Publication date: August 11th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Fame & lies keep them apart
One truth remains…She’s become the Paly High girl with the most tragic story…At 17, Tally Landon just wants to graduate and leave for New York to pursue ballet. Her best friend Marla convinces her to attend one last party—a college party—where she can be among strangers and evade the whisperings about her heartbreaking loss of her twin that follows her everywhere she goes. She meets Lincoln Presley, Stanford’s famous baseball wonder and has a little fun at his expense—when she lies about her age and who she really is—intent on being someone else for the night and escaping her tragic story.His only focus is baseball, but he can’t forget the girl he saved on Valentine’s Day…
At 22, Lincoln Presley’s star is on the rise—about to finish at Stanford and expected to be taken early in Major League Baseball’s upcoming draft—his cousin’s party serves as a welcome distraction. But then, he sees the girl from Valentine’s Day that he saved from that horrific car accident and can’t quite hide his disappointment when she appears to look right through him and not remember him at all. He vows to learn her name at least before he leaves. What’s the harm in getting to know this girl? What’s the worst that can happen?
They share this incredible connection, but fate soon tests these star-crossed lovers in all kinds of ways…
And yet, despite the lies being told to protect the other, and the trappings of fame that continually separate them, and in lieu of the deception by those they’ve come to trust the most; one truth remains.
This much is true.
This book was intense…and I wasn’t always convinced it was in a good way. In fact, there were so many times I didn’t agree with what the main characters were doing and the choices they were making–so many times–that I had moments of extreme frustration while reading.
Yet, I could not seem to put it down. It was as if the book were fused to my hands as the pages kept turning themselves. Literary rubbernecking, if you will.
I was pulling for these two characters like you wouldn’t believe, but that darn Katherine Owen threw everything she could at them to tear them apart–and I do mean everything. There were times that I honestly thought, that’s it, she can’t possibly get them together now, but I kept reading.
Seriously, it’s like I was a woman possessed.
Rollercoaster ride doesn’t quite do it justice. What would be more intense than that? Spacewalking without a tether while being chased by those bad guy/escaped criminals from Superman II as your oxygen reserves run out, maybe? Not sure even that comes close enough….
They’re up, they’re down, secondary characters come along to help, secondary characters throw massive wrenches into the works–it just never stopped. I had to keep going, just to convince myself that something resembling an HEA was going to be in there somewhere.
It does feel like Ms. Owen did use a bit too many convenient coincidences to bring everything together at the end, but honestly by that point I just wanted them to get to their happy place that I willingly went along with it. The boundaries of reality were stretched pretty far, but they don’t quite break.
If you like angst and drama, definitely give this one a try. It’s Romeo and Juliet on steroids (or–Romeo and Juliette, as is referenced in the book more than once), if you like that kind of thing.
(I actually loathe Romeo and Juliet, so the fact that I kept going on this one and gave it four stars in the end really says something about the writing here.)
Highlighted quote, that really sums up much of the book:
You can’t really hear heartbreak. It is remarkably silent but excruciating all the same. You think you’ve already met up with the depths of sadness and despair. You’ve had your share. You think there is no more that anyone can say or do to you that could make you feel worse, but you would be wrong even on this most terror-filled day.
So. Much. Drama.
Couldn’t stop reading.