Author: Katherine Owen
Release: August 11th, 2013
Age Group: New Adult/Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance; Sports Romance, Holiday Romance, New Adult College Romance
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At 17, Tally Landon just wants to graduate and leave for New York to pursue ballet. Her best friend Marla convinces her to attend one last party—a college party—where she can be among strangers and evade the whisperings about the heartbreaking loss of her twin that follows her everywhere she goes. She meets Lincoln Presley, Stanford’s famous baseball wonder and has a little fun at his expense—when she lies about her age and who she really is—intent on being someone else for the night and escaping her tragic story.
At 22, Lincoln Presley’s star is on the rise—about to finish at Stanford and expected to be taken early in Major League Baseball’s upcoming draft—his cousin’s party serves as a welcome distraction. But then, he sees the girl from Valentine’s Day that he saved from that horrific car accident and can’t quite hide his disappointment when she appears to look right through him and not remember him at all. He vows to learn her name at least before he leaves. What’s the harm in getting to know this girl? What’s the worst that can happen?
And yet, despite the lies being told to protect the other, and the trappings of fame that continually separate them, and in lieu of the deception by those they’ve come to trust the most; one truth remains.
• It took a year and a half to write.
• It should be two books but I decided to keep it as one because I hate cliff hangers.
• This Much Is True is an emotional roller coaster kind of story and it will keep readers guessing. As other readers have commented in their reviews: You want it to work out for these two but you’ll spend much of your time wondering “how”.
• This Much Is True redefines New Adult fiction with a story that departs from the usual tattooed bad boys and virtuous girls laced with all but recognizable plot lines. Instead, the novel offers a story line comprised of two very talented people—a star ballerina and a winning baseball player—and ultimately shows how fame, fate, and lies can interfere with the truth just as much as love does. All those best-laid plans that are affected when these two meet.
• Tally Landon is an enigma as a main character. Readers will love her deeply or not at all. All I can do is remind readers that she is seventeen, talented, worthy, and capable of making big mistakes (huge ones), but she learns from them. Eventually.
• Lincoln Presley (the main male character) is a golden boy in the sense that he works hard and expects that proverbial pay-off for doing so. This works well for him, until he meets Tally Landon. Then, I think it’s safe to say he is off balance the majority of the story until he figures it out.
o As one reviewer put it and I wholeheartedly agree: “He definitely is an American sweetheart, and his funny and witty side comes at some of the most inopportune moments. However, this gives him the power to diffuse the bomb that is Tally Landon.”
• With this book, This Much Is True, I seriously tried not to kill anyone off (character, we’re talking character here) but, inevitably, some had to go. (Others were spared; and I talk about this in the Q & A section at the back of the book.)