ARC review – All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

ALL OF THIS IS TRUE by Lygia Day Peñaflor
Published: May 15, 2018 by HarperTeen
Format: Kindle e-book
Pages: 432

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. . .

3stars

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I finished this book in two days, but I’m still not quite sure how I feel about it. Some things I loved, some things I absolutely hated, other things I’m still confused about.

The good:

  • The format – I love books with a unique format and this book takes the cake. All of This is True is told entirely through character interviews, book excerpts and diary pages.
  • The story was unique. There’s no way around that. Maybe it’s me, but I’ve never read a similar story and this is what intrigued me to keep reading.
  • The ending – I love a good ending. And by good, I mean a completely imperfect ending that I didn’t see expect. This book nailed it.

The not so good:

  • Partly because of the format, I got very confused about the characters at times. There are far too many names and characters in this book, I couldn’t keep up with all of them. There’s one character in there that I still have no idea about. Who are they and what did they add to the story? Not much, probably.
  • The plot twist. Is there anyone who did not see that twist coming a mile away? Ten miles away? Come on.
  • The characters were very unrelatable. I think this part may be more of a personal thing, but I couldn’t relate to any of the characters. Perhaps that was the point, but they were all very unlikeable.

I would recommend All of This is True, not because it’s a particularly good read, but because I want to hear other people’s opinions on it. It was interesting to say the least, and I haven’t completely made up my mind about it yet.

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