23 May 2018

Review: All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor



Title: All of This is True
Author: Lygia Day Peñaflor
Publication Date: May 15, 2018
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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 believe their luck—especially when Jonah Nicholls started hanging out with them, too. Now, looking back, Soleil can’t believe she let Fatima manipulate her and Jonah like that. She can’t believe that she got used for a book.

Penny Panzarella was more than the materialistic party girl everyone at the Graham School thought she was. She desperately wanted Fatima Ro to see that, and she saw her chance when Fatima asked the girls to be transparent with her. If only she’d known what would happen when Fatima learned Jonah’s secret. If only she’d known that the line between fiction and truth was more complicated than any of them imagined. . . .


Lygia became a writer by writing letters to a friend she met on a cruise ship when she was 14. She is the author of UNSCRIPTED JOSS BYRD (Macmillan) and ALL OF THIS IS TRUE, which will be published by HarperTeen US, Bloomsbury UK, and translated in several countries in summer 2018. Lygia also teaches child stars on television and movie sets. Her students have included cast members of Gossip Girl, Boardwalk Empire, Law & Order SVU, I Am Legend, and others. She lives with her husband on Long Island where she rides horses and watches reruns of everything.

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All of This is True was sent to me by way of an ARC tour. I'm so pleased to have been a part of it!

I don't normally read YA contemporaries, I'm more of a paranormal girl, myself. But, every once in awhile I make an exception for something that sounds too good to pass up.

Lickily, for me, All of This is True was a home run! I knew that as soon as I started reading it that it would be a book that I had difficulties putting down.

Peñaflor's story was brilliant from start to finish. Put together with a series of journal entries, interviews, and book excerpts, this is a masterfully told story... Intriguing enough, with its perfectly flawed characters that I challenge even hesitant readers to not enjoy it.

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