I read this novel through a traveling ARC blog tour hosted by Courtney @ Buried in a Bookshelf. Thanks so much to her for hosting it! All opinions on this book are honest and my own.
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 puts a dark twist on the trope of befriending an author or showing up in an authors story. A group of teens wind up meeting their favorite author, Fatima Ro and she manipulates them and follows their life which ends up being her new novel. As well as injuring their friend, who winds up in a coma. No big deal, right? Are you intrigured yet? Let’s go on…
This was a bizarre storyline and personally, I felt it was slow so I ended up skimming some of it. I don’t know if that is just because of my busy schedule and I wasn’t on my regular reading schedule and I was in a reading slump, too. I do wish I could’ve been more invested in this plot because it felt like it had so much potential and was praised by the other bloggers on this tour! But, as a busy college student and contemporary veteran. Contemporaries just need to stop being so dang long! This is a new trend with contemporaries and I’m not okay with it.
BUT… I really did enjoy the writing style and the characters. This whole story is confusing and mysterious. The formatting of the book is different for every page and you get to see the POV of about every character instead of traditional style. This really helped envision the plot as a bigger picture.
You’ll be flipping the pages just to see how Miri and Penny, Soleil and more characters tell the story. Pun intended this is an open book. You’re able to see everything from the interviews to chapters of Fatima’s book and more. I really enjoy when thrillers add that to the story!
But, I don’t want to give too much away so…If you enjoy Pretty Little Liars-esque books, psychological-thrillers or books written in various perspectives and formats, I highly recommend this to you!
All of This Is True comes out on May 15, 2018.