Book Review: This Much Is True

This Much Is True CoverBook: This Much Is True by Katherine Owen

Published August 2013 by The Writing Works Group|Pages: 469

Series: None

Genre: New Adult Contemporary

You Can Find This Much Is True on Goodreads|You can find Katherine Owen On Twitter and Facebook

This Much Is True is an e-ARC from netgalley.com, and this hasn’t influenced my review in any way!

Goodreads Summary: Fate brings them together
Fame & lies keep them apart
One truth remains…

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.

I absolutely loved This Much Is True, and yet I’m not sure how to properly express how I feel about this book.  It’s just so heartbreaking, and I just wanted Tally and Lincoln to have a happily ever after.  Which they did, but it took quite a bit for them to get there.

They just have so many obstacles to overcome and there were times when I felt like I wasn’t emotionally stable enough for this book.  But in a good way, because Owen really puts her characters through the ringer.  They have their moments of angst and pain and their own baggage, and I couldn’t help but root for them.

There’s definitely the element of them belonging together but life gets in the way, and he saves her from the car accident that killed her identical twin.  There are definitely soap opera-ish elements, but don’t let that deter you, because it didn’t feel like I was reading a soap opera at all.  There are also some happy moments, and it’s definitely a roller coaster of emotion.

I really liked Tally, and I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to lose a twin sister.  I loved her dedication to dance, and what it cost her.  I also loved her with Lincoln, and it took so long for them to get it together.  They balance each other so well, and they both have that dedication to something they love, even if it means making sacrifices in other areas.

There’s so much I want to talk about, but I don’t want to give anything away, because there are some things I didn’t see coming.  This Much Is True spans several years, and things didn’t seem drawn out, which was nice because everything seemed to happen for a reason. The ending wasn’t as emotional as I was expecting, given that most of the book was pretty emotional.  It also seemed a tad rushed. but it didn’t take anything away from how amazing and beautiful this book is.

Tally and Lincoln narrate the book, and I really liked that they both narrated.  Tally is the one who narrates most of the book, but every once in a while, you’ll see a chapter narrated by Lincoln to get a sense of what’s going on with him.

Final Thoughts:

This Much Is True is pretty amazing, and I loved Tally’s story.  So many things in This Much Is True were totally believable. This Much Is True gets 5 stars.

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