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The Undoing of Thistle Tate

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  282 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Famous teen author Thistle Tate struggles to keep her biggest secret: the real identity of the author of her bestselling books.

Thistle Tate is a glittering wunderkind--only seventeen, and a bestselling author of the wildly successful Lemonade Skies series, with the highly anticipated final book due to publish next year. She has diehard fans across the globe, flashy tou
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Margaret Ferguson Books
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Patty (IheartYA)
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A unique story with a fresh voice. This was definitely short and sweet, but was able to hit various emotional chords. I enjoyed the writing, characters and plot. I almost teared up at the end. I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars, but when compared to the other books that have recently earned 3 stars from me, this book is a 4. I'm not a big fan of the cover though.
Cindy Huskey
The synopsis of the book and the MC's name are what initially drew me in. I was expecting a bittersweet Rom-Com that gives you all the feels. But, no.

Thistle Tate is a seventeen-year-old bestselling author with fans and book tours and monetary success. She is also a fraud.

She also has a crush on Liam - wait for it - the actual boy next door. Liam is her only friend and soon becomes her boyfriend. She doesn't attend public school (or school of any kind), and has no other friends or typical high s
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
cute, not amazing, but fine. the excerpts from the story-within-a-story almost steal the show from the main plot.
Lauren Trent
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm very torn on this book. On one hand, the premise really bothers me and I wonder what parent would EVER put their child through the situation Theo Tate put Thistle through. Theo Tate is a pretty terrible parent and a supremely selfish person. However, I get why Thistle went along with the plan and I probably would have done the same thing if I were in her shoes. I loved that the author had a character (albeit a secondary character) with Crohn's Disease as I too have that disease, though it's ...more
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Imagine being the best selling author of a popular series of books at age seventeen. Then imagine it’s all a lie. The world thinks Thistle Tate is a writing prodigy. Only her father, the true writer and her best and only friend Liam know the truth.

Homeschooled, Thistle is extremely isolated, surrounded by people who don’t have her best interest at heart. Her father forced her into a situation where she’s a fraud and a liar. Coming clean, Tate believes, would destroy him. She carries the weight o
Lori Goldstein
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this book from the first page. It is one of those books that is so well-paced that it keeps you flipping pages and won't let you put it down, but it doesn't sacrifice anything: not character, not story arc, not tough moral decisions and questions and what it means to be part of a family, and most certainly not extremely well-executed prose. This book manages to be both fun and full of so much heart. Highly recommend.
Meagan Houle
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I picked this one up for its intriguing plot, and I wasn't disappointed. But more than that, "The Undoing of Thistle Tate" slammed home, for me at least, the myriad ways children, particularly girls, are groomed to live for other people's happiness. The unreliable narrator mechanism is used to astonishing effect here, presenting two initially loving, cozy relationships--Thistle and her father, Thistle and Liam--encouraging readers to see them as healthy, idyllic, even empowering. Who wouldn't wa ...more
Erin A. Craig
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, loved this book! Fresh and engaging with the perfect amount of swoony romance, I devoured this book!
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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Actual Rating: 2.5

The premise of this book just immediately caught my attention. I'm a sucker for books about books and this is a book featuring a teen author, except she's not the real writer. It sounded really intriguing, but, unfortunately, not a lot of interesting things happened in this book

At seventeen, Thistle Tate is the bestselling author of the YA series Lemonade Skies. Except, she's not the real author. Only her
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Thistle Tate is the internationally bestselling author of The Lemonade Sky Series, or is she? The reality is that Thistle's father wrote the book and put her name on it to get it published. Thistle hates living a lie but she understands that the consequences of the secret coming out would be devastating for her family. However, Thistle's life begins to change when she meets super fan, Emma, and Emma's brother Oliver. Thist
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
**Here be mild spoilers. Ye been warned. **

I heard about this book from the Hey Ya podcast and the idea hooked me, so I was really eager to pick it up. I found it to be an interesting concept that I personally hadn't read before so I was looking forward to it. However, up until the last quarter of the book, this was going to be a three star one and probably a begrudging one at that. A big part of this was that there were virtually no likable male characters in this book for a good chunk of it a
Carolyn Elaine
Aug 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5 stars

Thistle Tate is the teenage worldwide bestselling author of the Lemonade Skies series. Her books have been sold in thirty-five different countries. Thistle is a beloved author, and her fans go crazy for her. Only there's a catch: she didn't write the Lemonade Skies. Faced with the deadline of her last "novel", Thistle doesn't know what to do, and she risks exposure to the world about who she truly is. The Undoing of Thistle Tate is a story about, well, what the title suggests, T
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
First sentence: I have lots of dreams, but I’ve only ever had one nightmare and it’s always exactly the same.

Premise/plot: Thistle Tate is super popular bestselling author living a lie. She is not the real author of the books—her father is. When her father has a horrible accident just a week away from a deadline for the last book in the trilogy, Thistle has good reason to panic. She could try to write on her own, or, she could come clean to the agent and publisher. But can she tell the truth aft
Addie Thorley
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book!! Thistle is such a fantastic main character--I loved her fierce devotion to her dad (even though their relationship is messy and full of resentment) and the moral dilemmas the story examines are so compelling. I felt so sorry for certain characters while kind of hating them at the same time, which is such a hard balance to achieve!

The romance aspect was really well done and there are some seriously swoony scenes! I especially loved the excerpts from Lemonade Skies. It was so
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
** A copy of The Undoing of Thistle Tate was provided by the publisher and Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review **

First off, what drew me to the book was its premise. I adore bookish books. What kept me reading was Thistle and her moral dilemma: does she keep lying because it makes her father happy? We've all been in situations where lying is not black or white when it comes to family and friends. I also enjoyed that each chapter began with an excerpt from Marigold's world. Oliver and Emm
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases, arcs
I had such a fantastic time with this book, a fun, quick and addictive read :)
Full review coming soon!

Thank you to Holiday House - Margaret Ferguson Books for the e-ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating.

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Cristina (Girl in the Pages)
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.*Thank you so much to Holiday House Publicity and the Publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!*

I've been a fan of Katelyn Detweiler's since I read her debut novel, Immaculate, which explored themes of faith, religion, and miracles in modern society. I found it incredibly well written and thoughtful in its approach to question the ine
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thistle Tate signed her name and lost control of who she was. In The Undoing of Thistle Tate by Katelyn Detweiler, Thistle is the “it” girl of young adult literature. She has amazing fans who all love her stories about magic and finding her mom after her passing. But the only problem is, she doesn’t write these stories. And sadly enough, she has a story behind that.

I started this book in early July and finished it so quickly. It took me a while to write this review, because I wasn’t sure how to
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
What if the author of your favorite book series is faking it? Hmmm? That's the premise of this one! It was interesting, but a little slow in parts for me.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I wouldn’t consider this spoilers but... I say a lot so, just be aware —


Thistle (isn’t that the best name) is a quirky, flawed, evolving 17 year old girl.

I really loved this. There is a father, single father, doing the best he can and failing a little. Since her mom’s death in a car accident when she was three it’s just been Thistle and her dad. He homeschools her and works from home. Even though she’s 17, she is sheltered and unsure. I really like seeing a homeschooled character. It’s un
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
A DRC was provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.

We've all had our fandom moments where enjoyment, identification, love and ownership issues with a beloved book intersect to teeter a reader on the brink of weirdness and beyond. A Rowell, a King, a Martin and a Rowling all know the highs and lows of being the sort of contemporary author who attracts a readership following that puts the fan in fanatical. Thistle Tate knows this journey well since she is the all too popular
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this as an eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

After Thistle's mother died in a car accident, she and her father have retreated from the world. The only other person in her life is her next door neighbor and crush, Liam. Thistle is the world-famous Lemonade Skies author, the only problem is, she never wrote the books. Her dad did. The two have kept this secret and Thistle can't wait to be done with the books, so that she can move on and be free from the lies. It beco
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cross-posted from my blog:

I continued my little break from the classics this week with The Undoing of Thistle Tate, a young adult contemporary novel I've had sitting on my shelf for a while now. I initially picked it up on a Barnes and Noble run based on the summary on the inside flap. With my school cancelled for the next two weeks due to the Coronavirus, I found myself with an excess of reading time and figured that now was as good a time as any to pick it up.

The plot
Aug 17, 2020 rated it liked it
"Colton is the dream, Jonah is the reality. And reality doesn't have to be a bad thing."

I was really excited when I started the book, but I ended up being a little disappointed about the development of the plot and the ending.

First, the good stuff. I loved the inclusion of excerpts from Lemonade Skies. It totally sounds like a book I'd want to read. The excerpts also tie in nicely with the main story since Marigold's story was inspired by Thistle's experiences and Marigold is pretty much the
Readers will have a good idea of how things are going to proceed in this YA novel for its title. But they won't know the specifics or the premise, aspects that made me excited to read this one. As I read it, I couldn't help asking myself how many situations like that of seventeen-year-old Thistle Tate and her father are out there in the publishing industry and what I might have done in her shoes. The plot concerns Thistle, who has written two successful YA books, part of the Lemonade Skies serie ...more
Brenna Clark
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to Edelweiss for this ARC! I saw this book being compared to Rainbow Rowell’s work, and I did not waste time to immerse myself in this intricate and honest world. It was a roller coaster from start to finish, with tension mounting from the very first page.

We are introduced to Thistle as she has just released the second book of her Lemonade Skies trilogy. She is a passionate, nerdy, and selfless girl with a huge secret: she is not the true author of her best-sellers. Her mother
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
I would never have ordinarily picked this up (not a huge contemporary person unless it's an issues book or features a POC or LGBT MC). My coworker selected it for our book club, though, so I was supportive. (We're pairing it with Here Lies Daniel Tate. Get it? Two books about fraudulent teen Tates? Too good to pass up). I liked the concept of this book, but not the execution. Thistle isn't a bad character, but she is flighty as anything, which I don't like. I also feel like all the male characte ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-slj
from June 2019 School Library Journal:

Thistle Tate, a homeschooled teenager, has achieved recent fame for writing two of three books in an inventive fantasy series with an angsty love triangle for the YA/tween market. One small problem? She didn't write Girl in the Afterworld, book 1 of "Lemonade Skies"--the true author is her widower father, Theo, a former English teacher and frustrated novelist. Almost no one knows the truth--not their high-powered agent or fantastic editor, and certainly not
Kelly (Simply Kelina) C.
3.5 Stars

This is one that I almost passed by, but something about the story sounded interesting. I was not sure if this was going to a hit or miss. I ended up really enjoying this.

This is story around finding yourself, the domino effect of lying, and more important things in life. It takes a turn around mental health the second half including depression and possible suicide. It is one of the first books I have found that (on the surface) covers Chrones disease. I was not expecting that at all.
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Katelyn Detweiler was born and raised in Pennsylvania, living in a centuries-old farmhouse surrounded by fields and woods—a setting that fueled her childhood imagination and, many years later, inspired her YA debut, Immaculate. Katelyn is a writer by night (and weekend) and a literary agent by day, representing books for all ages and across all genres. She currently lives, works, and writes in Bro ...more

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