All of This is True by Lydia Day Peñaflor – ARC Tour

Hello, catreaders! How are you? Another week has started and this one is extremely special for us here on A Reading Cat. Obviously because it’s another book review post and this one is the first ever from its kind! I’ll explain all about it but first of all, I really need to thank an amazing blogger and even more amazing person for making this happen. Marie from Drizzle and Hurricane Books. She’s the blogger behind this incredible opportunity for us all and before explaining all this, I needed to thank her.

Now, All of this is True is being released on the 15th of May, just in a couple of days! And I got to read it in January. Marie had the brilliant idea of creating a little book tour around France to give other bloggers the opportunity to review ARCs (advanced reader copy)! And she also asked me! As you can see from the post photo, many other bloggers are also writing a book review on their blogs, so don’t forget to check their opinions too!

Without further ado, let’s begin! This is the Goodreads summary:

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. . . .

First of all, just this introduction to the book made me extremely excited! I mean, meeting your favourite author, becoming friends with them?! It sounds amazing! Even more so if you’re young and living through every word they say. This book was also something new for me because of its style. It’s very fluid, in an interview format and that made it very enjoyable to read, but also it meant it would be a quick read.

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I like to get sucked in from the first page, but that normally does not happen with me. It usually takes me 50-100 pages to get hooked in a story. That did not happen this time! I was reaching for the book all the time! Any 2 or 3 minutes I had to spare, I opened the book and I read it! I’m sure you’ll feel the same! It’s very addictive and it’s from the very first page.

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Now, I hate to talk about the negatives from a book but I couldn’t be completely honest with you if I wouldn’t mention them. I felt that this writing style was just too simple for me. The vocabulary was extremely simple and I felt that the story didn’t have enough depth. The premises were amazing, right? It reminded me of PLL! Which was great! However, I felt like it got a little disappointing when the truths started coming out. I predicted everything that happened. And I mean e.ve.ry.thing! So, this might not happen to everyone, but it did to me and I like some surprises, so I really got disappointed when I finished the book and realised I knew how it was going to end.

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The characters are interesting and they have great potential. Unfortunately, this wasn’t developed in the book. I loved Penny. I felt sorry for Penny and even though you could see she was pretty snob, I still loved her. And I absolutely hated Fatima. I’ve heard different opinions on her, but I could not stand that woman. The emotional harass she did on them, I cannot justify. And the ending, I just did not like. At all. One thing happens but then, on Fatima’s book we see another thing, another ending. Nop. Not having it, Fatima! You are not apologised!

SPOILERS NOW…

Advance carefully…

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I told you so…

I need to rant a bit more about Fatima but I couldn’t do so without giving some spoilers. So, Fatima. Why on earth would she hang out with a bunch of high-schoolers in the first place?! If she thought of herself as such a grown-up with older friends and being a published author, why would she want to become friends with teenagers if not to write about them?! This honestly was my first thought. I could not understand why she would develop a friendship if she didn’t have an ulterior motive. And frankly, she did. She manipulated them all. She pulled their strings and she knew exactly what to do. Even with that awful ending she wrote for Jonah, she knew she’d messed up and she wanted to appear as she had nothing to do with it. That she wanted his happiness first and foremost.

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So, what I’ve come to realise is that this book still makes me worked up. I still get annoyed by Fatima’s actions and how the book ended. And I still have a whole lot to say about it. It definitely reminds me of Pretty Little Liars (hence the GIFs!) but I also felt disappointed by the whole story and ending. I would recommend it, especially now in Summer that we have a little more time to read but I can only give it:

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It was a new discovery for me; it had potential; it was an interesting read overall. However, it failed in some other major points for me, especially in the writing style and characters development, so there you go! This is my unbiased opinion for all it’s worth! I would like to thank Marie once again and advise you all to go and check out the other bloggers’ posts very soon so you can be more informed when deciding whether or not you should purchase the book! Have a great week! See you all soon!

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3 Comments

  1. Thank you so, so much for being part of this blog tour and for sharing your thoughts on the book – I’m glad you overall enjoyed it and still found it an addictive read, despite the little negative points you have to share about it, as well. I’m with you that Fatima’s actions were REALLY frustrating, haha. I think that Penny was my favorite of the book – I felt empathy for her the most in this story, too 🙂
    Wonderful review – thank you so much once again for sharing!! <3

    1. Thank YOU for giving us this opportunity! It was really, really cool! I hope more may come in the future! 😋

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