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My Whole Truth

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  258 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Seelie Stanton never wanted to kill someone. She never wanted to be invisible in her own family, never wanted to crush on her best friend Alyssa, and she definitely never wanted to know how effectively a mallet could destroy someone’s head.

But the universe doesn’t care what she wants. Shane Mayfield doesn’t care what Seelie wants either. When the former
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Published October 2nd 2018 by Flux
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Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ya-books, 2018
👩🏻 3.5 Stars (rounded up) for this story of strength, bravery and truth 🏇

The opening scene of the book is powerful. Seelie is brutally attacked by Shane Mayfield, the son of a well respected and connected local judge. In the throes of defending herself against Shane's vicious attack she ends up killing him in self-defense.

"I knew he would kill me if he got back up so I made sure he couldn't... Don't you understand? I had to save myself. I had to."

Yet, due to various connections within the leg
jv poore
I’ve struggled with this review for a few weeks, because I was stunned. Speechless. Now, I accept the fact that I will never find and assemble accurate words to aptly address my deep desire for everyone to read this book. But, I can’t keep not telling you about My Whole Truth by Mischa Thrace. So…

Starting this story is a bit like having a bucket of ice-cold water dumped over your head. From out of nowhere. That steal-your-breath, shocking feeling, fused with white-hot anger, stayed with me. Quit
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, mystery, ya
My Whole Truth by Mischa Thrace is Young Adult mystery novel that tells the story of Seelie (Cecilia) Stanton, a teenaged girl who is attacked by Shane, the older brother of a classmate. Seelie fights for her life and kills Shane Mayfield, seemingly a perfect case of self-defense. Seelie is questioned by a detective devoid of empathy. The teen has bruises on her neck, and her leg and face have been ripped open by a knife but she is treated as a liar from the get-go. Seelie is rattled and embarra ...more
Elle (ellexamines)
Oct 20, 2017 marked it as zzzzz-coverporn-etc
is it bad that "murderous vigilante lesbian" sounds like a fucking awesome concept

Arc received from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review. [release: October 2]
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
"The air is dead with the stench of blood.

When a book starts with a paragraph like that, I know I am in trouble because I am SOLD!!

My Whole Truth is a YA suspense novel about a 17-year- old Seelie who is brutally attacked by a 21-year-old Shane and kills him in self-defence. Or at least that's what it seems until she is arrested for murder.

Seelie does not have many friends but she has three very close ones - Lyssa, Finn and Ashlyn. The foursome looks to be unseparable at first but as
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
My Whole Truth is a YA/Teen book that covers some dark subjects. Told first person from the view of 17 year old Seelie, the book starts with her calling 911 after being attacked by, and subsequently killing, a 20 year old former classmate. Without doubt, a great suspenseful beginning but that's where the novelty of this story ended for me. The main character is grossly undeveloped as is the story in general. Seelie has a turbulent relationship with her mother, which is a recurring theme in this ...more
shady boots
Thank you to NetGalley and Flux for sending me an ARC of this book.

--4.5 stars--

Trigger Warning: Sexual assault/rape, victim blaming, bullying, (view spoiler)

This was a powerful book. It was difficult to read at times due to the subject matter, of course. A lot of you will be wanting to throw your copies or reading devices out of frustration, like I did. The story in itself isn't exactly new or groundbreaking, but I feel like it's a very important story that needs to be
Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was an emotional journey of frustration, strength, bravery, and truth. The main character is attacked and kills her attacker (a popular boy with a judge father). She claims self-defense, but is tried for murder.
The novel chronicles her experiences through the justice system and aftermath of being attacked.
I loved the portrayal of friendship in this book and it also had good representation. I will be thinking of it for awhile to come. Highly recommended.
Rheama Heather
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
A high school boy is dead and seventeen year old Seelie (short for Cecilia) stands accused. Was it self-defense or cold-blooded murder?

This subject matter is surprisingly dark for a YA novel. The more disturbing parts are glossed over except for one detailed scene that reads like an article straight out of Teen Vogue. It left me irritated this politically charged opinion was so blatantly aimed at young women. However, I don’t believe in censorship either ... so my approval isn’t necessary.

I fini
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was ok


Most importantly, I would like to thank NetGalley and publishers for allowing me to read this book. Thank you very much.

“The air is dead with the stench of blood.

Actual rating: 2.5 stars

My Whole Truth is a mystery, who obviously comes out this month (October 2d), but I kinda felt disappointed in it.

Look, I desperately wanted to like it, but it came out as a “meh read”.

But let’s begin with the plot: My Whole Truth talks about a

Manon the Malicious
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
*4.25 Stars*

I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

TW: assault, victim-blaming, (view spoiler)

My Whole Truth tells Seelie's story. It starts in a very brutal scene where we understand that she just had to fight for her life and was left injured and bleeding.
Quickly, we figure out that she killed whoever assaulted her.
She succeeds in calling for help and is sent to the hospital.
But, somehow, that's only the start of the nightmare she's
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars.

TW for rape.

I had pretty low expectations going into this one, but I ended up LOVING it. It's always super refreshing to see a queer relationship (or a queer person at all) in a non contemporary book, especially it being F/F. This book was extraordinary thrilling as we followed the trail following the main character's attack, and give a perspective not often brought to light.

I am going to give this 4 stars though because I had issues with how the love interest crossed a few boundaries
Det. Nidhi
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Warning: Book contains elements of sexual abuse, murder and bullying. If you get triggered by these subjects, there are plenty of other books out there.

On that note, let me begin. Don't let the YA label fool you. If anything it's more than YA. If I'm being honest, this was a difficult book for me to read, mostly because the bullying is intense and the subjects are hard to deal with.

The story begins off with the protagonist, Cecilia Stanton running away from her attacker and calling 911. She's b
Oct 01, 2018 marked it as to-read
'My Whole Truth' is Mischa Thrace's highly anticipated debut novel and it's a solid one at that! Firstly, I have to mention the synopsis - it has to be one of the most powerful and alluring I've ever laid eyes on so kudos to whoever wrote it. It's done its job and then some! Quite often a wonderfully engaging premise can, unfortunately, result in major disappointment for a reader, but I had no such issues here. Bottom line - this is a superb debut!

The story follows teenager Seelie Stanton and a
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of MY WHOLE TRUTH by Mischa Thrace in exchange for my honest review.***


Seelie kills Travis to save her life. Too bad his father is a judge, because now she’s charged with murder. Her friends believe in and support her; her lawyer is great. Seelie’s widowed mom, not so much.

Debut writer Mischa Thrace hits a home run in her first at bat. Throughout reading MY WHOLE TRUTH, I had the same curiosity and interest in the pit of my st
Brittany Lamb
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
WOW. What a ride.

First off, I want to say thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for sending me a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This has been my favorite ARC I've received to date.

This story will put you in your feels. There is seriously no other way to put it. You will be so sad and so infuriated and if you don't feel these emotions throughout this, then I'm just gonna go ahead and let you know that your heart is either nonexistent or has transformed into a cold, d
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This book made me realize that I've never read an F/F Romance book. Sure I've read books with side characters that were lesbians, but never one about them, which is a tragedy in itself because seriously, I read an unhealthy amount of their male counterpart- M/M Romance.

That literally had nothing to do with the book in itself, but I just thought I'd mention it because why the hell not?

Anyways, since we are on the topic of a lesbian romance, I feel like I should mention that the romance
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Special thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Seelie Stanton is a fairly normal seventeen year old. She enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her small group of friends (who call themselves the faction.) While at work one day, she is attacked by Shane Mayfield, the brother of one of her classmates and son of a local judge. Shane dies as the result of Seelie defending herself. Seelie is left in the difficult position of having to co
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

I feel like I just spent the past few days binge watching a Nextflix show called “My whole truth: the Cecilia Stanton story” <-- (I would totally watch that!!)

This book was captivating. From the first chapter, I wanted to do nothing else but to keep reading to find out what happens.

Here are some things that I liked about this book:

- Strong female protagonist - Seelie had strong ideas about her self and her values. I liked that she wasn't looking for approval or easily influenced - especial
Elizabeth Tammi
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Seelie is cornered and attacked by Shane, her small town’s golden boy, the situation is clear to her– only one of them gets out alive. She manages to kill Shane in a clear act of self-defense, but not many in her town see it the same way. With city politics intertwined in her trial for murder, Seelie must fight to prove she was right for killing him. By her side is her fierce, pro-bono lawyer seeking to help Seelie to make up for the flaws she sees in the justice system. Seelie’s crush and ...more
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Not sure where to begin on this one as the storyline was a bit unbelievable but the writing was good and it flowed. There is a small lesbian storyline offshoot for the main character Seelie (Cecelia) and her closest friend Lyssa but it is very minor. The main focus of the book is on Seelie and her small "faction" of friends that include Lyssa and two other close friends of Seelies. I like how her close knit group of friends really stick up for each other. I think Seelie's savage attack that ends ...more
D.J. Adamson
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s not the novel’s story.
This story has been told before.
It’s not that the plot has a structure of twists to keep the reader stumped and the ending held in expectation.
Although, early on, the reader is told not all is being revealed.
Mischa Thrace has written this novel with such an honest, authentic voice, a reader forgets the book is a work of fiction.
Whatever awards Mischa has or will receive are truly deserved.

Reviewed in Le Coeur de l'Artiste
Alja Katuin
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap this read.. Nothing short of a rollercoaster, Seelie is taking us on one bumpy ride through one of the most hellish things that could happen to someone.
My Whole Truth is a story about that; uncovering the truth, even though it’s difficult. And one about unending friendships.

If you’re looking for a book that takes you by your reader-balls and doesn’t let go until the very last page.. this book is for you!
Kit Frick
With sharp writing and compelling twists, My Whole Truth turns a blistering eye to the aftermath of a brutal assault—and a young woman’s fight to regain control of her story and life. A riveting debut.
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good read although predictable.
Kathy - Books & Munches
BE AWARE OF THE TRIGGERS, because there are quite a few and I'm mentioning them in my review too. Another thing I'm mentioning right now is that this is the story of a survivor, written by a survivor and this review is also written by a survivor. Had to be said.

I started reading this novel about an hour before bed time and I ended up going to sleep.. three hours late and halfway through My Whole Truth. I couldn't stop reading at all. I tried, honestly. But I just couldn't fall asleep because I h
Carol Kean
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a well-written novel with a page-turning plot, and others are sure to sing its praises.

Great opening lines, a great foursome of friends who call themselves The Faction, and plenty of social issues pack this YA novel with topics for discussion. However, the 17-year-old heroine never lightens up in her attitude toward her widowed mother. Dad, who died of cancer, was the girl's go-to person; Mom is a workaholic who just isn't there for Cecelia/Seelie, to the point that every scene with thi
LeTresa Payne
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading one of Mischa Thrace's books and I must say that it is a good read and it kept my attention, but it also frustrated me to no end. While I enjoyed reading this book that began in the present and backtracked to a traumatic day (October 21st) for Cecelia "Seelie" Stanton throughout the story, at times I became so irritated with her I could scream. I understand why the book is entitled, "My Whole Truth", but Seelie really should have just told the truth from the beginn ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This was an intense story that had me turning the pages as fast as I could. I read it in a day! The story begins with a violent crime that Seelie gets charged with, even though she was acting in self defense. It happens at the stables she works at, with the basketball star from her school.

Seelie is a tough, independent seventeen year old, just trying to survive high school when this turns her entire world upside down. With all that she is going through in the story I kept thinking, I would not b
Lee Husemann
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy reading a really good YA book every now and then and this book did not disappoint. Cecelia "Seelie" Stanton was attacked in the hayloft of the barn where she was taking care of the horses. Seelie ended up killing Shane Mayfield, a known drug user and a bully. Seelie received serious injuries during the attack and was subsequently arrested and charged with murder. Seeley and her 3 friends who refer to themselves as "The Faction" and are a very strange bunch of characters. All of the chara ...more
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