Bullet Point Review: The Undoing of Thistle Tate, Katelyn Detweiler

There are no spoilers in this review.

The Undoing of Thistle Tate, Katelyn Detweiler

Publishing on July, 23rd by Margaret Ferguson Books.

Famous teen author Thistle Tate struggles to keep her biggest secret: the real identity of the author of her bestselling books.

Thistle Tate is a glittering wunderkind–only seventeen, and a bestselling author of the wildly successful Lemonade Skies series, with the highly anticipated final book due to publish next year. She has diehard fans across the globe, flashy tours, and steep advances. And now she’s finally started to date her best friend and next-door-neighbor, Liam, the only one who knows her deep dark secret: she’s not the real author of the Lemonade Skies books.

Thistle’s guilt about lying intensifies after she meets the surprisingly charming Oliver, who introduces her to his super-fan little sister–but how can she have friendships based on deception? All she wants is for this last book to be written so she can be done with the ruse for good.

Then with just two weeks left to deliver the manuscript to her agent and editor, a dramatic turn of events puts everything in jeopardy, and Thistle must grapple with her own identity. Is she a victim, a fraudster, or both? On top of that, Liam is increasingly jealous of Thistle’s budding friendship with Oliver–a friendship that leaves Thistle more than a little confused about her own heart.

As the book deadline looms closer, the stakes ever higher, a startling family truth comes to light, and it’s only a matter of time before something gives–and Thistle’s world becomes undone.



  • Right from the synopsis, I thought I could love this book and… well, turns out I was right, I loved this book SO much, it was such an addictive read I wanted to devour it all.
  • The main character in the story, Thistle, is far from being perfect, on the contrary: at times, she is kind of frustrating and at other times, she was wonderful. Most of it all, I feel like everything she did was understandable and oh, so very human and I loved her all the more for it. As the story went on, I found her growth wonderful, taking matters into her own hands and realizing her own potential, too.
  • At the heart of the book was Thistle’s complex relationship with her father as she finds him struggling with his career, battling with his own demons especially after his wife’s death, as she wishes to make him happy, putting her own feelings into parenthesis for him for so many years. I loved how we saw their relationship through working on their novels, their different vision of things and how the entire Lemonade Skies world, the book’s deadline, the book events and everything else completely shaped their dynamics together. There were family secrets, especially about Thistle’s mother, kept and discovered, making the family dynamics even more complex .
  • The side characters in the story were wonderful, too, and I especially loved the neighbor, Mrs Rizzo towards the end of the book and seeing Thistle’s relationship with her grow through confidences and cookies and this warmed my heart. I also loved Emma and wish we got more scenes with her.



  • The one thing that made me drop my rating was a little bit… the romance. It was a sort of a complex love triangle. I have nothing against love triangles well done and this one was…. surprisingly, quite okay, because for me one side of the triangle represented the past while another clearly felt like the future. Yet, I wasn’t entirely feeling the chemistry between the characters and would have liked to feel more development in the relationship overall to really root for them.
  • I wanted more of the publishing, writing, editing world to be featured in the story than it actually was…. but maybe that’s just something I’m craving because I’m curious like that about all of this process.



The Undoing of Thistle Tale was a surprisingly entertaining and addictive read. Even if, ultimately, I craved for more of the publishing world, I really loved the main character’s growth and the complex father-daughter relationships, making this a book I’d definitely recommend!

Final rating:  4 drops!

Thanks to Margaret Ferguson Books for sending me an e-ARC of this book through Edelweiss. This did not, in any way, influence my thoughts and rating.

Trigger warnings: multiple thoughts about a car accident, loss of a parent (happened prior to the book’s timeline, but still present in the story), scenes at the hospital, Crohn’s disease, depression.

Diversity: multiple POC side characters in the story (Liam, Mia, Miss Rizzo)

Did you read The Undoing of Thistle Tale? Do you want to?

What are some books you’ve read with writers, or bookish main characters? Any recommendations? Let me know in comments!





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26 thoughts on “Bullet Point Review: The Undoing of Thistle Tate, Katelyn Detweiler

  1. I love the style of this review; it reminds me of my very first book reviews when I started writing, so memorable *sighs* the synopsis of the book kind of reminds me of ‘eliza and her monsters’– have you read it? the secret author behind a story, the lying to a fan. however, this one grapples with more than one topic (vs. just romance and the secret) so it seems interesting!

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    1. Thank you so much! YES I HAVE I adore Eliza and Her Monsters SO much it’s one of my favorite books ever ❤
      I hope you'll give this one a try, it was a really great read 😀

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  2. Okay, your review has me wanting to read this ASAP!!! I was hooked from the beginning, with your synopsis. Love triangles are interesting, frustrating, wonderful, and crazy. I wonder if I’ll like the complexity of this one. Does seem like a bummer that there isn’t that much on the actual writing industry, but I’m still very excited to pick this one up as soon as I can; it’s going on my TBR right now!


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    1. AHHH this makes me so, so happy to hear yay! I hope you’ll pick this one up and will love it, cant wait to hear what you think of it 🙂
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❤

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  3. Oh, I love books that feature the publishing industry, so I just might have to check this one out! I’m sorry to hear that it didn’t show as much of the publishing side as much though! But aah, I love that this one had a strong father-daughter relationship, I’m always for good family relationships in YA 💖 Amazing review, Marie!!

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  4. Ooh, this sounds so intriguing! Now I’m in a quandary because I definitely want to know what happens, and the family relationships sound wonderful, but at the same time, it can make me so uncomfortable and nervous to read a book where the main character is lying to everyone?? I don’t know why, but that’s one of the major things in books that I just can’t usually deal with because I get genuinely stressed for the character.
    I think my desire to know the outcome of this story might win out though~ lovely review as always, Marie! ❤ ❤

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    1. Oh I get that and… well, to be honest, it is a little stressful and annoying at times, to see the main character lying to everyone. Yet, I really enjoyed seeing it all unfold and the complex father/daughter relationship was so interesting, too. I hope you’ll give it a try if you feel like you could like it! 🙂
      Thank you, Olivia! ❤

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    1. Ahhh yay, well I’m glad I could make you curious about this one and hope you’ll check it out, it’s such a lovely read 😀
      Thank you!!


      1. I hadn’t heard of this but it’s definitely going on my TBR now. I love the sound of the sound of the story although I wouldn’t be surprised if, like you, I end up wanting to see more of the publishing process. Still it sounds intriguing. Thanks for the great review.

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