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This Much is True

(The Truth About Lies #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  3,326 ratings  ·  489 reviews
Both on the verge of fame. A ballerina who lies. A baseball player who believes her. Well, the truth changes everything.

Tally Landon just wants to escape her tragic story if just for one night. She doesn't count on meeting Lincoln Presley, Stanford's baseball wonder, but plans to add him to her long list of one-night stands. That's the plan. Lying to him about her age and
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published August 11th 2013 by The Writing Works Group
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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
4 Devastating, Gut Wrenching, What in the holy masochistic hell possessed me to read this stars!

She seems to have taken my soul. I'm going to have to figure out a way to get it back.

Sweet mother of fucking feels! I mean what in the effing fuck did I just read?!!! I feel like I've been run over by the angst bus, which then backed up and ran me over again for good measure. Then when I was lying there all helpless, the Feels truck ran me the fuck over and left me a whimpering, blubbering, emoti
6 "devastating, overwhelming, cry your eyes out, can't stop the pain" stars

A letter to an author

Dearest Katherine Owen,

I don't know you, but I would like to take a moment of your time, if you've got it. I am feeling so many emotions right now and I need to get them out and I think the only is to yell at you.

You have left me feeling broken, shattered and numb. I feel like I'm in a dark hole, with no light and there is no end to this devastating path that I am on. ( ok well there is a light
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
5 ★'s

WARNING: I've finished all three books before finishing this review and I've decided that I definitely need to start off with a warning...this series is not for the fainthearted! OMG...these books are angst-overload even for a junkie for me. So if you decided to take the plunge, be prepared to have your heart ripped to shreds...because you simply cannot not read them all! ♦

For all you angst lovers out there this is the book for you. For someone like me this book was magic. It had e
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a tragic romance.

Wow! Just wow! This book was not at all what I was expecting. It is tagged as New Adult Romance. This book is a romance but the drama is what is front and center on this stage. This is a tragic romance. I felt like I was reading a soap opera. This pair is destined to be together but life is constantly tearing them apart.

The story begins with Tally and her twin sister Holly at the cusp of their senior year in high school. Holly and her boyfriend have an on again off again relationship and she and
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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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
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a horrible train wreck that you couldn't stop watching...and I don't mean that in a good way. There were so many times where I wanted to stop reading, but I couldn't because I kept hoping it would get better. The two main characters drive me nuts! The beginning of the book had me excited and fearful for their future. When all of these other characters started to get involved and fate was determined to keep these two apart, I about lost it! And when Tally decided to give away a certain " ...more
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 01-signed
I don’t even know what to say. This novel that was just over 400 pages left me completely stumped. I am not even sure I can rate it. One star? Five Stars? Who the fuck knows. All I do know is that as beautifully tragic this story was, I hated everyone in this book at some point in time. Some I still hate, in fact Linc is probably the only one that I might have just disliked a bit. I am completely torn because I felt so much but those feelings were not the feelings I wanted to feel.

Part of me fee
Katherine Owen
Aug 15, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
A few questions and answers about my latest novel release This Much Is True

Q.This Much Is True handles some pretty heavy subject manner. How did you get into the mindset to handle writing about such controversial stuff?

A. I was inspired to write a novel where fate and circumstances keep two people apart and the innocent telling of lies by one of them leads to an eventual unraveling of the relationship and virtually keeps them apart. I eventually wrote This Much Is True keeping these themes in mi
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hot damn that's a big story. Lots of things happened and I get to the end and no freaking epilogue???? The drama, the angst, betrayal and lies. That's very frustrating. I was drug through the mud face down and I finally get to a conclusion and BAM!! Story's over. I'm kinda pissed. I needed more closure.
Lincoln and Tally had so much drama between them. So much back and forth and indecision. Throw in scheming people and manipulation and this story was crazy.
There were so many times I wanted them
♥ Sarah
Sep 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book purported to be "different" -- like there was something special distinguishing this book from all the other books in this genre. Frankly, I didn't see it.

There was, however, enough drama in this book to keep me interested until the end. I was almost on the verge of quitting when something OUTOFTHISWORLD happened, and though I couldn't help rolling my eyes, I just HAD to continue. Sadly, this whole book resulted in one too many eye rolls on my part. I just couldn't get past the dramati
✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ ✝✝

I have no idea how to write a review for this book. This book had parts that I hated and loved.
And on top of that, my emotions are not in the right place.

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Hence, I better not dwell further, one thing for sure, if you want angst, depressing read read, pick this one up!
And no no no don't expect for any good old romance, heart-melting ones here, this one is downright angst!

By the ending, I was even annoyed with their happy ending too!

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**ARC provided for tour**
Michelle ♥ The Romance Vault ♥
I received a copy of this book from netgalley in return for an honest review.

OK where to start. I actually really struggled with book. I found the text to be extremely long winded more often than not. Even during the sex scenes I felt the author had this annoying need to go off point and go off on a tangent. For instance when Tally and Linc first got together their steamy scene started and then Katherine went off reminiscing about Ms Kenner a past health education teacher, then we go to the part
*P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist
***Arc provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***

This review is posted on Way Too Hot Books.

"Nobody wants to be the dead twin's sister."

How many opportunities did we miss out, dreams did we crush, desires that we extinguished, because life, our pride or fear of failing got in the way? How many "easier roads" in the labyrinth of life did we walk, because of the fear of unknown and the fear of ending up hurt?
How many "ifs / would-have-beens/ could-have-beens" and loss can a sin
Mara De Guzman
***3 Elvis Rockin' Stars!***

I will admit that this book got me torn up. It's like I took a ride on an intense emotional rollercoaster and I am not saying this very lightly. One minute I'm curious and holding my breath, the next I was feeling sad and still holding my breath, and then I got extremely p*ssed off and I wasn't holding my breath anymore but I'm pulling my hair out.

It started slow but not exactly dragging and it held my interest. It was a good read, an exciting and emotional one up unt
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Dear Katherine Owen,


Thank you for 1 of the best reads I HAVE EVER READ! SERIOUSLY!

I don’t know how you did it without crying and crying and hurting and hurting! How did you do it? How did you handle creating that much ANGST fo
I’m not sure if I’ll write a proper review, but here are some of my thought on This Much is True:

○ I’m a sucker for tragic love stories! I finished this last night and I really, really liked it! The novel is not flawless, however I’m still giving it a high rating, because I truly enjoyed reading it.

○ It’s different from other NA novels. This is a unique love story; MCs are not even together for the most part.

○ One particular character who may be, dare I say it, my favorite: Rob Thorne; he’s mult
"4 This aint wonderland stars"

The thing is...

I think this is the longest story I've read so far its like Wow! The lies .. lies .. lies.. too much drama , complicated situations and self issues. This one hell of a story.

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

This is all start with one tragic night that changes everything..

Tally London is a rising ballet dancer. At 17 shes the rebel, hearth breaker and the no string attached kind of girl. Being a protegee t
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

17 year old Tally Landon and her twin Holly are involved in a car accident. Tally was driving. Holly does not survive the accident, leaving Tally devastated. Tally was rescued at the accident by Lincoln Presley. He tries to find out at the hospital how she is without success.
Tally recovers from her injuries and has to return back to school and the love of her life ballet. Three months have gone by and Tally's friend Mara persuades her to go to a party. It's at this party that Tally meet
Kim Boykin
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
NOBODY holds the human heart in their hands, deconstructs it, and puts it back together like Katherine Owen. Reading This Much is True was a privilege. THANK YOU, Katherine, for writing such a poignant and beautiful story.

You know that a book is going to be fantastic, if the first scene has you crying! And, that’s exactly what author, Katherine Owen, displays to her readers in the opening pages of her fourth novel, This Much Is True. Ms. Owen fills the pages with sadness, drama, love, secrets and unexplicable angst with each and every emotional moment transcended within the constraints of her novel. The characters are likeable and believable even when time after time t
5+ Just ripped my heart out STARS

Katherine Owen, what did you set out to do? You squeezed my heart tight, ripped it out, stomped on it, then it would start to mend a smidgin' but then you would just put the actions on repeat!
Talk about an emotional ride holy crap. Tally Landon is a mess after a horrific event. She begins to spiral out of control and she doesn't even have her family to fall back on. Her dream to rise to fame as a ballerina is all she strives for. Nothing else matters. She's a
Kelli C
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wowza! Talk about full circle circumstances, and talk about this book. What a complete train wreck of gut wrenching emotions, missed communication and off the charts stubbornness. I am exhausted after finishing this book...I honestly was not sure it was going to end...I had an almost panic attack at 90% when there was no HEA in sight.

This book is the emotional ride of 17 yr old Tally who loses her "better half", her twin Holly, in a horrific accident. She is saved by a stranger who never forgets
Karina Ramirez
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult, arc
4 WTF did I just read stars!



Hmm, still in a bit of emotional turmoil just thinking about this book. Not to sure if its a good thing or a bad thing.

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Let's see where this goes.

So right of the bat, about 3% in, we're hit with our first blow in this novel. BAM!
Then by graduation we get our second blow BAM BAM
Then by the end of the year we're hit again BAM.
Then in early February we're crushed again. BOOM
a year or so goes by ...
Then at an event were crushed again. POW
then we're
ARC provided by Netgalley.

Wow this book was such an emotional roller coaster i dont know where to begin. It was a heart wrenching beautiful book.

Tally was a twin until tragedy struck on valentines day and her sister was taken from her in front of her eyes, but that night someone saved her someone she called "Elvis", but she doesn't want to think about that night at all, its been hard to move on so she has basically closed off the world and focused only on dancing. Tallys pain is always very Raw
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, first-reads
Gah! This book!

It all starts with a devastating accident, a meeting that seals two fates for years to come. He saves her, but she won't remember him... Not really anyways. He searches for her but never learns her name, setting up the lies that will form their future. This book is all about lies, the ones we tell others, the ones we tell ourselves to get by, the ones we tell because we think we are protecting someone......and the ones we tell because frankly, it's just easier. But lies have reper
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it
The first half was good but the rest were a mess of things and incongruent facts.
The Book Trollop
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.. Mayb
* Sara Johns*
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

First things first... DON'T judge this book by its cover! The cover is pretty. The story inside is not.

This book is brilliant and unforgettable! This is the exact type of book I'm always searching for with little luck. I like stories where the relationships and characters are real, and they really have to work for it. I like things to get messy and I like my heart to hurt a little. Overall, I really just want to feel the story.

This story is essentially about two very broken and damaged
I received this book on NetGalley. I was intrigued by the blurb, it seemed just my kind of read.

"You can't really hear heartbreak. It is remarkably silent but excruciating all the same."

2 words can sum this up for me. Blown.Away. This much is true.

Right from the start, this book dives in. There's so much grief, emotion, tragedy, hurt, unrequited love. This book makes you FEEL. It makes you want to hug your kindle, throw your kindle and at times maybe just get up and take a minute.

We meet Tall
Claire Robinson
3.5 Stars.

Tally Landon & Lincoln Presley have a connection, it’s not a nice connection but they do. Problem is Tally doesn’t remember it, and Linc is too scared to tell her how it came about.
This Much Is True is a heavy, heartbreaking, unforgiving, completely brutal, and sometimes uncomfortable to read in places book. It’s about coping with loss, dealing with grief, love, peer pressure and the general pitfalls of life in and out of the public eye.
I actually read this book a couple of weeks ago,
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