All of This Is True

Written by Lygia Day Penaflor

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In a Nutshell: Heroine-worship | Manipulation | Betrayal

June 2018 Debut of the Month | This cool concept, genre-subverting page-turner sees a group of affluent teenagers enmesh themselves in the life and art of a hit new YA writer with shocking consequences, as their lives become her art.
Mira is obsessed with Fatima Ro’s novel and jumps at the chance to meet the author in real life. Both she and her privileged peer group are totally smitten by her style and her ‘theory of human connection’ so they conspire to get closer to her. After a couple of contrived not-so-chance encounters (like their heroine, the friends are no strangers to the art of manipulation), Fatima announces, “I want you to be my people”, which sends them reeling with joy, but becoming “her people” has grave consequences…As we discover through the retrospectively-told narratives, stricken by writer’s block, Fatima turns to the lives of her new companions as a source of material. Looking back over the past months, Penny is adamant that she and her friends were cruelly used by Fatima. “She set us all up like pawns for a fall”, Penny accuses. “She wasn’t talented enough to think of her own story.” Penny’s view is given weight when she reveals the jaw-dropping source of Fatima’s famed theory of human connection. But, as the saying goes, there are two sides to every story and, in this case, Mira’s story sees her defend her heroine to the end.

Razor-sharp on the cult of celebrity, this cuttingly compelling novel is also thought-provoking on manipulation, artistic responsibility and forgiveness. The smart, unconventional narrative devices and structure (multiple points of view, novel excerpts, interview snippets) make for an addictive read, and the twists uncoil with stabs of deadly venom. 

Joanne Owen

All of This Is True Synopsis

When four Long Island teens plot to meet Fatima Ro, the elusive author of their favourite novel, they’re stunned to find she befriends them and invites them into her eccentric life. Suddenly their lives seem charmed, and as they grow closer to their idol, they find themselves revealing their darkest secrets to her.
But a year later, Miri, Soleil, Jonah and Penny are shocked to discover that Fatima’s newly released YA novel is based on those same secrets. The revelations are devastating, and they can’t escape the spotlight. The friends’ interview transcripts, emails and journal entries reveal how willing they were to sacrifice everything to win Fatima’s approval – and how those sacrifices led to a tragedy from which one of them will never recover.

A thrilling story of manipulation, deceit and consequences, All of This is True is a contemporary cross between We Were Liars and The Breakfast Club.


All of This Is True Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our LoveReading Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Imogen Breaks, age 15 - Told through novels, interviews and newspapers, a twisted story of betrayal and revenge like no other slowly comes to light. I found this book gripping and very different to what I've ever read before.'
  • Emily Price, age 15 - 'I found this novel to be extremely addictive. I really liked how the book was written and the unique storyline.'
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 15 - 'This book is about a group of friends who befriend an author then have their world turned upside down as a consequence.'
  • Aimee Sweet, age 16 - 'I completely fell in love with the appearance with this book – I thought the idea was fascinating within its originality and the design cover was absolutely stunning. A really enjoyable read. Nothing like I have ever read before in Young Adult fiction!'
  • Rebekah Marsh, age 15 - 'This book is so gripping, enticing and enjoyable that I could not put it down at all! I was trapped within this immense story of whirlwind emotions!'
  • Humaira Kauser, age 20 - 'You learn to love and hate, sympathise and empathise with all the characters; there is so sides to them which makes them feel so real. One of my favourite reads of the year'
  • Cerys Davies, age 15 - '‘All of this is true’ by Lygia Day Penaflor is exciting and unique. It’s a romantic and mysterious novel that’s quite mature with some sexual content. '
  • Edel Waugh, age 20 - 'Devious! It did make a terrific plot and I could not put it down.'

All of This Is True Press Reviews

A delicious, addictive puzzle that readers will gobble up. I had to read it twice, once because it had me by the throat, then again to really savor the wit, sarcasm and absolute humanity of these characters. An unbelievably creative undertaking, beautifully executed  Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, author of the Carnegie Medal-shortlisted The Smell of Other People's Houses

Prepare to be sucked into a world of privilege, obsession and manipulation. All of This is True is an addictive mix of funny and horrifying  Sue Wallman, author of Lying About Last Summer


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ISBN: 9781408890936
Publication date: 31/05/2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408890936
Publication date: 31st May 2018
Author: Lygia Day Penaflor
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, eBooks

About Lygia Day Penaflor

Lygia Day Penaflor is a graduate of Boston University and Columbia Teachers College and a private academic teacher for young Hollywood stars. Her students have included the young casts of Gossip Girl and Boardwalk Empire as well as Jay-Z's reboot of Annie. This is her second novel for young adults. She lives on Long Island, New York.

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