Title – This Much is True
Author – Katherine Owen
Publication Date – August 12, 2013
Series – Truth in Lies, #1
Both on the verge of fame. A ballerina who lies. A baseball player who believes her. Well, the truth changes everything.
Tally Landon is just trying to escape her tragic story and graduate from high school so she can pursue her ballet career in New York. She doesn’t count on meeting Lincoln Presley, Stanford’s baseball wonder, nor on this chance meeting with him affecting her at all. Adding him to a long list of one-night stands is the plan. Lying to him about her age and name is her standard method of operandi. She doesn’t count on being found out, on seeing him again, or falling in love.
Lincoln Presley’s life is all mapped out for him. There is only baseball. With Major League Baseball circling their favorite prospect with a lucrative offer, he cannot afford to mess up. And, he doesn’t; until he meets up with the girl he saved from the burning wreckage on the 101 on Valentine’s Day months before. By the time he learns her real name and of all the lies she’s told, he’s in far too deep to ever really let her go.
Fate has a different set of plans and when fame and lies tear them apart, one truth remains.
I’m still sort of reeling and recovering from the insanely emotional ride that was This Much is True by Katherine Owen. From reading the synopsis, I got the impression that it would be a book in the New Adult genre where the couple experiences a journey of self-discovery while simultaneously figuring out what it means to love another person and be together. This was certainly not what I ended up getting out of this story, but it became much deeper than that, and a question of just how much fate plays into our lives.
“It is true. Grief changes you. You’re different, not the same. So you play the game, Seuss-like.”
Linc and Tally originally meet in the most extraordinary of ways and continue to slip in and out of each other’s lives. Linc is solely focused on baseball, while Tally dreams of becoming a premier ballerina – on opposite coasts. There was an underlying star-crossed lover type of feel with these characters. The two of them, no matter how much they felt for one another, just could never get the timing right to actually be together. That being said, I developed quite the love-hate relationship with each of them. I wanted Linc to stop taking the advice of his publicist and make a decision for himself. I wanted Tally to stop running from everything that scared her and embrace life. However, I also greatly admired the sacrifices each of them made to achieve their dreams. I grew to disagree with some of their actions, yet commended them at the same time.
“The lies have just built upon one another. One follows the other like connected dots on a road map; but this path leads me to him, and I can’t stop now. Not yet.”
As a reader, I connected with both Linc and Tally as individuals, but I didn’t always feel the chemistry between the two of them. Because so much time was spent apart, it was hard to get the full effect of the way they would be together. Apart, they surpassed so many expectations and overcame many obstacles, so it did truly endear you to them. The book is written in dual point of view though, which definitely comes in handy when the conflicting motivations do arise. The one thing that I did never question from them was their love. Every action either one of them took, though sometimes misguided, was out of the love they felt for the other. You almost fall in love alongside them, especially given everything they have been through.
“In that powerful few seconds, I know we actually take a step forward in life for the first time since Holly died. Together. We effectively breathe as a trio.”
This Much is True is a wonderful love story, but definitely not your average New Adult book. There are so many ups and downs over the course of it that it is almost as if we get three separate books in this one single piece. The book is divided though so it never feels overloaded or like too much. That being said, the timeline did confuse me in a couple places. I wish that there had been designated months at the beginning of the chapter, as sometimes there was a passage of time and it wasn’t mentioned until pages into the chapter. I loved everything that Linc and Tally had to overcome to be together – and the realization that one lie can truly unravel a relationship, or chance at one. I adored seeing the character growth and the realization that your dreams can change and morph into something completely different than you expected. This is the first book I have come across by Katherine Owen, but I absolutely can’t wait to see where she takes these characters next, especially after that wonderfully satisfying ending!
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The Truth About Air & Water (Truth in Lies, #2)
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Tell Me Something True (Truth in Lies, #3)
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Katherine Owen writes contemporary edgy fiction, which translates to: she writes love stories that are contemporary in setting and both edgy and dark. Some readers term her books emotional roller coasters. With her writing, Owen admits she has a fondness for angst, likes to play with a little drama, and essentially toys around with the unintentional complications of love. She contends this began early on when she won a poetry contest at the age of fourteen and appears to be without end. Owen has an avid love of coffee, books, and writing, but not necessarily in that order. She writes both Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction which includes her bestselling TRUTH IN LIES Series (a series despite despising ‘series’) beginning with This Much Is True and her latest release, The Truth About Air & Water. The TRUTH IN LIES series is fan-driven. So. There will be a third book about Linc and Tally released in 2015 titled Tell Me Something True.
About Owen’s fiction…This is NOT the light trope stuff. She travels a unique, writerly path and enjoys writing dark and angsty (a “non-word” she is fond of) emotional love stories. She often warns readers to be prepared with: time, tissues, wine, Advil or your drug of choice. And, as her most favored character, Lincoln Presley, would say, “do what you must, Princess.”