All of This is True: interesting, intriguing and deceptive
“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.”
All of This is True is a great concept – an author who befriends some teens to write her new book – written in a very interesting style – through using interviews, book excerpts, text messages. I loved the use of this mixed media within the book as it kept things fresh and it’s one of my favourite things to read in YA – a book that’s told through different forms of media.
I liked the premise of this book and believe that it could totally happen. Teenagers who end up befriending their ultimate author? Yep, that could happen. I mean, I know how much of a fangirl I am at times, so it’s totally believable.
There’s a twist in this book that I definitely saw coming. It’s not obvious necessarily, but I had my suspicions right away! This didn’t make the book any less enjoyable, in fact it made me think YESSSSSS! I got one!
As this book is told from a few different perspectives, you have to get to know the characters quickly. There were times where I was so engrossed in a character that when a new one came along I had to remind myself of this new character shift. I found there was moments where the characters weren’t particularly likeable, but I’m not sure if that’s what the author was going for. The girls in particular have their moments. Multiple perspective books can be really tough to convey well and there’s definitely times I had to think “oh yeah, this is Soleil, she’s THIS one”.
I did leave this book wanting just a little bit more. I’d love to hear from others who have read it to know what you think! Let me know in the comments, or on twitter, cause I think I could have quite a chat about this book!
Check out the rest of the blog tour! Thank you so much to my friend Lucinda for organising and inviting me to join in!