Thursday, March 15, 2018

All Of This Is True ARC Book Review by Lygia Day Penaflor--I AM SHOOKETH

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. . . 

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. 


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. 

Lygia, can I have my wig back--because it has been snatched?

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  1. Wild night on twitter and bananas?? I'm super intrigued!

  2. Oh my goodness that gif at the end though xD

    But wow, this book sounds perfect! You know you're reading a brilliant book when somehow the author manages to juggle and perfectly balance everything - a great building plot, characters that engage you, emotions and everything down to the final detail. I'd never heard of this one before, so thank you for introducing it to me!

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  3. So how has this one completely escaped my notice until now? Penaflor sounds like a master at pacing and I’m already curious about Jonah and his secrets. And any YA that manages to be unique and bring something new to the table is worthy is a winner!

  4. With 5 stars you definitely have me interested. I also love when a book has texts, and emails and other ways to tell the story. Also it being original is another big plus. Great review!!

  5. YA twitter is sometimes scary, so I hope I am not scared by this book. XD I have a DRC for this and am excited to read it. Great review!