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Everything But the Truth

(If Only . . . #6)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  277 ratings  ·  59 reviews
If Only . . . she wasn't pretending to be someone else! The If Only romance line continues in this fun rags-to-riches romance.

Holly Mathews' mom is the new manager of a ritzy retirement home, and they just moved in. But having super-rich retirees as her only neighbors isn't a total bust, because the gorgeous, notorious Malik Buchannan is the grandson of a resident. Just o
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Danielle (Love at First Page)
Everything but the Truth is the sixth addition to the If Only series, a set of young adult contemporary romances written by various authors, all centered around the theme of wanting what you can’t have. They are lighthearted reads, a new spin on the ever-popular forbidden love trope. Tipped as a Cinderella-inspired story, Mandy Hubbard’s newest is about college-bound Holly, a girl who has never lived a privileged lifestyle. It’s only recently that she and her mom could start living comfortably, ...more
This was cute! It's exactly what it purports to be - no more, no less. A fun read if you're looking for something really light and like the whole "misunderstanding/hidden identity" trope. The only exception is that I was excited to read it because of the interracial cover, but other than their first meeting, where Holiday mentally guesses was race he is but never asks, it doesn't come up. You actually don't even find out. (And her first guess is Costa Rican, which seems so utterly random?) But c ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Everything But the Truth is definitely my favorite of the If Only books to this point. If it weren't for the plot being based on a stupid lie, I think this would have been a higher rating for me.

Holly Mathews lives in a retirement home because her mom is the manager. She loves living there, because it's the nicest place she's ever lived, the people are nice, and she can indulge her love of antiques (this place is fancy). Holly has a bright spirit, and I liked her fascination with art history and
Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it
This was my first Mandy Hubbard book and my first read from the "If Only" YA Romance Series (which focuses on teenage girls who want what they can’t have and fall for someone they shouldn’t, according to this article). I had no idea what to expect and I don't typically read YA romance novels, so I was a bit nervous; however, Everything But the Truth ended up being a cute, light-hearted romance with fun characters and major ship feels!

I liked Holly in the beginning. She was the average girl-next-
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Holly is glad that her mother finally has some financial stability after years of struggling after her father's death. The two have recently moved into an apartment in a posh senior facility, and her mother is on probation. Holly loves helping out the residents, and is sure that her mother will do well. They can stay in one place, and Holly can finally make some college plans. Soon, though, there is a demanding new resident to whom Holly's mother has rented the poshest apar
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

If only she wasn’t pretending to be somebody else. Holly Mathew mom is hired to work in a retirement home. They just move in,which mean Holly neighbors are very old people and very rich. It's not the best place to live, but it is not a total bust either, because gorgeous, and hot hollywood star Malik Buchannan is the grandson of one of the richest man, Charles Buchannan living in the retirement home. When they first met, Malik think Holly is there to visit her super rich family members.which sh
When wealthy playboy Malik assumes Holly is another rich relative visiting family in the fancy retirement home her mother manages, she doesn't correct him. Things between them were never going to get serious - they come from different worlds and in just a few months Holly is leaving for college. But when flirting leads to one date and then another, Holly finds it harder and harder to tell Malik the truth. He's been hurt by others who have lied to him to get close. How can Holly come clean and wi ...more
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Everything But the Truth is a companion novel in an adorable series, entitled If Only. I’ve really been enjoying this series, and I was looking forward to reading this one after enjoying Mandy’s first book in the If Only Series, Fool Me Twice, which I read last year.

Everything but the Truth is a rags-to-riches story involving Holly, who lives at a retirement home for the rich because her mother is the home’s manager. Holly and her mother have moved quite a bit, but living in this retirement home
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't do well with the stress, and a romance based on a deception is a hard thing for me to roll with. That being said, I rather enjoyed this book. The romance is sweet and clean, and the characters are interesting and original. I particularly enjoyed Holiday's furniture moving obsession, and her interest in antiques - it was just quirky enough to be new but it was real enough to be believable. This isn't a really long read, so most of the other characters are surface characters, but they don' ...more
Natalie D.
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everything But The Truth by Mandy Hubbard is mainly centered around Holiday (Holly) Mathews and Malik Buchannan. Their story is mainly set at a fancy and expensive retirement home, known as Sunrise House, where Holly's mom works and where they live and where Malik visits his extremely wealthy grandfather. Holly is known for voluntarily helping the staff and keeping the residents company. Malik is Hollywood-famous and well-known on the internet, but secretly he wishes that people would like him f ...more
Well, the ending was rather predictable and the characters were a bit annoying at times but the second half was much better than the first and overall it wasn't too bad. Not my favorite but pretty on par for the If Only series. If you're looking for a YA romance that's fast and not too serious and you're okay with the lying parts, you'll probably enjoy this book.
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was too good that it felt too short. Malik is soo damn cute: boyfriend material right there!!!
May 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF 55.8% (I might finish at a later date)
I wanted to like this.... I really did. With my reading of the Entangled Crush Publication line, I thought that I would give this a shot. It's premise was interesting. Alex was annoying (I don't know why Holly puts up with her missing arrangements and stuff but whatever.) I did enjoy Malik's relationship with his grandfather. BUT this book was too Camp Rock. What I mean is ordinary girl falls for celebrity bad boy, BUT their mom works for the place they
Shana Weerakoon
Holly is such a fun, likeable character! I really love her relationship with her mum and Henrietta, and her unashamed unique love of design and decor. However the story had the cliche, 2000’s, Wattpad-esque vibe to it. Malik did not seem as swoony and dreamy as he was supposed to be, in my opinion, and honestly it made him seem a bit overrated.
Cute, predictable story
Laura's Book Addiction
A super cute and quick read!!
It was a nice story
Arwen Urban
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
pretty good, i think it was a little predictable but still good for a fluffy romance
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've grown extremely fond of the If Only... series in the past two years, so it was with a whole lot of squeeing that I started reading Nothing But the Truth.

Mandy Hubbard introduces us to yet another light-hearted, seemingly impossible romance, and shows how it can work, against all odds.

Things that worked:


I don't say this often about fictional characters, but I actually felt like I was learning from Holly while reading. Mandy Hubbard has done a great job of creating a ch
Yolanda Sfetsos
The If Only books are YA contemporary (clean) romance stories that remind me a lot of some of the books I used to read when I was a teenager. So I always love receiving a new one--Thanks Bloomsbury!--and giving them a go. I take each one as it comes because some haven't worked for me. But when they do, I adore them.

This one falls in the Totally Worked For Me category. ;)

Holiday Mathews and her mother have recently moved into a very posh retirement home in Seattle called Sunrise House. This is w
Ashley Urquhart
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-arcs-own
This book was really surprising because I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. It’s not perfect, by any means, but I was expecting the book and overall story line to be much more shallow than it actually was.

Let’s start off with the fact that I LOVE that it’s set in Seattle–my hometown. I loved reading about Alki Beach, Lake Washington, Gas Works Park, and Pike Place Market. Since I’m so familiar with the area, it was really easy to place the characters in the setting. The author is from t
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is certainly a light and fluffy romantic story that you can easily engulf in one sitting. It's your typical clean teen romance novel since the characters - especially the protagonist Holly - seem a bit immature for a bunch of 18-19 yr olds. They blow up the tiniest things and overthink every small complication. Despite this, this book is easily amusing and entertaining.

Even though Holly has graduated high school, she acts a lot like a pre-teen. One might argue that if I was her and goi
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Contemporary fans
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Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
Grade: B
An e-galley was provided by Bloomsbury USA Childrens via NetGalley in exchange for review consideration.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: So after feeling let down by the last few If Only... titles, Everything But the Truth was a pleasant surprise. It's a short book with a simple plot - mainly focused on the romance - but I liked it. Holly's mother is a single parent, but they have a fairly good relationship and there's little tension there. The sub-plot definitely revolved around Holly a
Tiffany (About to Read)
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Everything But the Truth was everything I want in a YA contemporary romance: very cute, angst-free, and pretty low on the drama. Sure, lying to the person you’re dating about your name, family, house, and background is a pretty big (and dramatic) deal. The characters themselves didn’t make anything more dramatic than it had to be though, and that was really refreshing after reading
Nov 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a quick and easy fun read that kept a smile on your face. It was a very clean book which is not something you see much with young adult books nowadays and it was refreshing. Mandy Hubbard did a great job with these characters and her story. Loved every minute of it.

The books in this series can definitely be read alone but it’s still good to see a group of authors working together to make a series along the same theme. In this installment we meet Holly who isn’t as well off as the r
John Clark
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holly's life has been on the low end of the financial scale until her mom's latest job. Dad bailed early on, they struggled and she knew what pinching pennies meant in a way that most other kids her age never understood. It took several years, but now Mom has a degree and is near the end of her probation at a dream job, managing a very high class retirement home on an island in Washington State. Holly, short for Holiday, likes art, creativity and helping out the nicer residents. She saves the ti ...more
Rachel Geiger
This is actually the first book in the If Only series that I've read. The series centers around the theme of wanting what you can't have. I've heard of several of the previous books, but just haven't gotten around to reading them yet. From what I can tell after reading this one, I'd say that this is a cute series for those that just want a light and fun YA romance book to read.

Holly is college bound and spending the summer living/working at the fancy retirement home her mother recently became t
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Everything But the Truth was a good book.

Did it blow me away? No.

Overall it was a good story, but at no point did I ever question the ending. I was hardly on my toes about Malik finding out, unlike Being Sloane Jacobs where the Sloane’s had more to lose if their switcharoo got found out. I just wasn’t freaking out with Holly because she has plenty of opportunities to come clean, and opted out, in my head, she deserve whatever she had coming, yet I knew it wasn’t going to be bad.

The story also di
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it
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I absolutely adored Everything But the Truth. It was cute and funny, which is exactly what I needed at this moment. Holly was frustrating at times - lies and more lies get you nowhere, but the reason why it all started was so sweet and kind that it was hard to get really mad at her for doing it.

Malik had his own issues, which I wish would have been dealt with a bit more, but it was dealt with enough to keep me happy. I rea
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