Review: This Much is True by Katherine Owen
I received a free review copy of this book for an honest review
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.
What I thought:
Wow, I've had this book for awhile and I can't understand why I haven't picked it up sooner. Could be because I had preconceived ideas about it because I don't like the cover. But it's so, so awesome. And painful. And heart-wrenching, and so sad and so utterly beautiful.
In the first few pages you get to meet Tally and Holly and with their sisterly bickering you fall instantly in love with both of them. Then tragedy strikes and lives change forever. It hit's you hard, even after just a few pages.
Tally's pain and grief is so incredibly real and it hurts, just reading about it hurts. I love this girl who turns in to a brilliant, strong woman. She stand tall even if a part dies a little every day and she plows through and dances, because it's the only way she knows how to cope. Throw in Linc in the mix and and I am in serious awe of this girl, heartbreak friggin' hurts!
Life never turns out how she planned and fate seems to have a grudge against her because he surely never helps out.
Linc and Tally struggles with similar fundamental issues, falling, failing and losing, but Linc got over his a lot earlier in the book. I guess it should be that way since he's got a couple of years on my favorite girl. While Linc still struggles with himself, Tally and baseball he's an all around good guy. He's not the hot, tattooed bad boy, he's more of mother-in-law's-dream-come-true kind of guy. He was a lot easier to like and love for his genuineness and honest struggles. I think all women secretly loves to read and dream about a hot, broken man we can "fix" or an alpha-male, but we'd much rather go for a guy like Linc. Which is why I love him, he's real.
I often comment of the writing on a book because it can really make or break a book, and I often say that the books I've like has great writing. But I don't think anything I've read can compare to Katherine Owens. It's so heartfelt and so true. She doesn't sugarcoat the bad or get overly excited with the good, she tell's it how it is and I truly respect her for that.
This is a book about loss and love, and then loss again, and it's filled with so much pain and anguish it physically hurts to read it. But It's one of the best books of 2013.
About the author:
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, and my latest release This Much Is True.
If you love angsty, unpredictable love stories, I'm yours. ♥
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