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All of This Is True

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  3,413 ratings  ·  886 reviews
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
ebook, 432 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by HarperTeen
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Elle (ellexamines)
So this book… is wild. And not much else? I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed, because besides the admittedly amazing concept, there is really not that much to love about this book.

So let’s talk.

All Of This Is True follows four teens who spill their secrets to an NY bestselling author; their favorite, in fact. But when this author writes a book focusing around their real-life struggles, the lines of reality and fiction blur, and the four are put in an awful position.

First of all,
Lala BooksandLala
May 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm confused by my own feelings about this story. ...more
Emily May
DNF. This is so boring and the characters are extremely annoying. I thought it was going to be more suspenseful or psychological but it's a bunch of rich teen girls speaking and typing in "OMG"s. Apparently there is something shocking and/or twisty coming, but I have no interest in finding out what it is. ...more
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this entire book on a flight...that’s how addictive it was! I couldn’t put it down. The entire concept was so unique and well-executed, with little twists all the way throughout it. It’ll keep you thinking, and make you question what you believe.
This book is something else. I really want people to know this. It’s totally different from what I’m used to read, the format of the book itself makes it even more interesting. This story is told through interviews, journal entries, and book excerpts. At first I thought it would be harder to follow the story, but not at all! There is no problem between the different timelines or formats, the story wasn’t dense but extremely fluide! I was also scared I wouldn’t able to tell whom from whom between ...more
Nov 27, 2017 added it
Shelves: 2018-releases
This is such a meta mindscrew, and I'm fascinated that someone was able to write all these layers. It's not a twisty book in the sense of shocking surprises, really - think Dangerous Boys rather than Dangerous Girls, where it's more about watching psychological evolution (or its reverse) rather than being stunned by any particular jaw-dropper. If you've ever been fascinated or consumed by an author's cult of personality, this is a must. Even if you haven't, read it anyway - it's an utterly compe ...more
Trina (Between Chapters)
Interesting format, and the audiobook was exceptionally produced! But that's the only good thing I can say about this. The way the framing story and the story within this story interwove was so confusing. You are basically reading the exact same story twice but with names changed, so I would forget which names belonged to which story. I did not feel satisfied by the ending and can't even tell you what the end was? It felt like a great concept that was never developed beyond that framing. It kept ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I really loved the format of this book. Telling the story through interviews, journals, email and also excerpt was very new and unique. I was enjoying every moment of it and it flowed very well. And the premise was obviously very cool. It is a slow build but definitely worth it.

Yes, the characters are a bit naïve and a little bland but as I read more I began to actually sympathize and like them. Especially Penny, Soleil, and a teensy bit of Jonah. Jonah was just trying to escape his past and be
Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
DNF at 120 pages

I found this pretty boring and no matter what, i just couldn't feel anything for the characters
The way the book is set out is really interesting and the premise sounded really cool, but I just found it moving too slow and not much really happened in those 120 pages, and I kind of felt like I was wasting my time.

I had no care to find out what had happened to the characters at this point, so I've decided not to continue

Too many other books to be read! :D
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
i REALLY enjoyed this. i've never read anything like this and i'm not sure how to talk about this? there are so many interesting themes that the author writes about that i found so celebrity culture and how obsession can turn into something unhealthy but also how loving a book and loving an author can save you and change you in a positive way...but also in a super super negative way. i figured out the "twist" if you can call it that from the beginning, but it's not really abou ...more
Raquel Flockhart
“She played with them as characters for her novel because she wasn't talented enough to think of her own story.”

{Note: ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.}

I was intrigued by All of This Is True before starting to read it for two reasons. First one, because it was compared to We Were Liars, a book I loved. Second one, because it is told through interviews, journals entries and book excerpts.

We get to know the side of the story of Miri, Soleil and Penny, three girls

J. Greene
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
This book is like a really wild night on twitter. YA book twitter.

Wildly original, thoroughly engrossing, All of This is True doesn't 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 I've read, and it just introduced itself with a loud, booming voice.

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
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm having a hard time decoding my own feelings for this book.
I didn't like a single character (or, more precisely, I despised about 80% of them).
The plot twist was a joke (or, more precisely, I figured it out within seconds).
But I couldn't put the novel down (or, more precisely, I devoured it, let it take over me, made it my drug, needed more).

So, yes, I would definitely recommend it.
The Nerd Daily
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on The Nerd Daily | Review by Tracey Truffles

“It’s the idea that we should approach each other with open hearts and reveal our authentic selves through precious truths.”

When Miri, Soleil and Penny, three girls obsessed with the novel Undertow and their new friend Jonah get the opportunity to meet the author, they jump at the chance. They can’t believe their luck once Undertow’s author, Fatima Ro, allows them into her life and hooks them on her theory of human connections throug
May 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
The obsession with the author was intense... and also annoying. All of the characters in this were incredibly annoying. And the most frustrating thing was that none of them had developed by the end of the book. They were just as infuriating at the end.

Some of the dialogue sounded very forced and awkward.

However, the topic the book is discussing has happened in the past, and could happen again. It's something I've not seen touched on in a book before so I was impressed at it being mentioned.

Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it

Thank you to the publishers, who provided me with an eARC via Edelwiess, in exchange for a honest review.

This book. I literally couldn't put it down at first, and the ending completely unraveled me. The entire book I was like
ahhhh GIF

This book promised shock, and it definitely did not disappoint. I'm still sitting here mind blown! So these three girls befriend their favorite author, Fatima Ro. I'm not going into detail about much more because I genuinely believe its better to go in blind. I very much
Jay G
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel:

Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!

Video review:

4.5/5 Stars

Four teens become obsessed with a book by famous author Fatima Roe. They hatch a plan to get close and begin hanging out with her. They all quickly become friends and Fatima begins to manipulate them in order to write her next novel. But, a
Caleb Roehrig
Innovative, engrossing, and smart as hell, ALL OF THIS IS TRUE is a perfect blend of soapy drama and suspenseful pacing. WARNING: the characters will make you ~feel things~ and you may shout at a couple of them, but you will also laugh?? A lot??

A multi-part character study, the protagonists (and antagonists) of the book gradually reveal their true natures through an ingenious format; and by the end, you will be wrapped thoroughly up in their world.
I don’t leave ARCs unfinished. That’s just a personal rule of mine. If I request it, then I read it.

That was the only reason I kept reading this novel.

When I first read the synopsis of this book I knew I simply had to read it. It’s a mix of every reader’s greatest dream and worst nightmare.

Imagine meeting your favorite author of all time. More than just meeting them, imagine becoming close, intimate friends with them. Imagine being able to go to their house and being invited to their parties and
Kathleen Glasgow
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So dark, twisty, devious, and a ton of fun, with some serious underpinnings about class, mental health, hero (ine) worship, and pop culture. This book is a must read for 2018. If you love YA, you will love this book. And if you just love page-turners? This is the book for you.
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

I feel like I am moderately black sheeping on this book, because I have seen a ton of positive reviews on Goodreads so far. And mine will be... well, less so. Look, it wasn't all bad or anything, so that's good. And since a lot of people really gushed over it, there's a strong chance you will too! Let's break down the good versus the not so good, as you do.

What I Liked:

It's a sup
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Thanks so much to Alice @ Arctic Books for hosting an ARC tour of All of This Is True and letting me participate!

I was extremely excited to read All of This Is True— it received some awesome early reviews, the premise sounded mysterious and twisty, and the hype has been steadily ramping up in the blogging community. H
Karen Barber
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you NetGalley.
A group of teens go to a book signing and end up being befriended by the author. They are given unlimited access to her home and time, and she seems genuinely interested in getting to know them. Except, then her latest book is published and it is - in fact - the story of their lives.
The book idea itself was fascinating. I liked the inclusion of excerpts from the fictional book. Unfortunately, the group of teens were not particularly interesting characters. They had potential
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And this, my friends, is why you should not always trust a goodreads average rating. This is now my favourite book of the year so far.

I never expected to enjoy this book. I loved the idea of the premise, but really my main goal with this book was to just read it, and get rid of it. But then a plot twist happened and I ended up enjoying this book.

At the centre of the novel is 4 friends who befriend their favourite author. This author uses them, and their very personal lives, to write a novel and
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
3.5/5 stars

When I saw the premise of this book I knew that I wanted to read it. What avid reader does not dream of becoming friends with their favorite author? And then when that favorite author uses their secrets to write a book ... well I knew that I wanted to read this.

The book follows a bunch of high school students (Miri, Penny, Soleil and Jonah) and author Fatima Ro. The kids love the book Undertow. And they are ecstatic when the author shows an interest in them.

Something has happened in t
Nov 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary
I was so excited for this book you have no idea, so the disappointment is triple. As soon as I heard about this book and its concept I was ready to be mind blown.
“Four YA obsessed teens befriend their favorite novelist. What happens next will shock you”
Doesn’t this scream amazing?
But unfortunately the book isn’t what it promised to be. It mostly is an empty book.

The most annoying thing is that this is supposed to be a mystery but there’s little to no suspense, and it’s not enough to make the bo
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book should be called all of this is "okay, i guess?" because it’s the exact thing i said when i finished.

despite that, I have to commend the author for writing teenagers THIS well. It’s incredible! We never get their first person point of view yet we can imagine them as tangible people and know their hopes and challenges and insecurities. that’s the best part about the book, and why I rounded up my 3.5 in this review.

full review to come, im goin to relax after what that ending implied, lma
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am struggling to come up with what to say about this book except that it turned out to be such a different kind of read. At least very different to what I'm used to reading! It's told in different points of view and in different forms like interviews, journal entries, emails, and excerpts of A BOOK WITHIN THE BOOK (my favorite part btw).

But more about it later, once I sort out my thoughts :)
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I totally enjoyed this book. I listened to the audiobook which I think lent to the experience as it's a full cast and much of the book is told in interview transcripts so it really gave me a great sense of the characters and gave me those Daisy Jones & The Six vibes. (But a totally different story...this is actually a really just the interviews = vibes).

This story is about a group of overly privileged high school friends in Long Island - Soliel, Penny, Miri and Johan - who are obse
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
read this in two days, I liked it although it felt a little chaotic sometimes.
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