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Everything but the Truth: An If Only novel

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by Mandy Hubbard

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Enjoy Everything but the Truth and the other standalone titles in Bloomsbury's contemporary If Only romance line centered around an impossible problem: you always want what you can't have!

Holly Mathews' mom is the new manager of a ritzy retirement home, and they just moved in, which means Holly's neighbors are all


Enjoy Everything but the Truth and the other standalone titles in Bloomsbury's contemporary If Only romance line centered around an impossible problem: you always want what you can't have!

Holly Mathews' mom is the new manager of a ritzy retirement home, and they just moved in, which means Holly's neighbors are all super-rich retirees. Still, it's not a total bust, because gorgeous, notorious Hollywood playboy Malik Buchannan is the grandson of one of the residents. Just one problem: when they meet, Malik assumes Holly's there to visit her own rich relative. She doesn't correct him, and it probably doesn't matter, because their flirtation could never turn into more than a superficial fling . . . right? But the longer Holly lives in Malik's privileged world, the deeper she falls for him and the more difficult it becomes to tell the truth . . . because coming clean might mean losing Malik forever.

For anyone who has dreamed of their own Cinderella story, this title in the If Only romance line is about how when it comes to true love, the best person to be is yourself!

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“Part comedy of errors, part romantic-fantasy, this fast-reading playful novel takes the idea of feeling out of place to a hilarious extreme.” —Publishers Weekly on PRADA & PREJUDICE

“A great romantic read for any girl.” —VOYA on FOOL ME TWICE

“Hubbard keeps it fresh and entertaining. . . Wish-fulfillment for romance fans.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Readers will love this fantastically funny, heart-warming book about getting much more than you wish for.” —VOYA on YOU WISH

“Hubbard's lighthearted romance pulls in Cinderella motifs, while using suspense and complicated subterfuge to step up the plot's pace. . . . A fun, romantic romp.” —Booklist

VOYA, October 2015 (Vol. 38, No. 4) - Bethany Martin
Recent high school graduate Holly Matthews is focused on earning money for college. One day, as she is doing odd jobs for residents of the retirement home where she lives, and her mother works, she meets Malik Buchannan, the handsome, playboy grandson of one of the richest men in the country. Malik thinks Holly is at the retirement home for the same reason he is, to visit a wealthy relative. Holly, instantly smitten with Malik, does not explain who she really is, convinced that a serious relationship could never develop between people with such different lives. But, as Holly and Malik spend more time together, their feelings deepen and Holly must figure out how to tell Malik who she really is without losing him. Everything But The Truth is an entirely familiar, and predictable, story, with a familiar and predictable message about being true to yourself. While there is nothing groundbreaking, there are some interesting aspects of the story. Holly’s relationship with her best friend, Alex, at first seems like the classic tale of friends growing apart as they grow older, but the resolution is more interesting and points out how self-absorbed even the best of friends can be at times. Die-hard romantics will find the descriptions of Malik and Holly’s dates fun and their relationship is chaste enough to recommend this book to younger teens. This is a secondary purchase for collections where romances are in high demand. Readers looking for a light, fun read will likely be satisfied. Reviewer: Bethany Martin; Ages 12 to 18.
Children's Literature - Michele Hughes
At eighteen, Holiday “Holly” Mathews is the youngest resident of Sunrise House in Seattle, an upscale retirement home where her mom works. In order to earn money for college, Holly runs errands for the residents. She occasionally befriends them, especially Henrietta, whose dimension has led her to think that Holly is her granddaughter, Lucy. Charles Buchanan, a famously wealthy businessman, moves in, and Holly and her mom feel pressure to keep him happy. Things get complicated when Malik, Charles’ dreamy grandson with a reputation as a wild child, takes an interest in Holly, who pretends to be Lucy so that Malik doesn’t know she lives at Sunrise. Their extravagant dates remind her of their different socio-economic statuses, but she justifies her lies by telling herself it’s just a casual summer fling. Meanwhile, Holly is growing apart from her best friend, Alex, who is spending more time with a new friend. After seeing them together, Malik believes that Alex and her new best friend are really a romantic couple, and Holly is relieved to know that Alex isn’t abandoning her. As Charles takes a liking to “Lucy” and she grows closer to Malik, she knows she must reveal the truth. Malik feels betrayed, and they break up, and Holly goes off to college. Malik eventually forgives her, and they continue their relationship, but this time on a foundation of truth. Often ridiculous, this story pushes the bounds of the reader’s gullibility, such as when Holly explains to Malik that some people at Sunrise call her Holiday because she loves decorating for the holidays. Holly is a strong, hardworking, and smart protagonist, but her extended lie and the relationship that results diminish the impact of her character. The other characters seem somewhat flat and predictable in this volume of the “If Only” series. Reviewer: Michele Hughes; Ages 12 up.
Kirkus Reviews
A Cinderella story set near modern-day Seattle brings a poor girl together with a handsome, uber-rich, famous guy. Holiday lives with her mom in the ritzy Sunrise House retirement home, where her mom is the leasing agent. There, she runs into Malik, grandson of Charles Buchanan, the third-richest man in America. Jet-setter Malik has romanced famous movie stars, but he falls for Holly—except that he thinks her name is Lucy due to a misunderstanding caused by a confused resident. Thinking their acquaintance will be brief, Holly doesn't correct him, but a real romance starts to bloom, setting the stage for awkwardness later on. Meanwhile, she helps the elderly Buchanan pry himself away from his apartment and begin to live again. Although the story fits neatly into well-worn plot grooves, Hubbard keeps it fresh and entertaining. If Holly's continually evolving reasons for keeping her secret sometimes seem strained, they are nevertheless crucial to the plot. Meanwhile the two have fun on dates only a superrich (and supernice) young man can plan. Holly is given a compelling interest in antiques and art, rendering her character more individual than Malik's pleasant stereotype. Harmless wish-fulfillment for romance fans. (Romance. 12-18)

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Bloomsbury USA
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If Only... Series
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5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

Meet the Author

Mandy Hubbard is the author of many books for young adults including the previous If Only title FOOL ME TWICE, PRADA & PREJUDICE, and YOU WISH. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and daughter. She works as an agent at D4EO literary. Visit her online at www.mandyhubbard.com and on twitter @mandyhubbard.

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Everything but the Truth: An If Only novel 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ummmm. OK but weird
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Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
Everything But the Truth is a companion novel in an adorable series, entitled If Only. I’ve really been enjoying this series, and I was looking forward to reading this one after enjoying Mandy’s first book in the If Only Series, Fool Me Twice, which I read last year. Everything but the Truth is a rags-to-riches story involving Holly, who lives at a retirement home for the rich because her mother is the home’s manager. Holly and her mother have moved quite a bit, but living in this retirement home has been their most spacious and comfortable living quarters yet. Holly loves helping out the elderly as well, and spends most of her free time with her BFF. While helping out an elderly woman who happened to call Holly “Lucy”, she runs into Malik, the grandson of a very rich (and grumpy!) man. Malik hears this woman speaking to Holly, calling her “Lucy” and assumes she is the woman’s grandmother, there for a quick visit. Holly doesn’t correct him. Thus starts this story of a blooming romance that starts off on a series of lies. What will happen when the lies eventually get revealed? Well, I can’t tell you that, now can I. ;) Think What a Girl Wants meets Maid in Manhattan and you’ve got yourself a pretty good idea of this story. Though overly predictable and a little silly, this was definitely a fun read and kept me entertained. I liked the characters more and more as the story progressed. The ending was a bit anti-climatic since it was so expected, but it was still super cute and left me with a total “chick flick” feeling. A fun read for a relaxing day. (Thanks to Bloomsbury for the review copy!)