This Much is True (Truth in Lies #1)
by Katherine Owen
Summary from Goodreads:
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 has a little fun at this guy’s expense when she lies about her age and who she really is, intent on being someone else for just one night. After all, what’s the harm in a few innocent lies, especially when she’s so good at telling them?
Lincoln Presley’s future is all mapped out. There is only baseball. With the big leagues circling with a lucrative offer, the star pitcher is solely focused upon securing his future. His cousin’s party serves as a welcome distraction but then he sees the girl from Valentine’s Day–the one he rescued from the burning wreckage on the 101. He can’t quite hide his disappointment when she appears to look right through him, obviously not remembering him at all. Linc vows to learn her name at least. What would be the harm in getting to know this girl? What’s the worst that can happen?
Fate brings them together. Fame & lies tear them apart. One truth remains…
When I started reading this book, I had seen the comments about it being an overwhelming and heartbreaking story so I braced myself and dove headfirst into the darkness, expecting the worst. Well I must say I rather enjoyed the darkness. I liked the tragic story of Linc and Tally in all it’s ill-fated glory. These contemporary star-crossed lovers stole my heart with the impossibility of their fate in true Romeo and Juliet fashion (minus the ending, of course). I loved the intensity of the characters.
“Liquid fire burns through me. I struggle to breathe. He is steel. I am the magnet that holds him here. I am here. He’s here most definitely. He’s alive. I must be, too.”
Sometimes love stories can be predictable and maybe even trite. This Much is True was probably the complete opposite in every way. It never failed to surprise me. When you read as much as I do, you develop a sort of intuition and you can usually guess what’s going to happen next. Up until now, I had missed the feeling of not knowing at all what would come next and this book filled that void for me.
There is no gray area when it comes to Linc and Tally. It’s either black or white.
“This feels good. Dying feels fine and I welcome the blackness with open arms.”
“Closeness erases the many secrets still held between us although the important ones remain. No longer strangers, we venture to a secret place where just the two of us exist. This connection of continuity seems to contain a degree of permanence, but that’s further up ahead.”
Reading this book was like riding a rollercoaster with a blindfold. It was a wild and crazy ride but the thrill was absolutely worth every tear I shed along the way.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
5 out of 5 stars