All Of This Is True
This book is like a really wild night on twitter. YA twitter.
Wildly original, thoroughly engrossing, All of This is True did not come to play.
Told in a series of alternating points of view, through emails, interviews, and journal entries--All of This Is True--is unlike any YA book out there, and it just introduced itself with a loud, booming voice.
HOW YOU DOING?
The story is about four teens obsessed with the YA book, Undertow. They agree to go to a book signing with their new friend, Jonah--who's as secretive as he is good-looking. He's new in town--and the girls have sort of adopted him into the fold. They all go to the book signing with not only the intention of meeting their favorite author--but actually becoming friends.
The author although slightly older--is down with being friends, and it happens a little too easily. Secrets are shared, too easily. They spend insane amounts of time with her--and their spilled secrets wind up costing them.
What really works for this books is how well paced it is. You get just enough, at just the right time in the story, to keep yourself engaged from front to back.
The book as mentioned is crazy original. I can honestly say there is nothing like it out there. It's captivating in it's originality--and enthralling in how downright disturbingly juicy it is.
And the story is juicy for sure. It sort of reminds you of a sensationalized story--that plays the episodes in pieces, just to tease you right before the season finale.
This is kind of like that.
The characters: Although told in alternating perspectives--you do get a true feel for who they are, and that's no easy feat. So kudos to Penaflor for that!
The plot is gripping, and kind of bananas--in the best way possible. There will be things you see coming, but there will be many things you won't.
Overall, the book is very well-written, original, and down right brilliant.
Recommended for anyone who wants to read something different--that will keep you reading until the very last page.