Review of “True” by Erin McCarthy

Penguin Group

Penguin Group (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Published by: Penguin Group

Released: May 7, 2013

Genre: YA Romance

Rating – 4 Stars

The Story

Thanks to Goodreads

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…

The Characters

This story was a qucik and light read, but it was not without some great characters. I liked Rory from the begining – I could completely understand her feelings of embarassment about her choice for not having a partner until the right one came along – and I find this admirable in today’s society, especially.  To be honest though, my favorite character in the story was Tyler – after seeing his family situation – what he wouldn’t do for his brothers and to protect his own mother. He was a kind and giving person – and even when asked to help Rory for money, he couldn’t even do it. I have to admit they were an u nlikely pair, but it showed Tyler’s strength through all of the hardship he had to face. One of the most frustrating parts for me was Rory’s father judging her for being with Tyler and then subsequently Tyler leaving her b/c he thought she deserved better – I hate self sacrificing..and even though I know he was doing what he thought was right, but it stunk and that part of the book was super sad for me. In end end things find a way of working themselves out and it both showed out each character growed during that time to be ready for what would come next. I am glad that there will be a second story in this series because i want to see how much more these characters grow and of course i’m interested in Tyler’s hot older brother too..

What I Thought

Overall, I found the story a light and qucik read. It wasn’t too serious, which was perfect since i just finisihed “The Program” before this – and i enjoyed just seeing how things developed without major tragedy. I’m not saying some serious things did not happen, because you know they did, but the heavy stuff didn’t become “too heavy” if you know what I mean.. This book isn’t something I would read again, but I would read the second book in the series and I do like the characters and will be interested where they go from here. I like that it wasn’t a fairytale ending – the topics covered here are real life events and I think they could happen to anyone an di can really apprecaite that, so overall I did like the book – 4/5 stars from my point of view.

Quick Skinney on the Review

So, to be short and to the point, I liked the book and liked the story line. It was kind of slow during certain points, but I did enjoy the characters and the story seamed real to life for me anyway. While I would not make this something I re-read, I would read the next book coming out in the series and feel certain I would enjoy that too – You can’t love every book and I would be lying if i said i did, so this might not make my top 10, but it did make fo relaxing, light, and fun read when i really needed it. 4 out of 5 stars. If you love romance, college romance, and need a light/fun read – check it out!

Quotes from the story (can’t leave these out!)

Literature wasn’t intended to be about perfect people, it was about flaws, very real and very deep human flaws.” – I almost forgot about this, one of my favorite parrts of the book when Tyler is tutoring Rory on lit and why she can’t understand the characters in the story, and he points out that the best stories are real based on real characters who have flaws, because life isn’t perfect.. so hence I do love this quote – great lesson not only in the story but you can take to life…

“Our relationship felt like a Christmas gift that you hadn’t asked for and weren’t expecting to receive, but the minute you saw it, you knew it was perfect for you.” – now this is a gush moment from the book – just sweet and gush worthy..

The last quote I feel like sums up the book and the love story found within – and is relatable to everyone.. love isn’t easy, it can be cruel and hard, but rewarding and wonderful…

“I still wasn’t convinced that tossing a shoe (who of us hasn’t done this?? honestly??) didn’t mean you harbored an anger management problem, but I did understand love now.  How it wrappedaround you and made you more aware of the prickles on your skin, the roots of your hair, the intensity of every touch and every inch of you.  It was like life on hi-def.  Everything was sharper.” – the last quote especially about life being on hi-def, i really love that.


So in conclusion – I did like the story, would reccommend, thinks it had some great points and meat and I enjoyed the characters. Maybe not a re-reader but certainly a series I will finish. 4/5 stars. If you need that light/fun read and like the quotes above, check it out!




Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s