Wednesday, October 2, 2013

{Review}{GIVEAWAY} This Much Is True by Katherine Owen

I am going to add GIFS, lots of exclamation points, CAPITALS and cursing will also be involved in this review.. 
You have been WARNED!!! 

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.

My Thoughts

GAAAHHHH this book was frustrating, angsty, tragic, and not your typical romance. 
During this whole book, I just shook my head and screamed and needed a bottle of wine after I was at the end!

My poor, poor family had to suffer. 
I am pretty sure they wanted to disown me because I was walking around like a raging bitch.. its ok I can fully admit my bitchdom. 
My husband thought I was possessed.. 
I totally was babe, Katherine Owen stole my soul (bitch ;))..

Ok So where do I begin with this book.. Maybe the beginning.. we might be here for a while so hold on, this might be a long one...

While reading this, I just kept thinking about words. Lots of words. Lots of sentences. Lots of paragraphs. Lots of feelings. Lots of constant internal monologues. LOTS (is lots a word? ok maybe I should say A LOT) of everything but with all of these LOTS I was still left feeling a little bereft at the end. 
The ending and the constant internal monologues were the only two things I did not like about this book and here is why.. 

This book was HEAVY, was ANGSTY, and was NOT your typical love story, oh no she puts a warning on her books for a REASON.. Do not let your ego trick you into thinking you will be FINE while reading this because YOU WON'T
After reading through all the angst, I get to the end, I'm bloody, bruised and not the same person I was when I started it (remember:RAGING BITCH?), and it kind of just ENDS.. As a reader, I got what I wanted but I was left saying, ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME, AFTER ALL WE BEEN THROUGH, YOU END THIS LIKE THAT??? FUUUUCCCKKKK!! 
(raging BITCH??) 

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I need an epilogue I need to know what happens next, TELL ME!! 
(*If you have not read this book yet LOOK AWAY RIGHT NOW AND SKIP FURTHER DOWN.. Did Tally's family love Cara? Did Tally make amends with her family? Did Rob break up with that whore? Did Cara ever talk again?? Did Tally seek counseling??Was Tally able to have more babies? GIVE ME SOMETHING!!)

Ok you may now look.. onto internal monologues... 
I love internal monologues but when they are saying pretty much the same thing over and over, it gets a little redundant. I found myself skipping paragraphs because I felt like I just read that and I knew how Tally was feeling, I was feeling it too, so I didn't want it explained to me, again. 

Moving on to the GOOD shit

Just because I was a raging bitch, it didn't mean I didn't love this story. It hooked me from the beginning with the opening scene because it was a dozy. 

Imagine having to watch your TWIN sister die right next to you and you are able to walk away but unable to save her? Can you imagine it? 
Neither could I, it was too painful to even think about but thats what Tally had to live through 

She became a different person after that, she was edgier, closed off, scared of losing anyone else. She wants to run away, she thinks running away will let her escape the reality of her life but all that does is cause more pain and does not help her heal. 
She needs therapy she needs to DEAL with the pain, it wasn't healthy to keep it buried. 

Before her and her best friend, Marla leave for NY, they hit up a party where she meets Linc (for a second time). What she doesn't realize is Linc was there that night of the accident, where her sister died. He was the one to carry her away from the car engulfed in flames before it completely exploded. He was a regular knight in shiny armor. 
She doesn't remember him and Linc doesn't tell her either. 
But she feels this inexplicable connection to him like they share the same soul. They definitely have similar pasts and they are drawn to one another. 

But Fate, see Fate can be the best thing and the worst. She decides to fuck them up some, they have to work hard to be together.. its like they can ALMOST reach one another but can't quite get there... It isn't easy.. 

Can they get past all the obstacles to get to their happily ever after?? 
Well, that you have to read and find out for yourself!

So many lies, so much emotion, so much goes wrong in this story and I was so frustrated and annoyed and eagerly turning the pages to figure out what is going to happen (or should I say go wrong) next?? 

I seriously needed to find my happy place after reading this, I wanted to curl up in a ball and just throw in the towel a few times but I kept with it and I came out on the other side a raging bitch but at least I enjoyed that emotional roller coaster I was put on. 
Yeah, I am a masochist. 

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The story was told amazingly, I didn't want to put it down (ok a few times I did because I couldn't handle much more of it), the characters were well developed and you got a good sense of each character and what type of person they were. 
The concept/theme was a little dark and heartbreaking but it was raw and I could BELIEVE what I was reading. It could happen in real life, especially since the main character was so young when all of this happened. She had to deal with adult situations when she wasn't quite an adult herself. 
There were some minor errors but it wasn't a big deal (I am not a grammar or spelling nazi so it didn't bother me) no steamy hot sex scenes but the author gives you enough of everything else...

Overall, this book gets 4stars and I recommend it to anyone who likes unconventional love stories with A LOT of angst, gut punching pain, but some sweet/swoon moments to help break up all the craziness!

Great Job on this novel, Katherine Owen, I probably can't read another one of your books for a while but I am definitely looking forward to it when I can get out of this book hangover. 

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1 comment:

  1. Hey girl, thanks for taking the time to read my novel. Dark, angsty is my wheelhouse. No doubt. I would encourage you to re-read the last chapter again because most of your questions are answered there. Like I said, thanks for reading my work.

    Katherine Owen