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
LanguageEnglish
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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  • Lala BooksandLala
    January 1, 1970
    I'm confused by my own feelings about this story.
  • 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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  • 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. At first I thought it would be harder to follow the story, but not at all! There is no problem between the different timelines or formats, the story wasn’t dense but extremely fluide! I was also scared I wouldn’t able to tell whom from whom between 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. At first I thought it would be harder to follow the story, but not at all! There is no problem between the different timelines or formats, the story wasn’t dense but extremely fluide! I was also scared I wouldn’t able to tell whom from whom between the characters — each had their ownPOV — and their counterparts in the book within the book, but I never had this problem. Each character has their own thoughts, their own way of thinking and speaking, it was easy to tell whom was whom.I want to talk a bit more about the format of this book, because I truly think it’s one of the things that makes this book so special. Mostly because it’s well done. Like I said, this book is a mix of interviews of Miri and Penny, Soleil’s journal entries, and excerpts from Fatima’s new book. These different ways to tell the story made it memorable. 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 is about an author whom gets close to a group of teenagers, befriends them to know their deepest secrets and eventually writes about them. 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. In this book, Miri, Penny, and Soleil are so obsessed with Fatima Ro that they create a plan to befriend her, and in return Fatima is so obsessed with them and their way of living that she ends up writing about them and their secrets, their precious truth.I definitely had a hard time putting this book down, I read the first half of this book on a Sunday and the second the next Tuesday, if I hadn’t been busy with University on the Monday I would have finished sooner. This story is just addicting, you never really know what’s going on and the only way to find out is to read more and more. Even when you think something is true, turns out it’s not. The author did really well with this aspect. It’s an amazing mystery book! And there is also a huge psychological aspect behind this story, it plays a huge role and it’s also explained really well in the story. Honestly I’m having a hard time thinking of one thing I didn’t like about this book … it’s really not simple.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!4.5I received this book as part of an ARC tour in exchange for an honest review.
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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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  • 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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  • Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 120 pages I found this pretty boring and no matter what, i just couldn't feel anything for the charactersThe way the book is set out is really interesting and the premise sounded really cool, but I just found it moving too slow and not much really happened in those 120 pages, and I kind of felt like I was wasting my time. I had no care to find out what had happened to the characters at this point, so I've decided not to continueToo many other books to be read! :D
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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!Video review: https://youtu.be/YFq4D-N551s4.5/5 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 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!Video review: https://youtu.be/YFq4D-N551s4.5/5 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Odette Knappers
    January 1, 1970
    Dit boek is zo heerlijk meta! Ik vind het geweldig!De flaptekst van het boek alleen klinkt als mega-intrigerend vond ik. En het boek blijkt het ook te zijn.De hoofdpersonen is een club vrienden die helemaal fan zijn van een bepaald boek en de auteur. Heerlijk herkenbaar, wij lezers houden van het lezen over lezers en fandoms enzo.Dan raakt de vriendengroep met opzet bevriend met de schrijfster - hallo, heerlijke droom die uitkomt! Maar eigenlijk lees je meer achteraf, want die schrijfster heeft Dit boek is zo heerlijk meta! Ik vind het geweldig!De flaptekst van het boek alleen klinkt als mega-intrigerend vond ik. En het boek blijkt het ook te zijn.De hoofdpersonen is een club vrienden die helemaal fan zijn van een bepaald boek en de auteur. Heerlijk herkenbaar, wij lezers houden van het lezen over lezers en fandoms enzo.Dan raakt de vriendengroep met opzet bevriend met de schrijfster - hallo, heerlijke droom die uitkomt! Maar eigenlijk lees je meer achteraf, want die schrijfster heeft dus geschreven over die vriendengroep! De hel! Was het opzet, is de schrijfster onder valse voorwendselen die vriendschap aangegaan? Of was de vriendschap oprecht en is dit later zo gelopen? Of verdienen ze het op de een of andere manier?Want de vriendengroep zijn geen lieverdjes. Het zijn verwaande kinderen die op een privéschool zitten en in de elite leven.Dit hele boek zit vol met zo veel drama en intrige! Echt voor liefhebbers van Duizend hoog, Gossip Girl en Pretty Little Liars. Het leest ook heerlijk vlot weg door de gemixte media van uitgeschreven interviews, chatsessies, dagboekfragmenten, en dingen uit het nieuwe boek.Heerlijk leesvoer, heb hier echt van genoten! (view spoiler)[En ik vind het heerlijk dat ik nog steeds niet helemaal weet hoe het is gelopen en wat Fatima's motieven zijn! (hide spoiler)]
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    3.5. i'm torn on this book. review to come some time in march.
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5 starsWhen I saw the premise of this book I knew that I wanted to read it. What avid reader does not dream of becoming friends with their favorite author? And then when that favorite author uses their secrets to write a book ... well I knew that I wanted to read this.The book follows a bunch of high school students (Miri, Penny, Soleil and Jonah) and author Fatima Ro. The kids love the book Undertow. And they are ecstatic when the author shows an interest in them.Something has happened in t 3.5/5 starsWhen I saw the premise of this book I knew that I wanted to read it. What avid reader does not dream of becoming friends with their favorite author? And then when that favorite author uses their secrets to write a book ... well I knew that I wanted to read this.The book follows a bunch of high school students (Miri, Penny, Soleil and Jonah) and author Fatima Ro. The kids love the book Undertow. And they are ecstatic when the author shows an interest in them.Something has happened in the present. And we get interviews with Penny and Miri telling us how they feel. And then we get the past through New York City Magazine articles with Soleil's journal entries. Also we get excerpts from Fatima's new book (The Absolution of Brady Stevenson).The format of this book was the main problem for me. The story is only told through interviews, journal entries and excerpts from the book that parallels the actual story. The book part was actually sort of confusing at times because everyone Fatima wrote about has a different name than they do in All of This Is True. So we have to keep track of everybody's alter ego. Some of them are easier to remember (like Soleil is Sunny). I did find the new book (The Absolution of Brady Stevenson) very interesting. I just wish that the story had been told differently. Thanks to edelweiss and HarperTeen for allowing me to read this book.
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  • 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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  • trufflebooks
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5 STARS. SPOILER FREE!This is a more informal style review I like to write in on Goodreads but if you'd like a more formal concise one, check out The Nerd Daily which I'm now a part of :D OK so-- this was...a confusing yet not confusing read. It's got the sort of mindfuckery that takes me a while to figure out what's happening as I'm reading, with a bit of difficulty. So I'm gonna try my best to sort this stuff out so my mind can make some sense out of it.I N I T I A L F E E L SI read this b 3.5/5 STARS. SPOILER FREE!This is a more informal style review I like to write in on Goodreads but if you'd like a more formal concise one, check out The Nerd Daily which I'm now a part of :D OK so-- this was...a confusing yet not confusing read. It's got the sort of mindfuckery that takes me a while to figure out what's happening as I'm reading, with a bit of difficulty. So I'm gonna try my best to sort this stuff out so my mind can make some sense out of it.I N I T I A L F E E L SI read this book so fast and many of those stars are because I couldn't put this book down. It was downright addictive once you hit about 100 pages and got the general gist of where things were going. It was slow yet fast paced because the suspense game was so strong. Once I finished it I think I sat there trying to understand it because although the storyline is simple, the crazy format and the intricate little aspects of it were very engrossing. THIS is the kind of book I'd watch a youtube video about to understand it more ("All of This is True ENDING EXPLAINED" y'know what I mean). Let's chat why:The characters depicted are so very well described. They each had their own personality, and style and personal views. During the book, it was strange how my perceptions and opinion of these characters changed as the story developed. The general premise is, these young characters become friends with their favourite author, who then manages to publish a book a year later based on their lives and their secrets which obviously has disastrous results.Miri was a power-hungry obsessive teen, Penny the not-so-smart rich girl vying for anyone's attention, Soleil was a happy, naive and trusting girl with passion, Jonah the mysterious kid that is ultimately the main character of this book and the fictional one of which we read excerpts from. And of course Fatima Ro, a person who I can't seem to have an opinion about. Is what she did really so bad? It wasn't really her fault but exploiting those kids' lives for a book's plotline without telling them was kind of ridiculous - especially since the book chapter excerpts were so similar and weaved into real life that after I got the hang of it, it was simply a matter of remembering whose names were swapped out for what. Was she really using her previous book and this book to make herself feel better for her shitty actions, to rewrite history and redeem herself in her mind? Did she even care about the girls or even Jonah at all??? See what I mean about confusing. This book was so great at being suspenseful that I couldn't put it down, but ultimately it kinda left me with more questions than answers. It definitely had a lot of things within it that were interesting; the use of psychology in the start of cults, mob mentality and grieving, the obsession these teens have and how it seriously affected what they'd be willing to do for it. Also how toxic relationships can arise and especially the mindset of fanatics and how any kind of celebrity/author - fan relationship can go wrong because honestly, no matter how awesome their stuff is you don't really know who they are and what agendas they could have. Fatima was definitely the most mysterious character of all because as much as these kids thought they were getting to know her, it looked like it really just was filler information to keep them enthralled in her presence. The manipulation was there just enough that it had you wondering whether she was really doing it at all. "What's cooler than owning the scene? Disowning the scene."Now, the fact that this book had me so invested and interested to understand it just shows how good it was. While the twists were kind of predictable, the way it was written and its mixed media format of present time interviews, journal entries and excerpts from the new novel made me reconsider a lot. While it was a tad annoying and weird at first, it blended in so well after a while and the fact that each interview was so personal and each character had a different personality made it even harder to trust whether what they were saying was true. It felt kind of like Pretty Little Liars meets The Bling Ring and I loved that. The most disappointing thing about this, however, isn't just how confusing it was, but how flat and anti-climatic the ending was. Like YEAH, I GET IT you're trying to be mysterious and get me thinking but gimme something more. Nevertheless, this novel was pretty great, it was provocative, thought-provoking and original and I did enjoy it.Thank you so much to Bloomsbury Publishing for sending me the ARC copy of this book, as always this doesn't affect my opinion or my review whatsoever, and the ARC looked SO COOL with illusions on the spine. Thank you!xx Truffles------------------------------------------------------------------Full RTC on here and on The Nerd Daily once I've had some sleep and manage to slave away at work tomorrow on a Saturday morning. goodnight y'all x
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  • ellie
    January 1, 1970
    this book should be called all of this is "okay, i guess?" because it’s the exact thing i said when i finished.despite that, I have to commend the author for writing teenagers THIS well. It’s incredible! We never get their first person point of view yet we can imagine them as tangible people and know their hopes and challenges and insecurities. that’s the best part about the book, and why I rounded up my 3.5 in this review.full review to come, im goin to relax after what that ending implied, lma this book should be called all of this is "okay, i guess?" because it’s the exact thing i said when i finished.despite that, I have to commend the author for writing teenagers THIS well. It’s incredible! We never get their first person point of view yet we can imagine them as tangible people and know their hopes and challenges and insecurities. that’s the best part about the book, and why I rounded up my 3.5 in this review.full review to come, im goin to relax after what that ending implied, lmao...
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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)
  • Annabel
    January 1, 1970
    read this in two days, I liked it although it felt a little chaotic sometimes.
  • ✨ elsa ✨
    January 1, 1970
    **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.**I don't really like leaving ARCs unfinished. After all, I requested it because of something I saw in them that caught my atenttion and made me want to read them. And I didn't stop due to the fact that it was an ARC, if it were a book for myself I would have stopped at the 100 page mark or even earlier. In this case, the thing that **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.**I don't really like leaving ARCs unfinished. After all, I requested it because of something I saw in them that caught my atenttion and made me want to read them. And I didn't stop due to the fact that it was an ARC, if it were a book for myself I would have stopped at the 100 page mark or even earlier. In this case, the thing that caught my atenttion was the fact that the characters meet their favorite author, Fatima Ro, get really close, really intimate, to then get betrayed and get a novel get written about them and their deepest secrets. The concept sounded amazing at first, and I thought this was going to be like a thriller / mystery novel, discovering their secrets throughout the story. And oh, I couldn't have been further off. Instead, we get a bunch of annoying teenage girls constantly screaming "OMG!!1!1!!!!" and believing they are all friends, which I wouldn't see why they think that, but okay.The format itself was actually one of the best parts in this book. The story is told through interviews mostly, but also journal entries and the book that the author wrote betraying them. For me, I don't think the format worked out that well. No, I don't think it's really the format, since there are other books such as Illuminae or Themis Files with the same format, and the difference is that I liked those and not this one.I found Fatima's novel really boring since the very beginning. Honestly, at first I just read it, but as the story progressed you could find me skimming through it, to finally SKIP the whole portion because I found it that boring and not apportive to the story.Lydia's writing quality was at least, decent. It's not like a 5 year old wrote this book, which is always a plus. I don't think it's the best writing style ever, again, I found myself skimming through some parts because of her writing style. This novel was just a mess of points of view that could be condensed to just four, which is all that we needed. We don't need the points of view of the character that walked past the house.Overall, I thought this story was pretty much a mess. I was really invested in it until a quarter in, where everything just started going downhill for me and it just kept going and going and there was no uphill at all. I think this will be one of those books that gets much hype but will be forgotten in a matter of time.
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  • Melissa Robles
    January 1, 1970
    I 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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  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    January 1, 1970
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight I feel like I am moderately black sheeping on this book, because I have seen a ton of positive reviews on Goodreads so far. And mine will be... well, less so. Look, it wasn't all bad or anything, so that's good. And since a lot of people really gushed over it, there's a strong chance you will too! Let's break down the good versus the not so good, as you do. What I Liked: It's a super q You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight I feel like I am moderately black sheeping on this book, because I have seen a ton of positive reviews on Goodreads so far. And mine will be... well, less so. Look, it wasn't all bad or anything, so that's good. And since a lot of people really gushed over it, there's a strong chance you will too! Let's break down the good versus the not so good, as you do. What I Liked: It's a super quick read. And it isn't even a short book, it's just very readable. I was certainly curious enough to keep reading, and I finished in just a couple hours, so that's a plus. Who doesn't like when a book compels them to keep going, right? It is all about fangirling over an author! We can probably all relate to the feeling of being positively in awe of an author, and this book takes it one step further- not only do the girls get to meet their favorite author, but they get to become friends with her too. Which is a good reminder to us all that putting people on a pedestal is probably a bad idea in the long run. The format is a mixed-media situation, told via interviews, journal entries, even excerpts from Fatima's book. I really liked the variety- and I hope that the problems I had with it (more below!) won't be an issue in a finished copy! What I Didn't: I could not for the life of me distinguish among the characters. And in the mixed-media format, the headings were... not always helpful. There was one section where I seriously had NO idea which character was supposed to be "narrating" at the time. None. But even when it was clear, it really didn't matter because they all felt pretty similar to me regardless. You have three young, spoiled women with very little in the way of personality. By the end I kind of liked Penny (I think?) because she seemed to have a bit of growth, but that was the extent of my connection to the characters. The thing is, I am supposed to be feeling for them, that their story was used, that they were used, without their consent. But while I get that it was a crappy thing for Fatima to do, I can only empathize on a very basic level. The twists were super predictable for me.  Like basically all of them? I can live with it if I can guess one or two, but when I feel like I already know the whole outcome... what's even the point? I have super mixed feelings about the whole "copying their story for a book" thing. Like on one hand... get your own material, Fatima. That was annoying in the sense that she didn't even seem to try to hide their identities? She was almost glib in the way she betrayed them, which... why? Why not, if you're some prodigy author, not even make an attempt to make the story even a *little* different? Seems... fake. I understand why the characters were pissed, but I also don't fully understand Fatima's motivation in the first place. But then on the other hand, okay, she sucks, but... move on? The reason they *didn't* move on also seemed a bit farfetched. For the sake of spoilers, I'm being purposely vague. But the Jonah bit... Look, what happened was shitty, don't get me wrong. But what happened happened, and someone likely would have found out regardless of if Fatima had written about it. It's the age of the internet for goodness sake, no story stays hidden forever. So wallowing in this event for so long seemed kind of unrealistic too- especially since the girls didn't even bear the brunt of the fallout. The ending was so anticlimactic I don't even know what to say. Especially in the case of a mystery/thriller, it ended and I was sure that my Kindle was mistaken, because that can't be it, right? Oh just kidding, that was totally it, and I won't get those 432 pages of my life back. Bottom Line: While a quick, addicting sort of read, no connection to either the characters or their problems made this a lackluster read for me.
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  • Lotte
    January 1, 1970
    Beetje bizar, grappig en ironisch - echt heel origineel. Oh, en ook niet onbelangrijk: erg lekker vertaald.
  • 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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  • Kwante in Wonderland
    January 1, 1970
    recensie volgt op mijn blog
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