Review: This Much is True by Katherine Owen

Posted 25 February, 2015 in Reviews / 5 Comments

Review: This Much is True by Katherine OwenTitle: This Much is True
Series: Truth in Lies #1
Author: Katherine Owen
Genres: New Adult
Release Date: August 11, 2013
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About This Much is True:

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

Tally Landon is just trying to survive the death of her twin sister, graduate from high school, and escape her tragic story by pursuing her ballet career in New York. She doesn’t count on Lincoln Presley, Stanford’s baseball wonder, to affect her at all. Adding him to a long list of one-night stands is the plan. Lying to him about her age and name is her standard method of operandi. She doesn’t count on being found out, on seeing him again, or falling in love.

Lincoln Presley’s life is all mapped out for him. There is only baseball. With Major League Baseball circling their favorite prospect with a lucrative offer, he cannot afford to mess up. And, he doesn’t; until he meets up with the girl he saved in that burning wreckage on the 101 on Valentine’s Day months before. By the time he learns her real name and of all the lies she’s told, he’s in far too deep to ever really let her go.

Fate has a different set of plans, but when fame and lies tear them apart, one truth remains.

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My Review:

This book was definitely interesting, and intense. And more unique than most new adult romances I’ve read lately. It was very well-written.

I was more pulled into it than I was most dramas lately. There was always so much going on that I ended up canceling plans with a friend to stay in and finish the book. I mean, I had a really bad headache…yeah…

Anyhoo, several hours and quite a few tears later, I’m really torn on this book. I can’t decide what I think of it.

What I really loved were the main characters, Tally and Linc. Because I never knew whether to love or hate them. Throughout the book, they’re both so broken and trying to get by. They both make sacrifices that are extremely hard to do. Despite all that, they both made bad decisions that made you hate them.

Quite the dichotomy.

It was intense and angst-ridden, yes. Which can be a good thing.

However, I had the same problem with this book that’s plagued me in a lot of new adult romances I’ve read lately. I’m not digging the angst. There was just too much angst and drama and most of it felt very unnecessary.

It kind of feels like every author has a pool going off of who can rack up the most total minutes spent crying by their readers. It’s not sad enough to be a full-out sob, but just angsty enough to keep your eyes consistently watery throughout the whole book.

A few years ago, I think I would have liked that. But my own emo phase ended too long ago. My tolerance for teen/college age drama has just gone down a lot recently.

Really, anything else I didn’t like is because of odd pet peeves. Like when characters frequently say the name of the book, in the book. The main reason I don’t like this is because it reminds me of a Family Guy bit that I used to love until I watched it too many times and now I hate it.

My biggest issue was the portrayal of ballet. I always critique very closely when an author uses something I love, like ballet, other dance types, marketing, or public relations. I find that they’re so frequently portrayed insanely inaccurately.

So I could not get over the fact that Tally called her pointe shoes, “toe shoes.” Ballerinas are snobs about ballet, I know this because I was one. And the quickest way to get a ballerina to roll her eyes at you is to talk about “toe shoes.” I know dancers who get insulted, but mostly it’s just annoying. Do you call a football helmet a skull jacket? Or a hockey puck a black round thing? To me, it was always a respect thing. “Toe shoes” makes ballet sound…less serious and hard than it is.


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About Katherine Owen:

Katherine Owen writes contemporary edgy fiction, which translates to: she writes love stories that are contemporary in setting and both edgy and dark. Some readers term her books emotional roller coasters. With her writing, Owen admits she has a fondness for angst, likes to play with a little drama, and essentially toys around with the unintentional complications of love. She contends this began early on when she won a poetry contest at the age of fourteen and appears to be without end. Owen has an avid love of coffee, books, and writing, but not necessarily in that order.

She writes both Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction which includes her bestselling TRUTH IN LIES Series (a series despite despising ‘series’) beginning with This Much Is True and her latest release, The Truth About Air & Water. The TRUTH IN LIES series is fan-driven. So. There will be a third book about Linc and Tally released in 2015 titled Tell Me Something True.

About Owen’s fiction…This is NOT the light trope stuff. She travels a unique, writerly path and enjoys writing dark and angsty (a “non-word” she is fond of) emotional love stories. She often warns readers to be prepared with: time, tissues, wine, Advil or your drug of choice. And, as her most favored character, Lincoln Presley, would say, “do what you must, Princess.”


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