Hello everyone, today I will be reviewing All of this is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor! I hope you enjoy this review!
Release date: May 15, 2018
Hardcover page count: 432
My rating: 4/5 stars
When four teenagers befriend their favorite YA author, they don’t suspect that anything will go horribly wrong. Miri Tan just figures that her plan to get to know the author has been successful. Soleil Johnston is happy because the mysterious new boy Jonah Nicholls has started to hang out with them. Penny Panzarella hopes that with their newfound friendship, she can show her school that she is more than just an airhead party girl. Yet things can’t always go your way, and the teens figure that out when author Fatima Ro’s pleads for them to be ‘transparent’ with her turns into manipulating them into the plot of her newest book. And we all know you can’t write a book without a good twist.
This book has so many amazing aspects of it. For one, it has an amazing method of communicating the story. This method was through ‘documents’ gathered about what happened. These documents include transcripts of interviews, diary entries, and snippets of the book that Fatima wrote on them. I really enjoyed this because it made you feel a lot like you are actually in the story and experiencing it just like a really scandal is going on.
On to the actual story, at first I was a bit bored. The author pretty quickly revealed what the big ‘twist’ was that made the group so scandalized. After I read this, I figured what more could they do? But this idea was quickly dismissed in about the middle of the book when things began to pick up. This was very interesting because a lot of times when authors reveal the twist too earlier, the rest of the book feels pale and weak in comparison. In this book, the author did the opposite of that. The author even made it so readers feel almost like they are spoiling the book for themselves through the ‘excerpts’ of the book that she posts.
Another great aspect of this book was the characters. I don’t think I have ever read more relatable characters in a YA book before. The three main girls were all book nerds in love with YA (which many readers could relate to) who each have different distinct teen personalities from the suck up, to the victim, and the one who just wants to fit in. I don’t know why but I felt like something about their personalities can easily resonate with people.
Overall, I recommend this book for fans of Illuminae because even if they are not in the same genre, they utilize similar methods of storytelling. Also, this book is best for ages 13 and up because of reference of rape and mild violence.
I hope that you enjoyed this review!
Until next time!
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