Don’t you just want to read a book that will take you down the most unexpected path in terms of story, plot, and twists? I do. I am always looking for a book like that. Well, look no further because all of that can be found in Lygia Day Peñaflor’s All of This Is True.
Let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of mixed media storytelling in books. In All of This Is True the plot unravels through a series of interviews, excerpts from the book the main character wrote (think book within a book), texts and emails as well. This type of storytelling is fascinating it keeps the story moving and the reader intrigued at what could possibly happen next. I could not put it down.
The story begins with four teens, Miri, Soleil, Penny and Jonah who have been majorly obsessed with a particular YA author, Fatima Ro, who seems to have the pull and charisma of a cult leader. Her debut was a hit and she is riding that wave to her next success–at any cost. Or at least it seems that way–right? I suggest you keep reading. Each teen has been keeping secrets from each other as expected, but they seem to be quite honest with Fatima Ro who is keeping them suspiciously close.
One lie after another they discover things about each other that should have remained hidden. But what happens when those lies are exposed for all to see? I thought I knew where the book was heading until I realized I was wrong. I absolutely love what Lygia has done. She takes the reader down a tunnel of so many twists and just when you think you see the truth she pulls a fast one right from under your nose. I’m one of those people that usually ‘call it’. Why, yes people still want to go to the movies with me. Regardless, I did not expect what really happened to have happened. Trippy right? You have to check it out!
All of This Is True is out now.