19 April, 2018

{ Mini ARC Review } All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor


about the book }


All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor
standalone novel
Publishes May 15, 2018 by HarperTeen
ARC received from my indie's ARC club
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.

Soleil Johnston wanted to be a writer herself one day. When she and her friends started hanging out with her favorite author, Fatima Ro, she couldn’t believe their luck—especially when Jonah Nicholls started hanging out with them, too. Now, looking back, Soleil can’t believe she let Fatima manipulate her and Jonah like that. She can’t believe that she got used for a book.

Penny Panzarella was more than the materialistic party girl everyone at the Graham School thought she was. She desperately wanted Fatima Ro to see that, and she saw her chance when Fatima asked the girls to be transparent with her. If only she’d known what would happen when Fatima learned Jonah’s secret. If only she’d known that the line between fiction and truth was more complicated than any of them imagined...

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my review }

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Honestly. This is not the book I would normally pick up. I mean, it definitely sounds intriguing, but this isn't the kind of thriller I'm drawn to. 

I... did not like this, really. I thought it was unique and captivating, definitely, but I didn't like any of the characters. It was incredibly hard to feel anything for them, so I basically went the whole novel without caring. Part of it, I think, has to do with how the story is told: through interviews, blog posts, excerpts, and diary entries. Through each, you find out more about the overall, you know, thing that happened, but also about each character. 

So, in a way, you could say this was character driven.

Too bad I just didn't like them. So. 

I just kinda wanna focus on the media format of this book because that's really made this book more interesting. Basically, this is a book about a book about another book, which is extremely trippy but kinda cool. It really works here and it seems appropriate for the teens. For the interviews, you really hear the voice behind them. For the diary entries, you really get into the head of the writer. For the excerpts, you're sort of distanced from it all, unlike the other formats, but eager to find out how all of it ties together.

And the way it did... well it was definitely something to think about. After I finished it, the ending really bothered me, to a point where I struggled to voice my opinions on it to my friends. It wasn't what I was expecting but I'm still kind of... angry? bitter? annoyed? by it all.

OVERALL. My feelings, like many others—I've read a few other reviews that basically say it better than I do, lmao—are mixed. 3 stars!

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