Monday, February 24, 2014

Review: This Much Is True by Katherine Owen

This Much is True

Katherine Owen

Truth in Lies series # 1

The Writing Works Group

August 12, 2013

Both on the verge of fame. A ballerina who lies. A baseball player who believes her. Well, the truth changes everything.

Since Valentine's Day, Tally Landon has owned the most tragic story at Paly High. Now, she just wants to graduate, pursue her ballet career in New York, and leave this personal tragedy of hers far behind. Her best friend convinces her to attend one last party--a college party--where she meets Stanford's latest baseball wonder. Tally has a little fun at this guy's expense when she lies about her age and who she really is, intent on being someone else for just one night. After all, what's the harm in a few innocent lies, especially when she's so good at telling them?

Lincoln Presley's future is all mapped out. There is only baseball. With the big leagues circling with a lucrative offer, the star pitcher is solely focused upon securing his future. His cousin's party serves as a welcome distraction but then he sees the girl from Valentine's Day--the one he rescued from the burning wreckage on the 101. He can't quite hide his disappointment when she appears to look right through him, obviously not remembering him at all. Linc vows to learn her name at least. What would be the harm in getting to know this girl? What's the worst that can happen?

Fate brings them together. Fame & lies tear them apart. One truth remains...


I read this book in the last months of 2013, and I’ve waited this long to write a review about it simply because I had no words to describe how powerful this book really was and still is.

This Mush is True is a saga, simply put.  It is story about death and life, about the struggles of teenagers living with overachieving parents, and ultimately about love and sacrifice.  I loved this story so very much; it was long…very long.  Not long in terms of pages, but long in terms of the emotional angst that Owen pulls out of you when turning page after page.

This Much is True is the story of a young ballerina; Tally Landon who finds unexpected love in a college baseball player named Lincoln Presley at a college party.  What happens the night of the party changes everyone’s life forever.

This Much is True is full of tragedy and turmoil, and just when you think it can’t get any worse?  But Katherine Owen tells this story in such a way to make you keep reading even after you put the book down after a scene, angry at her for doing something awful to a character, vowing not to pick up the book again.  But you know you have to continue reading to see what happens, to find out if Tally and Lincoln can really have a happy ending after all.

This book was emotionally draining, but even after reading the very last page, I wanted to read more.  Katherine Owen captured my soul in this first book in the Truth in Lies series and I absolutely cannot wait to read the second book which is yet to be named.

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