I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about True by Erin McCarthy, there are lots of mixed reviews out there so I didn’t know what to expect. And it didn’t sound overly promising – a geek-girl, who is still a virgin meets bad-boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Sound a bit predictable? Well it’s not, I Truly loved True.
I gobbled this book down as fast as I could, turning pages quickly to satisfy my appetite, an appetite that got bigger the more I read. The characters are authentic, true to life and got under my skin. I loved Rory, a science loving logical girl who always feels the outsider who is never left in on the joke. Tyler is a bad boy on the surface only. He has to look after his brothers as his mother is a drug addict and he is so caring and protective of them, I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. Plus he has a library card now that is sexy!
True deals with real issues, it deals with drug abuse and the horrors that can put a family through. It doesn’t whitewash reality, it doesn’t give a magic happy-ever-after ending. It made me mad with how unfair Tyler was treated but that is life, it’s hard and cruel at times and sometimes all you can do is deal with the cards you are given. Didn’t stop me screaming with frustration though!
It also gives a realistic picture of what 20 somethings deal with. It has drinking, sex and yes an attempted abuse scene. The abuse scene is controversial and I have seen it mentioned in lots of reviews due to the downplaying of it and the lack of consequences. But you know what, yet again, this happens, this is real life. I have a very close friend who when through nearly that exact scenario and she dealt with it pretty much the same way. Not everything in life is wrapped up nicely with a pretty ribbon on top and this book shows that.
The reason I’m knocking half a star off is because I just don’t buy what her friends did at the start of the book. I don’t want to post a spoiler so all I will say is it didn’t sit comfortably with me. Apart from this though, I loved the book.
In Summary : The book made me laugh, it made me cry, it is sexy, it is romantic, it is frustrating and it is fun. Yes all those things rolled up in to one entertaining-as-hell book. If you are a fan of NA, this one is a must-read.
Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Group for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.