How did I get it?:
Netgalley- thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing!
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 was a really interesting reading experience. I initially requested this book because of its synopsis. I was intrigued by the idea of obsession and fandom. I’m really pleased I read this book because I found it utterly addictive despite the fact that it’s not as full of plot twists as I first thought it may be.
All Of This Is True is the story of four teenagers who willing tell all about their lives to their favourite bestselling author. They are completely drawn in by the author. What they don’t realise though, is that the author is writing a book focusing around their real struggles. It is then that they realise that all four are in a dreadful position. Their author ‘friend’ may not have been as genuine as she first made out.
This is a strange book because I never really connected with any of the characters. Yet I was still desperate to find out what was going to happen. I loved reading their stories throughout the media that was used in the book. That’s another element that I really enjoyed- there were so many different emails, journal entries and interviews. It certainly kept me reading. I think the formatting of this book is what makes it so addictive. It really demonstrated the line between fiction and reality and how close that line can be between the two. I think it sends an important message about the relationship between an author and a reader. There should be a firm line between both, especially for impressionable readers.
This book is over 400 pages long, however, it’s hard to put down. I wanted to know what was going to be revealed. I guess I expected more of a plot twist, but the twists that were there were quite easy to predict! I think if you go into this book expecting it to be a fairly easy going (on the plot) twist then there will be lots to enjoy.
Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars!