Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Review: True

Erin McCarthy
222 pages (Ebook)
Penguin Group (USA)


When Rory Macintosh’s roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness they’ll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job…unbeknownst to Rory.

Tyler knows he’s not good enough for Rory. She’s smart, doctor smart, while he’s barely scraping by at his EMT program, hoping to pull his younger brothers out of the hell their druggy mother has left them in. But he can’t resist taking up her roommates on an opportunity to get to know her better. There’s something about her honesty that keeps him coming back when he knows he shouldn’t…

Torn between common sense and desire, the two find themselves caught up in a passionate relationship. But when Tyler’s broken family threatens to destroy his future, and hers, Rory will need to decide whether to cut her ties to his risky world or follow her heart, no matter what the cost…


True is a book I've been wanting to read for a while. I finally decided that I'd have to buy a copy, so that's what I did. I read it in a day and I enjoyed it thoroughly, however it was not my favorite book in the entire world.

At first, I had some problems with Rory. She was thinking so logically about everything and I didn't get it. Admittedly, I've always been the quiet nerdy girl at who does really well with math and science, so I connected with Rory on that level. But she was so analytical. I've never met a person who was that logical and literal. But after I got used to the way she thought, I really appreciated her honesty.

I've read a few other reviews on this book that said it just contained the same old New Adult plotline that so many other NA books have had. I would have to agree with those for the most part. The college girl virgin who falls for the bad boy. The plot did seem rather basic and there wouldn't have been a whole lot that made it different, except for Rory's honesty. I loved that Rory didn't take any crap from people. She went after Tyler when he tried to walk away, and she didn't give up on him, even through the issues they had. It was refreshing to see her commitment, which felt different than the way most heroines feel in other stories.

I grew to love Rory and I also really enjoyed Tyler and his brothers. They were real and had a very dysfunctional life, but they made the most of it. The only characters who seemed really predictable were Rory's friends and roommates, Kylie and Jessica, but I still liked that they were doing their best through the story to help Rory, albeit in a very untraditional way.

I couldn't decide if this book was a level three or level four.

I've given this book a hangover level of 3.5 out of 5.

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