All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

All of This Is True

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 hanging out with her favorite author, Fatima Ro, she couldn’t beli...

Details All of This Is True

TitleAll of This Is True
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

Reviews All of This Is True

  • Adam Silvera
    The back of my advance reader copy reads: "FOUR YA-OBSESSED TEENS BEFRIEND THEIR FAVORITE NOVELIST. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT WILL SHOCK YOU." If that's not enough to hook you, please trust me when I say this puzzle of a book is so good that it's maddening.
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    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 ...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    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.
  • Romie
    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 al...
  • Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
    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...
  • Jay G
    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!Video review: 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 manipu...
  • Kaya
    3.5Thank 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 likeThis 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 genuine...
  • Angelica
    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 t...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 worl...
  • Karen Barber
    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 partic...
  • Kathleen Glasgow
    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.
  • mith
    3.5. i'm torn on this book. review to come some time in march.
  • 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 b...
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    RTCThere’s a great quote in this book that somewhat sums it up: “there’s a fine line between genius and batshit crazy”(Okay, it’s not batshit crazy buttttt I felt it tried too hard to be clever and it showed)
  • Jennifer
    3.5/5 starsWhen 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 sho...
  • Kim
    Thanks to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.Release Date: 5/15/18 3 1/2 stars While I didn’t think the characters were well rounded enough which prevented me from connecting with them, the plot of All of This Is True is highly original and I still enjoyed it. I think with it’s multi media format it will appeal to a wide audience.
  • 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 no...
  • Lucie
    I received this book as part of an ARC tour in exchange for an honest review.(Those are just my first thoughts upon finishing this book, but I needed to type them.)Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the messages YA literature should try to get through, because books can open your eyes on so many topics and make you change (hopefully, for the better). Considering their audience, the messages YA authors choose to talk about are very important. ...
  • Marie
    I think this is more of a 4,5 or something, I'm still thinking about it. I really enjoyed the story overall and the original format, I got The Bling Ring vibes (and the book was blurbed that way, so... that seemed about right, a blurb is right, for once?!) and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THAT. It was an addictive read as well and one that made me think about it even when I wasn't reading. Such an interesting take on fiction / reality, how the two connect ...
  • Cassandra
    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for a copy in exchange for an honest review!*"“What’s more powerful than words?” Thora had asked the four of them once. They couldn’t come up with an answer.'What a freaking whirlwind. I laughed, I gasped, I grimaced, I smiled. I felt all the feels. This book was everything I had hoped it would be.It's a one-of-a-kind psychological thriller that manages to keep you on your toes and invested withou...
  • Atlas
    There's that fine line between genius and batshit crazy* * *3 / 5What a wild, bold, confusing, ethically provocative, crazy, page-turning, and somewhat unsatisfying book. It's rare that a book can evoke so many emotions in me, but All of This Is True made me run the whole gamut - interest, anger, joy, frustration, eagerness, and annoyance. I reckon this is going to be a hit and it deserves it.We befriended Fatima because she's a writer. You can't...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    “‘What’s more powerful than words?’ Thora had asked the four of them once. They couldn’t come up with an answer.” I don’t really know how I feel about this book but I almost think that’s the point? All of This is True is one big unreliable story about friendship, boundaries, and truth and it was pure entertainment. We follow 4 teens who befriend a YA author and their lives become more complicated than they could have possibly ima...
  • Melissa Robles
    Actual rating: 3.5 starsI 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 :)
  • Hazel (Stay Bookish)
    The drama is addicting! The plot and format were unique and intriguing– Lygia's writing had me hooked!
  • Jazmen
    This book is like a really wild night on twitter. YA twitter.Wildly original, thoroughly engrossing, All of This is True did not come to 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 out there, and it just introduced itself with a loud, booming voice. HOW YOU DOING?The story is about four teens obsessed with the YA book, Undertow. They agree to go ...
  • Wren (WhatWrenReads)
    4 StarsFirst of all, I want to say I cannot begin to imagine how difficult it would be to write such a complex format. I have said this many times before but I LOVE books with interesting formats and take advantage of telling a story in a non-conventional way. When I found out this novel was told through interviews, novel excerpts, and diary entries I got SO excited. I applaud the author's talent, all the sections flowed together so well it was ...