February 11, 2014

Book Review: This Much Is True by Katherine Owen

This Much Is True by Katherine Owen
Publication date: August 11th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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Fate brings them together
Fame & lies keep them apart
One truth remains…

She’s become the Paly High girl with the most tragic story…
At 17, Tally Landon just wants to graduate and leave for New York to pursue ballet. Her best friend Marla convinces her to attend one last party—a college party—where she can be among strangers and evade the whisperings about her heartbreaking loss of her twin that follows her everywhere she goes. She meets Lincoln Presley, Stanford’s famous baseball wonder and has a little fun at his expense—when she lies about her age and who she really is—intent on being someone else for the night and escaping her tragic story.

His only focus is baseball, but he can’t forget the girl he saved on Valentine’s Day…
At 22, Lincoln Presley’s star is on the rise—about to finish at Stanford and expected to be taken early in Major League Baseball’s upcoming draft—his cousin’s party serves as a welcome distraction. But then, he sees the girl from Valentine’s Day that he saved from that horrific car accident and can’t quite hide his disappointment when she appears to look right through him and not remember him at all. He vows to learn her name at least before he leaves. What’s the harm in getting to know this girl? What’s the worst that can happen?

They share this incredible connection, but fate soon tests these star-crossed lovers in all kinds of ways…
And yet, despite the lies being told to protect the other, and the trappings of fame that continually separate them, and in lieu of the deception by those they’ve come to trust the most; one truth remains.

This much is true.

This Much Is TrueThis Much Is True by Katherine Owen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Omg, this book was devastating. The main character, Tally Landon, has to go through so many horrible things, it's a wonder that she is ever able to drag herself out of bed.

Tally is a 17 year old twin girl at the beginning of the book. Immediately into the story, she is involved in a terrible car accident that kills her twin sister, Holly. Tally's emotional state sort of spirals out of control after this. Tally is a very talented and dedicated ballerina, so she focuses all of her attention and energy into that, effectively blocking out all of the bad things around her. Until one night, at a party, she meets up and coming baseball star Lincoln Presley. Tally let herself feel something for him, the first in a long time, and the night ends up being one she'll never forget. This starts a very long, sad, tragic story of two star crossed lovers that can never get it right. Either the timing is off, or there are people forcing them apart, or circumstances arise that cause them to push each other away. Even though they love each other, they just can't make it work.

I really can't go into much more detail without giving away crucial parts of the story, and this is really a book that you need to fully experience for yourself to appreciate it. It was a slow starter for me, and it really took me awhile to get into it, but about 30% in it all just clicked. This book is an emotional rollercoaster, and there are parts that will just leave you a sobbing mess. Tally Landon is a great character - she is flawed, and damaged, and does stupid, crazy things, but she is also tough and resourceful and determined. I admire the hell out of her.

Don't go into this one expecting the typical New Adult drama. While there is plenty of drama, it is darker and more gritty than usual. And while there are times that the characters have sex, there are none of the usual "throbbing," "sweaty," HOT scenes that have come to be the norm in New Adult.

If this sounds like a genre and a story that you would like, I urge you to pick it up. This is a long, involved read that is well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Dark. Edgy. Contemporary. Romantic. Were we describing me? Or my fiction? Sorry. I drink too much...coffee, not enough water. I swear too much for God and my mother, and I slip these into my fiction. Sorry. I'm impatient, a perfectionist, a wordsmith, a dreamer, which ends up being good and bad. I'm a workaholic; ask my fam-dam-ily. I've written four novels in as many years: SEEING JULIA, NOT TO US, & WHEN I SEE YOU, as well as my latest release THIS MUCH IS TRUE. If you love angsty, unpredictable love stories, I'm yours. ♥   

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  1. Wow this sounds like such an emotional story and I love those dark and gritty emotional rides - though I can only read them when I'm emotionally prepared lol. I really like the sounds of this one though the MC sounds like one I could easily root for and admire, and I actually like the fact that it's not your usual NA dramatics. Great review!!

  2. I really liked how this sounds. I love dark stories and your review is AMAZING.
    And even though I like hot sex scenes there has been an abuse of them lately.
    Thanks for the review

  3. Thanks so much for featuring "This Much Is True" on your blog. Most of all, thank you for reading my work! I loved your review and I'm pleased it moved you (tore you in two? made you cry? made you happy, sad, or sometimes, in-between, one of those or all of them...). Gah! The hot sweaty sex scenes...who writes those? : )


    Katherine Owen
    Author of "This Much Is True" & other emotional romantic literary fare

  4. Great review! I can't wait to read it!


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