This Much is True by Katherine Owen
(Truth in Lies #1)
Publication date: August 11th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Both on the verge of fame. A ballerina who lies. A baseball player who believes her. Well, the truth changes everything.
Tally Landon is just trying to survive the death of her twin sister, graduate from high school, and escape her tragic story by pursuing her ballet career in New York. She doesn’t count on Lincoln Presley, Stanford’s baseball wonder, to affect her at all. Adding him to a long list of one-night stands is the plan. Lying to him about her age and name is her standard method of operandi. She doesn’t count on being found out, on seeing him again, or falling in love.
Lincoln Presley’s life is all mapped out for him. There is only baseball. With Major League Baseball circling their favorite prospect with a lucrative offer, he cannot afford to mess up. And, he doesn’t; until he meets up with the girl he saved in that burning wreckage on the 101 on Valentine’s Day months before. By the time he learns her real name and of all the lies she’s told, he’s in far too deep to ever really let her go.
Fate has a different set of plans, but when fame and lies tear them apart, one truth remains.
What an emotional rollercoaster ride this book took me on!!!!
Holy Crap! When I finished with this book I was emotionally exhausted. This book just didn’t have one particular plot; it had a lot of things going on. It was full of drama, angst, betrayal and lies. If you are an angst whore like me you will love this one. The plot was realistic and some parts left me emotionally raw. I found some things that went down difficult to read, while other parts had me so angry that I wanted to chuck my kindle against the wall.
This novel is based mainly around Tally. She seriously frustrated me sometimes and I wanted to smack the crap out of here. Then a minute later I wanted to give her a big hug and tell her everything was going to be ok. I found myself emotionally frustrated at times and at 75% into this book I wanted to pull my hair out over the stupid things Tally did. I loved how the author created a unique love triangle and had you constantly second guessing who would end up together. The characters in this novel were realistic and flawed. Tally sacrificed a lot and had me wondering if it was worth it. I felt sorry for Tally most of the time. She thought of herself as the bad egg and she really did not respect herself at all. There was a lot of back and forth drama and the novel was full of manipulations and lies.
“I am Tally- the loner, the party of one. The love and leave ‘em prototype. Heartless. That is me. I have no time for romance, flowers, or relationships. I live one-night stands with plenty of sex and no promises of a future. I like the lies I tell. I’m comfortable in telling them…..most of the time. This is me.”
The only reason why this wasn’t a five star read for me is because of the ending. After the emotional rollercoaster ride I was taken on I didn’t’ get a proper ending. I felt the ending wasn’t really an ending. I needed more and I would have liked an epilogue.
If you are looking for a novel that has lots of things going on and is filled with tons of lies, deception, and angst, then this is a book you will defiantly want to read.
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Katherine Owen writes contemporary edgy fiction, which translates to: she writes love stories that are contemporary in setting and both edgy and dark. Some readers term her books emotional roller coasters. With her writing, Owen admits she has a fondness for angst, likes to play with a little drama, and essentially toys around with the unintentional complications of love. She contends this began early on when she won a poetry contest at the age of fourteen and appears to be without end. Owen has an avid love of coffee, books, and writing, but not necessarily in that order. She writes both Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction which includes her bestselling TRUTH IN LIES Series (a series despite despising ‘series’) beginning with This Much Is True and her latest release, The Truth About Air & Water. The TRUTH IN LIES series is fan-driven. So. There will be a third book about Linc and Tally released in 2015 titled Tell Me Something True.
About Owen’s fiction…This is NOT the light trope stuff. She travels a unique, writerly path and enjoys writing dark and angsty (a “non-word” she is fond of) emotional love stories. She often warns readers to be prepared with: time, tissues, wine, Advil or your drug of choice. And, as her most favored character, Lincoln Presley, would say, “do what you must, Princess.”