrew, and I'm fascinated that someone was able to write all these layers. It's not a twisty book in the sense of shocking surprises, really - think Dangerous Boys rather than Dangerous Girls, where it's more about watching psychological evolution (or its reverse) rather than being stunned by any particular jaw-dropper. If you've ever been fascinated or consumed by an author's cult of personality, this is a must. Even if you haven't, read it anyway - it's an utterly compe This is such a meta mindscrew, and I'm fascinated that someone was able to write all these layers. It's not a twisty book in the sense of shocking surprises, really - think Dangerous Boys rather than Dangerous Girls, where it's more about watching psychological evolution (or its reverse) rather than being stunned by any particular jaw-dropper. If you've ever been fascinated or consumed by an author's cult of personality, this is a must. Even if you haven't, read it anyway - it's an utterly compelling examination of human behavior, the quest for absolution, and the lengths people will go to for success, notoriety, or simply just to fit in.
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  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    DNF. This is so boring and the characters are extremely annoying. I thought it was going to be more suspenseful or psychological but it's a bunch of rich teen girls speaking and typing in "OMG"s. Apparently there is something shocking and/or twisty coming, but I have no interest in finding out what it is.
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  • Caleb Roehrig
    January 1, 1970
    Innovative, engrossing, and smart as hell, ALL OF THIS IS TRUE is a perfect blend of soapy drama and suspenseful pacing. WARNING: the characters will make you ~feel things~ and you may shout at a couple of them, but you will also laugh?? A lot??A multi-part character study, the protagonists (and antagonists) of the book gradually reveal their true natures through an ingenious format; and by the end, you will be wrapped thoroughly up in their world.
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  • Angelica
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t leave ARCs unfinished. That’s just a personal rule of mine. If I request it, then I read it.That was the only reason I kept reading this novel.When I first read the synopsis of this book I knew I simply had to read it. It’s a mix of every reader’s greatest dream and worst nightmare.Imagine meeting your favorite author of all time. More than just meeting them, imagine becoming close, intimate friends with them. Imagine being able to go to their house and being invited to their parties and I don’t leave ARCs unfinished. That’s just a personal rule of mine. If I request it, then I read it.That was the only reason I kept reading this novel.When I first read the synopsis of this book I knew I simply had to read it. It’s a mix of every reader’s greatest dream and worst nightmare.Imagine meeting your favorite author of all time. More than just meeting them, imagine becoming close, intimate friends with them. Imagine being able to go to their house and being invited to their parties and sharing your deepest darkest secrets.Now imagine this author slowly starts to manipulate you. Imagine that they take advantage of your “friendship” for their personal gain. Imagine that they take your deepest darkest secrets and publish them in their brand new novel, barely bothering to change the names of the characters from those of you and your friends. “She played with them as characters for her novel because she wasn't talented enough to think of her own story.” That sounds like an interesting novel. That sounds like something I had to read.And for the most part, this book was. It had all the pieces. They just weren’t put together in a way that compelled me to keep reading, or even to like or care about the characters I was reading about.The book is told through a series of interviews, book passages, and journal entries. We get to see bits and pieces from everyone’s point of view and how they viewed the situation. Sadly, perhaps because of the format, I never got to connect with any of the characters. Then again, both the Illuminae trilogy and the Themis Files are written in similar fashions and I absolutely love them so, it’s probably not that.Honestly, all the characters acted like a bunch of spoiled brats. And not even in an interesting way, where I recognize they are terrible people but they are still somewhat likable. No. They were just annoying. Also, they kept talking about being “friends” and we see how this friendship falls apart but honestly, they all sort of hate each other so that wasn’t believable either.break.jpgI went into this book expecting a thriller. I wanted a mystery full of drama and morally questionable characters. I suppose, technically this book has all those things which only makes the fact that I didn’t care about any of it even worse.There are probably some of you who might like it, to which I say, more power to you! I'm glad. Personally, though, I just wasn't feeling it. The one thing it's got going is that it's actually not that long. That said, despite knowing this, it felt like it went on forever and ever.So, do I recommend? No. Not really. But hey, read it if you're still interested in it. I wish you luck and hope you like it more than I did!**I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much, HarperTeen! All opinions are my own.**
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  • Karen Barber
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley.A group of teens go to a book signing and end up being befriended by the author. They are given unlimited access to her home and time, and she seems genuinely interested in getting to know them. Except, then her latest book is published and it is - in fact - the story of their lives.The book idea itself was fascinating. I liked the inclusion of excerpts from the fictional book. Unfortunately, the group of teens were not particularly interesting characters. They had potential Thank you NetGalley.A group of teens go to a book signing and end up being befriended by the author. They are given unlimited access to her home and time, and she seems genuinely interested in getting to know them. Except, then her latest book is published and it is - in fact - the story of their lives.The book idea itself was fascinating. I liked the inclusion of excerpts from the fictional book. Unfortunately, the group of teens were not particularly interesting characters. They had potential to be, but they were focused on in relation to the fictional book so we don’t see much beyond the surface.Stylistically it feels choppy. We cut from interview to interview, to messages, to novel excerpts and it’s difficult to get a sense of quite where it’s going. It always felt like we were second guessing events/characters and those I’d really like to have heard from were not given a voice.An intriguing idea, but one which didn’t quite come together for me.
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  • Kathleen Glasgow
    January 1, 1970
    So dark, twisty, devious, and a ton of fun, with some serious underpinnings about class, mental health, hero (ine) worship, and pop culture. This book is a must read for 2018. If you love YA, you will love this book. And if you just love page-turners? This is the book for you.
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  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    3.5. i'm torn on this book. review to come some time in march.
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    January 1, 1970
    This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thanks so much to Alice @ Arctic Books for hosting an ARC tour of All of This Is True and letting me participate!I was extremely excited to read All of This Is True— it received some awesome early reviews, the premise sounded mysterious and twisty, and the hype has been steadily ramping up in the blogging community. H This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thanks so much to Alice @ Arctic Books for hosting an ARC tour of All of This Is True and letting me participate!I was extremely excited to read All of This Is True— it received some awesome early reviews, the premise sounded mysterious and twisty, and the hype has been steadily ramping up in the blogging community. However, this book ended up being a bit of a letdown for me.This story follows four teenagers who calculatedly befriend their favorite YA author, only to find out later that the author has used their lives as the premise of her new book. All of This Is True is told from four perspectives: Miri (through interviews), Penny (also through interviews), Soleil (through her emails and text messages), and “fictional” excerpts from Fatima Ro’s book told through “Brady” AKA Jonah’s perspective. If that sounds confusing, that’s because it was. I wanted so badly for this format to work, but it ended up being kind of a mess.Right off the bat, I was thrown by the format of this book. It’s told in a series of documents, interviews, emails, and excerpts, but much of the mediums and perspectives are too similar to easily discern between them. Also, eventually the fictional parts of the story started becoming meshed with the real elements. I’m not sure if this was intentional commentary on the author’s part, or simply just unintentionally confusing.Also, I just did not find this story as twisty or compelling as the book makes itself out to be. I’ll be vague in this section to avoid spoilers, but I pretty much predicted every “plot twist,” which made for a boring reading experience since so much of the book is buildup to these revelations. All of these characters make mistakes, which is fine because they’re teenagers, but I didn’t feel like any of them really learned from their experiences. I especially think Jonah is pretty irredeemable. The book, in my eyes, aims to make you question right and wrong, but I had no sympathy for him or his actions. Miri and Soleil were both blinded by their own experiences and couldn’t look at the situation wholistically. Penny was the only character whose perspective I even marginally enjoyed reading from.As for Fatima Ro, I feel like the reader is supposed to have these deep questions and really think about whether she’s a villain or not, but I truly do not care. Like, at all. She did what she did, and it’s done.I will say, this book was extremely readable. It’s about 400 pages, and I read it in just over two hours. However, I finished the book feeling unsatisfied. I thought certainly the story was leading up to a big question or theme or reveal, but it ended up falling flat for me.Overall, I think maybe this just wasn’t my kind of book? Maybe I’m not *~cerebral~* enough to appreciate the questions and commentary it poses, but I believe the narrative was just not well-crafted enough to make me care about the themes it attempts to address.
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  • Jay G
    January 1, 1970
    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!4.5/5 Stars Four teens become obsessed with a book by famous author Fatima Roe. They hatch a plan to get close and begin hanging out with her. They all quickly become friends and Fatima begins to manipulate them in order to write her next novel. But, a devastating secret turns all their lives Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!4.5/5 Stars Four teens become obsessed with a book by famous author Fatima Roe. They hatch a plan to get close and begin hanging out with her. They all quickly become friends and Fatima begins to manipulate them in order to write her next novel. But, a devastating secret turns all their lives upside down.I was hooked by this book right from the first page. The format of this book was so interesting! It's told through journal entries, emails, book excerpts and interviews. It was really cool how reality was interwoven in with the fictional story and how closely they both related to one another. The way the author incorporated these formats so smoothly was amazing. It didn't feel like you were jumping all over the place while reading, everything flowed so smoothly together. The pacing of the book was so well done, with every turn of the page, some new detail is put forth. The book is definitely a slow paced, thought provoking psychological read. The four teens, Miri, Solei, Penny and Jonah were all unique and flawed in their own way. I was easily able to tell each apart and loved what they brought to the story. I really liked how each of the girls were so different on their view of the author and what happened the past few months. Fatima's character was also great and it was interesting to see how she manipulated the teens into getting what she wanted out of them. The only reason I am giving the book 4.5 instead of 5 stars is because I was able to call the major "twist" but that didn't really take away from my enjoyment of the story overall.I will DEFINITELY be checking out future work from this author!
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  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    RTCThere’s a great quote in this book that somewhat sums it up: “there’s a fine line between genius and batshit crazy”(Okay, it’s not batshit crazy buttttt I felt it tried too hard to be clever and it showed)
  • Lucie
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as part of an ARC tour in exchange for an honest review.(Those are just my first thoughts upon finishing this book, but I needed to type them.)Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the messages YA literature should try to get through, because books can open your eyes on so many topics and make you change (hopefully, for the better). Considering their audience, the messages YA authors choose to talk about are very important. In my opinion, All of This is True is aiming to be I received this book as part of an ARC tour in exchange for an honest review.(Those are just my first thoughts upon finishing this book, but I needed to type them.)Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the messages YA literature should try to get through, because books can open your eyes on so many topics and make you change (hopefully, for the better). Considering their audience, the messages YA authors choose to talk about are very important. In my opinion, All of This is True is aiming to be just like that, it's about toxic relationships mainly, but also trust, forgiveness and friendship. When I finished it, I realised that this is the book I would have needed to read a year and a half ago. It's funny, because I wasn't sure whether I would rate this book 3.5 or 4 stars, until I got to that part that meant a lot to me. I am so happy this book exists and that people will get to read it in a few months. It was so gripping, thanks to the different formats (as it switched between interviews, journal entries, excerpts from a novel) it was written in and while I never knew which character was telling the "right" side of the story (but we're all humans and flawed, so the answer is: there is no right side), I found myself in all of them. I absolutely loved reading about teenagers befriending their idol and how that could go. That was quite a ride. Full review to come on my blog closer to release date.
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    I think this is more of a 4,5 or something, I'm still thinking about it. I really enjoyed the story overall and the original format, I got The Bling Ring vibes (and the book was blurbed that way, so... that seemed about right, a blurb is right, for once?!) and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THAT. It was an addictive read as well and one that made me think about it even when I wasn't reading. Such an interesting take on fiction / reality, how the two connect and boundaries and everything else.Full and more c I think this is more of a 4,5 or something, I'm still thinking about it. I really enjoyed the story overall and the original format, I got The Bling Ring vibes (and the book was blurbed that way, so... that seemed about right, a blurb is right, for once?!) and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THAT. It was an addictive read as well and one that made me think about it even when I wasn't reading. Such an interesting take on fiction / reality, how the two connect and boundaries and everything else.Full and more coherent review will be coming closer to pub date on the blog, Drizzle & Hurricane Books :)
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.Release Date: 5/15/18 3 1/2 stars While I didn’t think the characters were well rounded enough which prevented me from connecting with them, the plot of All of This Is True is highly original and I still enjoyed it. I think with it’s multi media format it will appeal to a wide audience.
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  • Cassandra
    January 1, 1970
    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for a copy in exchange for an honest review!*"“What’s more powerful than words?” Thora had asked the four of them once. They couldn’t come up with an answer.'What a freaking whirlwind. I laughed, I gasped, I grimaced, I smiled. I felt all the feels. This book was everything I had hoped it would be.It's a one-of-a-kind psychological thriller that manages to keep you on your toes and invested without too much action actually happening. It's a rare situatio *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for a copy in exchange for an honest review!*"“What’s more powerful than words?” Thora had asked the four of them once. They couldn’t come up with an answer.'What a freaking whirlwind. I laughed, I gasped, I grimaced, I smiled. I felt all the feels. This book was everything I had hoped it would be.It's a one-of-a-kind psychological thriller that manages to keep you on your toes and invested without too much action actually happening. It's a rare situation in which the author keeps you so actively engaged without much happening.To anyone who has even glanced at this book twice, put it on your TBR because this book delivers all that it promises.
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  • Atlas
    January 1, 1970
    There's that fine line between genius and batshit crazy* * *3 / 5What a wild, bold, confusing, ethically provocative, crazy, page-turning, and somewhat unsatisfying book. It's rare that a book can evoke so many emotions in me, but All of This Is True made me run the whole gamut - interest, anger, joy, frustration, eagerness, and annoyance. I reckon this is going to be a hit and it deserves it.We befriended Fatima because she's a writer. You can't hug a lion and then he surprised when he bites yo There's that fine line between genius and batshit crazy* * *3 / 5What a wild, bold, confusing, ethically provocative, crazy, page-turning, and somewhat unsatisfying book. It's rare that a book can evoke so many emotions in me, but All of This Is True made me run the whole gamut - interest, anger, joy, frustration, eagerness, and annoyance. I reckon this is going to be a hit and it deserves it.We befriended Fatima because she's a writer. You can't hug a lion and then he surprised when he bites youMiri, Soleil, and Penny are the holy triad of friends; previously united by their love of parties, the trio are now bound by their love of YA book Undertow. Together with their new mysterious friend Jonah, they plot to meet the book's author Fatima Ro. Imagine their surprise when not only is this charming, delightful, and captivating young woman interested in chatting to them, she actually invites them into her lives!It is only later, when they are enraptured by her theories about human interactions and forming relationships, when they have spilled their secrets to Fatima, that her darker nature becomes apparent. Then Fatima writes a book about them, about all of them, in a meta/inception-like fashion, and it has darker consequences than any of them might have imagined. The friends now divided, the book weaves together the narrative from interviews and journal entries from the three girls after the events have already happened, alongside excerpts from the book that Fatima writes.For months I wanted to know: What are you thinking? What are you hiding? What are you weighing? But now that he's told me, I can't unknowHonestly, it was such a cool idea. And even better, it really kind of worked. All of This Is True was such a page-turner, I desperately wanted to know what secret had ripped the friends apart, what had Fatima done, what was the fallout from this novel? Why was Miri so defensive of Fatima, why was Soleil so heartbroken, why was Penny so upset? Why? There was something so intriguing and authentic and creepy about Fatima Ro, a woman who got close with a bunch of seventeen year olds, who seemed kind and honest and then took their lives and wrote them into a book.So what didn't work? First off, about half the book consists of excerpts from Fatima's book: The Absolution of Brady Stevenson. This book is crap. I would not have read that book. It read so empty and fake compared to the "real" characters, which may very well have been the point, but it was annoying to read. Then, each character is doubled: there is the "real" person - Miri, Penny, Jonah, Soleil, Fatima - and their book-within-a-book counterpart - Marni, Brady, Sunny, Thora, and Paloma - so it never feels like you can really connect with each character.He was desperate to be rewrittenAdded to that, when I finished the book there was this sense of being unsatisfied. I still had so many questions! Who was Fatima? Is the question at the top of that list. Obviously, part of the point was to leave the reader to have their own answers, but as a reader I do want to feel like the book has given me some answers, some conclusive ending.All of This Is True is a wonderfully original, bold, wild, ambitious book. I've never read anything quite like it. But it also manages to be a bit too pretentious.My thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for an ARC of this book. Read this review and more on my blog: https://atlasrisingbooks.wordpress.co...
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  • Kaya
    January 1, 1970
    3.5Thank you to the publishers, who provided me with an eARC via Edelwiess, in exchange for a honest review.This book. I literally couldn't put it down at first, and the ending completely unraveled me. The entire book I was likeThis book promised shock, and it definitely did not disappoint. I'm still sitting here mind blown! So these three girls befriend their favorite author, Fatima Ro. I'm not going into detail about much more because I genuinely believe its better to go in blind. I very much 3.5Thank you to the publishers, who provided me with an eARC via Edelwiess, in exchange for a honest review.This book. I literally couldn't put it down at first, and the ending completely unraveled me. The entire book I was likeThis book promised shock, and it definitely did not disappoint. I'm still sitting here mind blown! So these three girls befriend their favorite author, Fatima Ro. I'm not going into detail about much more because I genuinely believe its better to go in blind. I very much liked the format it was told in, the different aspects of interviews and excerpts and emails actually worked perfectly for the book.I adored the pop culture references placed throughout, but I just need to give a moment dedicated to the author. See, she acknowledged the fact that "every teen novel has that sentence- she released a breath she didn't know she was holding." Round of applause for that!I will say, the middle bored me a bit, I couldn't see where the plot was going, and the romance lacked substance or development. It was an addicting, wild ride of shocking twists and turns hiding behind every wall but it wasn't substantial. It felt like a shallow teen book at times and I couldn't connect with the characters on any level. However, I loved the theme of human connections throughout this book. Forgiveness. Friendship and trustand being yourself, It was simply presented in a way that made me think less deeply and more along the lines of "Ooh, drama!"I will admit, I have not read many books like this but this was a bit reminiscent of The Thousandth Floor in the way that everyone is tangled in a web of lies and betrayal, often without them even knowing it. Finishing this book left me shook as heck guys seriously I'm dead inside I don't know what to think. Despite the lack of substance, it was actually an enjoyable novel that kept me going. If thats your type of book, please read this!
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  • Raquel Flockhart
    January 1, 1970
    “She played with them as characters for her novel because she wasn't talented enough to think of her own story.” {Note: ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.}I was intrigued by All of This Is True before starting to read it for two reasons. First one, because it was compared to We Were Liars, a book I loved. Second one, because it is told through interviews, journals entries and book excerpts.We get to know the side of the story of Miri, Soleil and Penny, three girls w “She played with them as characters for her novel because she wasn't talented enough to think of her own story.” {Note: ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.}I was intrigued by All of This Is True before starting to read it for two reasons. First one, because it was compared to We Were Liars, a book I loved. Second one, because it is told through interviews, journals entries and book excerpts.We get to know the side of the story of Miri, Soleil and Penny, three girls whose lives change when they have the opportunity to meet Fatima Ro, their favourite author. We know from the beginning that something awful happened to Jonah, a friend of theirs, and that Soleil and Penny blame Fatima because of that.The premise is not bad, but I hated the characters. They are a bunch of spoiled teens with a worrying obsession for an author and who speak and behave rather like children. But that wasn't the worst. No, the worst thing was that by the end of the book, the author tries to redeem a character who committed sexual assault. I couldn't believe what I was reading. Seriously, what was the author thinking?So this wasn't the YA thriller I was waiting for. It was supposed to have a twist toward the ending, but I think the book was beyond predictable. And honestly, I was done with this book the moment the author tried to redeem certain character. “I said I wanted a fair chance. That was my answer: a fair chance in life. I think that's all we can ask for, don't you?” P.S.: I'm not English, so if you see any mistakes let me know so I can correct them, please.
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  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    January 1, 1970
    “‘What’s more powerful than words?’ Thora had asked the four of them once. They couldn’t come up with an answer.” I don’t really know how I feel about this book but I almost think that’s the point? All of This is True is one big unreliable story about friendship, boundaries, and truth and it was pure entertainment. We follow 4 teens who befriend a YA author and their lives become more complicated than they could have possibly imagined. Things I Liked I really loved the mixed media format that “‘What’s more powerful than words?’ Thora had asked the four of them once. They couldn’t come up with an answer.” I don’t really know how I feel about this book but I almost think that’s the point? All of This is True is one big unreliable story about friendship, boundaries, and truth and it was pure entertainment. We follow 4 teens who befriend a YA author and their lives become more complicated than they could have possibly imagined. Things I Liked I really loved the mixed media format that was used to tell the story. There are interviews, emails, newspaper excerpts, book excerpts that all create this vivid picture of Fatima Ro and the friendship that developed between her and Miri, Penny, Soleil, and Jonah. And I loved how the excerpts from Fatima’s book was woven into the story to show what was happening.I also love that this story is so personal for the characters and that makes everything they’re saying unreliable. It’s impossible for their perspective to not be biased and that made the reading experience fun for me, because I could see what my views were and who they aligned with. Even though there are 3 main POVs- Miri, Penny, and Soleil - they all have distinct personalities that came across and were easy to differentiate.This premise is just so captivating and creepy and just everything you want to read about in a dramatic contemporary story. It really explored the boundaries that are pushed and broken when we develop friendship with people you look up too. Things I Didn’t Like I’m not going to lie, the story was a bit confusing at times. I think mostly because I didn’t have all of the information (or it was biased) - but again that’s the point so I can’t really fault it, but it did keep me removed from the story at time. There were some characters that I just didn’t connect with. I found Penny to be super annoying and I just didn't like her at all. I also didn’t really care for Jonah, we don’t get his POV in the story really, but he is a central character. He mostly just felt kinda removed from it all. Which again, probably works great for the story, but not exactly what I was looking for.All of This is True was an truly unique read that so easy to devour. I like that I don’t know whose side I’m on and that I wanted to keep reading, but I just wasn’t as invested as I wanted to be. But I still think it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the mood to be captivated by a story.I received a copy of the book as a part of the blog tour hosted by Alice from @ArcticBooks
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  • Melissa Robles
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 3.5 starsI am struggling to come up with what to say about this book except that it turned out to be such a different kind of read. At least very different to what I'm used to reading! It's told in different points of view and in different forms like interviews, journal entries, emails, and excerpts of A BOOK WITHIN THE BOOK (my favorite part btw).But more about it later, once I sort out my thoughts :)
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  • Hazel (Stay Bookish)
    January 1, 1970
    The drama is addicting! The plot and format were unique and intriguing– Lygia's writing had me hooked!
  • Jazmen
    January 1, 1970
    This book is like a really wild night on twitter. YA twitter.Wildly original, thoroughly engrossing, All of This is True did not come to play. Told in a series of alternating points of view, through emails, interviews, and journal entries--All of This Is True--is unlike any YA book out there, and it just introduced itself with a loud, booming voice. HOW YOU DOING?The story is about four teens obsessed with the YA book, Undertow. They agree to go to a book signing with their new friend, Jonah--wh This book is like a really wild night on twitter. YA twitter.Wildly original, thoroughly engrossing, All of This is True did not come to play. Told in a series of alternating points of view, through emails, interviews, and journal entries--All of This Is True--is unlike any YA book out there, and it just introduced itself with a loud, booming voice. HOW YOU DOING?The story is about four teens obsessed with the YA book, Undertow. They agree to go to a book signing with their new friend, Jonah--who's as secretive as he is good-looking. He's new in town--and the girls have sort of adopted him into the fold. They all go to the book signing with not only the intention of meeting their favorite author--but actually becoming friends.The author although slightly older--is down with being friends, and it happens a little too easily. Secrets are shared, too easily. They spend insane amounts of time with her--and their spilled secrets wind up costing them.What really works for this books is how well paced it is. You get just enough, at just the right time in the story, to keep yourself engaged from front to back.The book as mentioned is crazy original. I can honestly say there is nothing like it out there. It's captivating in it's originality--and enthralling in how downright disturbingly juicy it is.And the story is juicy for sure. It sort of reminds you of a sensationalized story--that plays the episodes in pieces, just to tease you right before the season finale.This is kind of like that. The characters: Although told in alternating perspectives--you do get a true feel for who they are, and that's no easy feat. So kudos to Penaflor for that!The plot is gripping, and kind of bananas--in the best way possible. There will be things you see coming, but there will be many things you won't.Overall, the book is very well-written, original, and down right brilliant. Recommended for anyone who wants to read something different--that will keep you reading until the very last page.
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  • Wren (WhatWrenReads)
    January 1, 1970
    4 StarsFirst of all, I want to say I cannot begin to imagine how difficult it would be to write such a complex format. I have said this many times before but I LOVE books with interesting formats and take advantage of telling a story in a non-conventional way. When I found out this novel was told through interviews, novel excerpts, and diary entries I got SO excited. I applaud the author's talent, all the sections flowed together so well it was amazing. You didn't feel like you were jumping arou 4 StarsFirst of all, I want to say I cannot begin to imagine how difficult it would be to write such a complex format. I have said this many times before but I LOVE books with interesting formats and take advantage of telling a story in a non-conventional way. When I found out this novel was told through interviews, novel excerpts, and diary entries I got SO excited. I applaud the author's talent, all the sections flowed together so well it was amazing. You didn't feel like you were jumping around between perspectives, time periods and stories, it all fit together perfectly and told this thrilling story in such a seamless way. Seriously, I could go on and on about how amazing the writing was.At the beginning, I was a little concerned that I would have a hard time keeping the main characters straight. I talk about this a lot but I have a hard time keeping characters straight in most books, so I get nervous when I start a book with multiple POVs like All of This is True. I found that once I got into the book more, and started to understand the opinions and personalities of the main girls, I still did have a bit of a hard time remembering who was who especially because each girl also had a counterpart in the novel within All of This is True that was based on them.This book is one that you will speed right through and then realize you are at the end because of how captivating it is. The story of an author manipulating these characters in order to write a book about their lives is such a creative concept that I couldn't wait to find out the ending, I'm sure that many many people will describe this book as unique as more read it, but that is truly what it is. Peñaflor does a fantastic job building this puzzle of a story, I can tell this book will be one that I will recommend to a bunch of my friends for a very long time. Every once in a while you come across a book that is just so different from other books that all you can do is rave about it to everyone you know, and that will be me. As the synopsis mentions, this is a genre-defying novel. While filling out the book details in the review I posted on my blog, I struggled to decide what genre to place it in. I stuck with what Goodreads lists: contemporary and young adult. Even if you don't normally read contemporary novels, I think you would still enjoy this. It has hints of a mystery and a thriller so it has something for everyone. Without spoiling it, there's not much I can say besides that it has some of the best writing I've seen, with some of the most interesting and complex characters. Specifically, I was drawn to the personality of Fatima throughout the book because she was such a mystery. I keep going back to read bits of this book after knowing the end and realizing how all the things she said and did relate to her motives, it's fascinating how well planned the timeline of this book is! I very much recommend All of This is True and really urge you all to grab a copy when it releases in May of this year!p.s I absolutely cannot wait for the cover reveal for this book, like its actually killing me how excited I am. Read this review on my blog: http://whatwrenreads.wordpress.com Thank you so much to HarperCollins Canada for sending me a copy of this book!
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  • Laurie Flynn
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to read a copy of this book early, and wow. It's so totally different than anything else out there, electric in both its prose and subject matter. Twisty, gripping, edgy and bold. Lygia Day Peñaflor is a brave storyteller unafraid to shock readers.
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  • Adiba Jaigirdar
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to like this book. It has such an interesting concept but unfortunately, the whole thing just fell totally flat for me.For one, I was very disappointed with the supposed "twist" in this novel. It was obvious to me from the very getgo, and was less of a twist than just... lack of communication? Convenient assumptions on the part of the characters? Naivety of the characters? It just seemed really convenient that none of the character ever thought to question what they were told, ev I really wanted to like this book. It has such an interesting concept but unfortunately, the whole thing just fell totally flat for me.For one, I was very disappointed with the supposed "twist" in this novel. It was obvious to me from the very getgo, and was less of a twist than just... lack of communication? Convenient assumptions on the part of the characters? Naivety of the characters? It just seemed really convenient that none of the character ever thought to question what they were told, even though time and again it was obvious (not just to me, as a reader, but just OBVIOUS OBVIOUS) that lies were being told. Even if they were white lies or whatever. (view spoiler)[ Jonah literally carried out at least 3 or 4 things from chapters of Fatima's book but neither Fatima nor Soleil ever thought this was strange?? They were just sooo shocked when they realised he had, in fact, read the book, and lied to them about many things!!! SHOCKING!!! (hide spoiler)]The characters were also... difficult to connect with. At least for me. I didn't understand Miri's motivations at all, nor her devotion of Fatima. From the way she acts, it seems like Miri wants to be the center of attention, she wants power, and her connection to Fatima was something that got her that. So why is she so defensive of Fatima after everything happens? Being defensive of her is not getting her anything? And they never really had that much of a real connection, anyway!Soleil, Penny, and Jonah kind of got on my nerves a little as well. I felt like they were all a bit one-track, and they didn't feel very fleshed out to me as characters. Also for a group of "friends" we basically never see them act like they're friends. They seem to legitimately dislike each other most of the time, and not like... in an interesting way. But to get invested in friendships falling apart, I need to see that a friendship exists? Even if it's a complicated and messy friendship. But honestly, Soleil, Penny, and Miri barely seemed like friends at all. Maybe it was a me thing, but honestly I ended up skimming most of this book. I would have DNF'd but I was hoping that there really was a surprising twist at the end. But, unfortunately...
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  • Clémence
    January 1, 1970
    I'm currently wearing my hair in a topknot because of this book. You should also know that I started it this morning, and I couldn't put it down. Quite quite literally considering I already finished it.Actual rating: something between 4 and 5 stars, I can't quite wrap my mind around it to be honest.I received this book in exchange for a honest review as part of an ARC tour. Full review to come in May!
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