Blog Tour Review: All Of This Is True, Lygia Day Peñaflor

I know, it’s Tuesday and you’re not supposed to get a blog post from me on that day, but… today is quite special.

A couple months ago – back in January, actually, I got the incredibly amazing opportunity to organize my very first blog tour for one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. I have the author, Lygia Day Peñaflor, to thank for this incredible opportunity. I’m still amazed that this happened, to be honest?! I also have eight incredible fellow French book bloggers to thank for being part of this adventure, I had the best time chatting with you and sharing the book with you.

Here is the blog tour schedule and…. my review right below!

There are no spoilers in this review.

All Of This Is True has been on my most-anticipated list for a little while and I think it’s fairly easy to guess why. One look at the blurb, “a group of friends befriending their favorite young adult author” and yes okay I’m all here for that one. Yet, if I’m being completely honest here, I did not know what to expect, something that made this adventure all the more wild and amazing.

A UNIQUE FORMAT AND GREAT CHARACTERS

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Told through journal entries, interviews, book excerpts, this books tells us the story of three teenagers as they became friends with Fatima Ro, famous young adult author and how everything unraveled from there. As messed-up as that sounds, both the synopsis and the multiple formatting, let me reassure you right now: one of the strongest suits of this book was, for me, that formatting. All of This Was True was promoted with some similarities to The Bling Ring and I could definitely see that in the original format: as each character told their story through interviews and journal entries, you could see everything happening perfectly – and, strangely and amazingly enough, you could also pick out each unique character voice.

If we don’t get much from the characters, well, not as much as we could if we were reading this story in a narrative form instead of through interviews, etc, I could still find each character’s personality, strengths and weakness through the formatting and for me, that was definitely a win. There is Miri and her “Blair-Waldorf-like” fierceness, Soleil and her endless desire to please, and there is Penny, my favorite one of the lot that I could definitely see grow a little bit as her story with Fatima Ro built up.

A COMPELLING STORY BLURRYING THE LINES BETWEEN FICTION AND REALITY

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“There’s a fine line between genius and batshit crazy.”

All Of This Is True is such an important story, too. With the mix of book excerpts and real interviews, events told through people and narrated through a “fictional story”, it really underlined the thin, almost invisible line here between fiction and reality, how and where inspiration comes from. It tells a story of manipulation, betrayal, friendship, trust and toxic relationships, boundaries between authors and readers in a compelling format that will have you wanting to forget everything, the world, work and all of your responsibilities as well, just to read more of it all.

I’ve heard that some people weren’t entirely convinced by this book, because they expected incredible plot twists and did not get them, or weren’t totally surprised by all of them. If you ask me, this book isn’t a “we were liars” kind of twisty book. It’s more of a compelling, slow descent through the darkness as you slowly uncover what happens. With all of the characters’ interviews, fiction excerpts and different point of views, you put the pieces of a puzzle together, a puzzle that might be incomplete, because who’s right? What is the right side of this story? Is there even a right side? For that, this book was sort of a mind-f*ck kind of story.

OVERALL

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Compelling, addictive, twisty and unique, All of This Is True kept my mind churning from page one and that’s what makes it so good. With its formatting, it blurs the lines between fiction and reality, it gives us an incredible, maddeningly amazing puzzle you’ll want to resolve. It’s powerful and unforgettable and I’d heavily recommend it to anyone loving their books twisted, psychological. You might want to slap the characters every now and then, you might want to console them, you will want to figure out the truth and I really hope you’ll read this okay.

Final rating:  I LOVED IT!

A million thanks to the author for the review copy of this book. This did not, in any way, affect my review and opinion on this. All quotes are taken from the ARC copy and might change upon publication.

Trigger warnings: there is a mention of sexual assault and this book deals overall with abuse and toxic relationships. Let me know if you found other triggers so I can add them!

Check out my fellow blog tour friends’ amazing reviews!


Lygia Day Peñaflor, All Of This Is True,  Published by Harper Teen, May 15th, 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. . . .

Do you want to read All Of This Is True? Why, or why not?

Do you like stories with unique and different formats? Let me know in comments!

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47 thoughts on “Blog Tour Review: All Of This Is True, Lygia Day Peñaflor

  1. I definitely like books that have unique and different formats. I didn’t love the Illuminae series as much as some people did, but I really appreciate its special format.

    And you’ve made me very curious about All Of This Is True, I’ve bookmarked it to look at later.

    Lovely post, Marie! ❤

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    1. Oh I’m sorry you didn’t love Illuminae :/ I feel like that series is either a hit or miss, though? :/
      I’m so glad I could make you curious about this book, Lily, I really hope you’ll want to give it a try at some point 😀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. Great review for this book Marie, and also oh that’s great about being able to organize your first book tour and for one of your most anticipated releases for the year! 😀
    All of This is True sounds like a great read and I’m definitely going to have to check it out myself, I don’t read many twisty and psychological books but this sounds like one I may have to get around to one day. Also I love that the story is told in different formats as well, kind of a break from reading normal books you know?
    Again great review! 🙂 ❤

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    1. Aww thank you so, so much Beth, I was honestly so thrilled to be able to do this, I loved this book so, so much ❤
      I hope you'll get around to reading this book sometime, Beth – it was such an unique read. Also, yes, the different format is such a nice change, too 😀
      Thank you so much! ❤ ❤

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  3. Ahh. It sounds like a thrilling read. Although it may spike my anxiety, I still like hearing about stories that challenge narrative formats. Like Illuminae, it is great to have stories that introduce characters in unique ways while still holding back a little. To an extent, it gives readers more freedom to connect with characters independently and through instinct, almost. I’m curious about your favorite character (Penny). Why did you like her so much? How did she stand out from other characters?

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    1. It really was a thrilling read, I loved it so much! The format was quite unique and reminded me of The Bling Ring’s movie, with the narrative parts on camera and everything else. Yet it was its own story and the characters, despite not knowing about them a whole lot, still stood out.
      Somehow, I think I cared for Penny more, because she was the character I could see grow the most in this story, as everything happened. I also feel like she was a bit more layered than the other characters, we got to see what she is on the surface, obviously, but as we read on I actually discovered that she was more than the superficial girl she seems to be at first 🙂
      I hope you’ll pick up this book someday and that you’ll love it 😀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❤

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  4. I’m so happy you liked this one! I know I’ve mentioned this in other comments but I’ve been so excited about it, plus I’m trading another ARC for it so I can read a print copy and not worry about weird formatting on the Kindle. This book sounds so good and twisty and I am all for a book with unique formatting! Great review 🙂

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    1. Oh yay, I’m so glad you found a print copy to read! I really hope you’ll enjoy it, can’t wait to hear what you think 😀
      Thank you so much! ❤ ❤

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  5. Congrats on organizing this delightful tour, Marie! I absolutely can’t wait for this one. The cover and blurb just screams “intriguing!!!” and I love the unique format for it. (Your pictures are also gorgeous!) The blur between fiction and reality is always something I enjoy exploring in stories. Wonderful review, and I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

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  6. You already know that I was excited for this book to begin with, but I am even more now that I know it has the unique format of being told through interviews and such. I always am a sucker for those! And I just want to say that I am so, so proud of you for doing your first book tour 😀 You had an amazing list of bloggers reviewing the book as well and I think you really deserve to keep that copy now 😉

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    1. Aww thank you so, so much Kat, you’re so sweet ❤ ❤ I think that ARC copy will be one of my most cherished book of all times haha. Though the finished copy with the final cover looks SO amazing as well….. hahaha.
      I hope you'll get to read it someday and that you will enjoy it 😀

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  7. GOD DAMN IT, MARIE.

    Honestly, I shouldn’t even check your blog for reviews anymore these days seeing how I always end up with new books on my TBR thanks to it! I had kind of heard about this book before, I think? I somehow seem to remember people talking about this concept at the beginning of the year when mentioning anticipated releases! Because what reader wouldn’t want to read about YA fans getting to know their favorite author? And the different format definitely has me curious too!

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    1. Oops…..
      I want to say I’m sorry, but I’m too happy right now haha. THANK YOU SO MUCH, this means the world to me that I could make your TBR grow with my reviews ❤ ❤
      It is a unique concept, quite brilliant as well and the execution was really well-done, too 😀 I hope you'll get around to reading this one someday, I would love to hear your thoughts about it 😀
      Thank you so much! ❤

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  8. Ahh I am so excited for this book!! I was super lucky to be sent an ARC and I’m definitely picking it up super soon *flails* Also I LOVE unique formatting. I am obsessed with The Wicker King which has lots of maps and page smudges and scribbles all through it that just make it super special. 😍

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    1. I SO WANT TO READ THE WICKER KING because of you, Cait, haha. You make it sound brilliant. ❤
      I can't wait for you to read that one, hope you will LOVE it! 😀
      Thank you so much! 😀

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    1. IT WAS REALLY COOL. I loved it and I just loved how the story was told as well, through interviews and everything, I wanted to READ IT ALL at once. ❤ I hope you'll be able to read it sometime soon, I'd love to know what you think!
      Thank you so much!! 😀

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  9. Hello Marie! Great review! You definitely made me curious about this book. I think your description of the format reminds me a bit of the Illuminae series. Also, congrats on organizing your first blog tour 🙂
    By the way, I just started listening to the audiobook for Emergency Contact. It is SUCH an addictive read and I am loving it so far! Penny and Sam are so relatable, and I love that there is an element of humour as well!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Sophie! I’m so glad if I could make you curious about this – I hope you’ll give it a shot someday 😀
      YAY this makes me SO happy! It was such a relatable book and YES, it made me laugh more than once as well. I hope you’ll keep on loving it 😀

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      1. I finished Emergency Contact which only took me a day and a half haha. I loved how it is subtle and realistic, and I liked that the ending left some things up to interpretation 🙂

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