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Posted May 9, 2013
I felt pretty let down by this one. I have read many Erin McCarthy books before and this one just felt very juvenile. I know it was geared to a younger audience than her previous books - but the writing even seemed more juvenile. I was disappointed.
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Posted May 9, 2013
I was really looking forward to this book, but I couldn't get over the fact that Tyler (the hero) was having on and off sex with the heroine's slutty roommate. Ewwww. I felt that was tasteless and unnecessary.
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Posted June 9, 2013
Is it possible for someone to give their opinion of the book without giving away the entire plot? Is it?
There is a difference between a book review and a book report. Aquaint yourswlf with it. AND... just because you put "Spoilers!!!!" before it, it does not make it okay. Just tell us if you liked or did not like the book.
I bet you are hell to watch a movie with, especially one you have already seen. I will NOT be purchasing this book. No need to now that I know ALL about it.
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Posted May 8, 2013
I loved this book! As a longtime fan of Erin McCarthy's I was looking forward to reading TRUE and was not disappointed. I was immediately caught up in the story, in the characters, in their lives, and in Tyler and Rory's growing feelings for one another. I could not stop reading it and didn't put it down until I was finished. I laughed and I cried. It was wonderful! I rate it five stars whole-heartedly.
With TRUE EM gives us so much more than a wonderful story of opposites attracting. She brings us right into the heart of these two characters and how their differences make them a whole. Rory Macintosh is the sheltered middle-class good girl - studious, logical, always does the right thing, and still a virgin in college. Tyler Mann is a sex-on-a-stick bad boy from the poor side of town - raised by an alcoholic, drug addicted single mother, rough, mysterious, tattooed guy trying to dig his life out of it's hole.
Rory is a incredible young woman. She had her normal insecurities because she was so socially inexperienced which made it difficult for her to connect with others, but she was so utterly honest (with herself and others) and logical that she talked her way through these issues when they came up. Throughout the book she is true to herself and loyal to her friends. I really admired her for that. She was about as far from the typical college drama queen party girl as you could get. She left that all to her roommates, Jessica and Kylie. They were all about how many no strings hook-ups they could manage.
Tyler I loved, loved, loved. Hiding behind his appearance of a tatted, pierced bad boy who acted like he didn't really care about anything was a good man who took his responsibilities very seriously. He is not just all hotness and sex (although he is that yummy stuff too) He has a heart of gold and doesn't hesitate to do whatever it takes to protect those he cares about. And when it came to Rory, he got her, like no one else ever had. With her he was honest, he let her see his true self and what his life was really like, let himself be vulnerable. And he let Rory be Rory without giving her any reason to be uncomfortable with who she was, quirks and all.
EM does a fantastic job of drawing you in and showing what each of their lives is really like, at home and amid their friends. She shows how Rory's family situation clearly contributed to how she interacts with others. And she gives her roommates who are unlikely, but loyal friends. Misguided and slutty, but they don't give up on Rory despite her nerdiness, and do their best to draw her out of her shell. The same with Tyler, she clearly shows how difficult his life is at home and yet how he patiently loves his brothers, and even his mother, unconditionally. How this protective instinct has formed his character and pushed him to better his life and theirs. She also gives him a friend who has his back and provides him a way to get away from that life and have some good times. These secondary characters are well-written and provide so much more than just background to the story. They provide humor and angst and support. But the bones of this story was how these two opposites were able to connect with each other so deeply even though they both had difficulty with sharing true emotions with others.
My only complaint about this book is that the ending wrapped up too quickly and too soon. I wanted more! I was not ready to let Tyler and Rory go. That's how caught up in them and real EM made them to me. I will absolutely be buying the next book in this series if only to see a little more of these two!
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Posted June 4, 2013
True is one of those books that I enjoyed reading, but also wanted to punch from time to time.
There are some great things going on here and a lot to enjoy.
What I didn’t enjoy is that the main character, Rory’s, best friends/roommates decide that all she needs to break out of her introverted shell is to have sex. I mean, I understand thinking that or talking about it amongst yourselves, but these girls decide that the thing to do is to pay a guy to have sex with her.
THEY ESSENTIALLY BOUGHT HER A HOOKER.
As if that isn’t bad enough, what is far more egregious is that on the night that Rory is sexually assaulted (this isn’t a spoiler, promise) THEY DON’T GO BACK TO THE DORM WITH HER. At this point Rory should have been like YOU ARE THE WORST FRIENDS EVER, WE ARE NEVER EVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER. Because JESUS.
Okay. Now that that is over with, let’s talk about the good stuff, shall we?
The strength of True is the author, Erin McCarthy’s, understanding of socio-economics and the role they play in romantic relationships. Rory is a smart, if sheltered, college student who wants to be a coroner. She comes from an upper-middle class family and lost her mom at an early age, so she was primarily raised by her introverted father. But, Rory is kind and open-minded, so she’s not really one to judge. Now, it turns out that the guy her awful friends hired to sex her up is Tyler, a tattooed and penis pierced (I don’t know why this is a thing. I just. Whatever.) bad boy from an impoverished and unstable family. His mother is addicted to pain medication and he and his brothers come from different fathers. While Tyler has a don’t-mess-with-me exterior, he cares deeply about his brothers and wants to take care of them.
Of course, he and Rory get together in all their star-crossed lover glory. Rory loves Tyler’s commitment to his family and she genuinely cares about his brothers. When she learns that they most likely won’t have a Thanksgiving, she invites them to her house.
This is where True shines. Rory’s father’s reaction to Tyler and his brothers is incredibly realistic and believable, as is Rory’s reaction to her father’s reaction. It’s the moment of a father recognizing that he can’t dictate his daughter’s life anymore, but desperately wanting to, and a daughter standing up for herself and her decisions, but still trying to respect her father’s wishes. It’s a gorgeous moment that everyone, at some point, goes through growing up and McCarthy does an excellent job navigating those emotions.
Overall, True is a quick, emotional read that explores the ups and downs of a passionate, but difficult relationship in a way that is unflinchingly realistic. Though I didn’t love the reason why Rory and Tyler met, I did love getting to know these characters. If you’re looking for something that is romantic and passionate, but also true to life, definitely consider True.
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Posted June 30, 2014
As a long-time fan of Erin McCarthy, but not yet a fully committed New Adult reader, I was nonetheless very happy to find True on the new release bookstore shelf. I'm a fan, too, of gritty, tormented characters, with tough lives and backgrounds that require strength and courage to overcome. I love the quirkier characters, too, who have broken out of the average Joe and Josephine molds (because love, after all, isn't just for the most beautiful and perfect among us, is it?). Rory Macintosh is a brilliant college student and - sigh - a virgin. Her besties are all party girls, and far more experienced in the hook-up with hotties department but she loves them all. Convinced she's not attractive to guys, she is not prepared for the intensity that is Tyler Mann. In more ways than one. Her comfortable upbringing is a far cry from his fractured family, which includes a drug addict mother, and three brothers - one of whom is Down Syndrome, the other - well, they don't know quite who Easton's father was. Just clearly not their dad. Who is out of the picture as well. Tyler's studying to become an EMT. Rory's going to be a coroner. But she's surprised when he assists her with her literature, which doesn't come as naturally as science does to this geek, and that's just the beginning. She's never been in love. Tyler's played around (including with one of Rory's gal pals). But that's all in the past once Rory enters his life and the two have to navigate their familial differences, and their own expectations when a disaster throws Tyler's world into chaos. And throws Rory into a parental confrontation that may do the same to her life. The sensuality was marvelous. The relationship was edgy and intense and replete with the elevated emotions of young adults navigating the unfamiliar waters of love, lust, responsibility and dashed hopes and expectations. But above all, love and loyalty will be the strength that binds this marvelously rendered couple together - if they can overcome the obstacles fate has thrown in their way. Great 20-something world is brought to life by McCarthy. I absolutely adored the Mann family brothers - different, engaging, each with needs and bound together by the protective Tyler and his older brother Riley. It is a grim, hardscrabble world for these men, but they're going to stick together. And now they have Rory on their side as well. Fantastic romance, lots of conflict, highs, lows, and gritty realism that had me holding on for dear life, and loving every minute of the tempestuous ride. A must read, and my highest accolade "one sitting read".Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 28, 2014
New series by this author geared to a younger reader, college students? It is about a group of girlfriends who eventually get a guy. This is the first book, I accidentally read it out of order. It is a stand alone book but the other books are connected. This story has a smart girl Rory and her virginity issue. I did not like the idea that her friends and her felt that it was time to lose it. The bad boy guy, Tyler, is offered money to help her lose it. The only reasons he is considered a "bad" guy is because he has tattoos, has a drug addict Mom, is poor, and likes casual sex. He is not mean or abusive and in the end goes to jail for something he did not do. I don't like all the smoking, or the senseless party drinking. I do like that the author gives you insight into the minds of the main characters. I like the emphasis on friendship, family and love conquers all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 8, 2014
I did not find Tyler's sleeping with the trashy roomate heroic True or Sweet in any way! I found it disgusting and unforgivable. I was like Rory. I was a good girl virgin until 21 and I know what it felt like to be treated like an experiment and have something taken away that I could not get back. It was the ultimate betrayal! The saying "with friends like these..." I felt so cheated not loved by any of the participants. In the end I cut ties with all involved and told the guy involved he had a lot to learn about love and next time he should not play with a girl's heart and/or trust because you can't unring bell's like these and boo hoo that he was hurting because I was done caring. As far as I could tell I had already been cheated on so all was lost.
I normally love EM books I just don't believe a real girl would accept being played like this. The trust just would not be possible.
Posted January 20, 2014
The nerd and The Bad Boy!!
I have been wanting to read TRUE for a year and it has been sitting on my TBR shelf for just as long. I totally forgot I had gotten this approved by NetGalley so when I found it the other day I dove right in....and couldn't stop! TRUE cornered the market with the whole "Opposites Attract" story. A completely intriguing, sweet and emotional story about a shy and smart girl with intimacy issues and a tattooed, pierced smoker from the wrong side of the tracks.
Rory Macintosh is not your average college woman. She's the aloof, shy, quiet and closed off girl who likes to study. Plus she's incredibly smart. During a night of hanging out with friends when a guy she doesn't know tries to force her into something she doesn't want to do she meets Tyler Mann. Coming to her rescue and making sure she gets home safe Tyler is the first guy to show interest in her and it peaks her curiosity. The two strike up a friendship and after a while something deeper blooms for both of them. That is until their different backgrounds threaten to overshadow the bond they've forged.
I really enjoy stories where two different people who you wouldn't think in a million years could ever fit together find love. Rory and Tyler are on very different ends of the spectrum and at first I wasn't too excited about about them getting together. When Rory meets Tyler he's her roommate Jessica's current play thing and I found it entirely icky that she would give him the time of day. Sweet, shy Rory has never even had a boyfriend much less had any kind of intimate experience and poor Tyler has his fair share...daily. Losing her mother at a young age left Rory closed off and unable to get close to anyone. She spends most of her time with her nose in a book trying to finish school so she can be a coroner. Not the kind of profession most young girls dream of going into but that was the beauty of Rory's quirkiness. She was different yet refreshing to me and I loved her. She had a tendency to be a bit too dramatic at times but with her lack of experience I could understand and she always managed to think clearly, true to her logical thought process.
Tyler's character was a total surprise to me. Granted I did like him from the start I was still icked out by the fact that he was sleeping with Rory's roommate at one point and I am just not one of those people who likes to go after my friends exes. Tyler is the obviously bad, bad boy but the surprise came in how sweet and thoughtful he was. He took care of Rory several times and genuinely cared about her well being. He's had his own share of hard times with a junkie for a mother and two brother's to care for. It may have taken me a while to warm up to Tyler because I didn't trust him at first but once I saw him with his family, one brother with down syndrome and the other unwanted I was done for. He's trying to do better for his family by going to school to become an EMT so he can give his brothers a better life than what they have had and it killed me a little when things took a turn for the worst. Tyler was a character I could relate to because he never seemed to catch a break. He finally found something that brought him happiness and something comes along to ruin it and his well laid plans. It became abundantly clear that Tyler wasn't what I thought and I started to feel bad for judging him like I did and he's just fictional guy! I love it when a character can change my already preconceived opinion about them without much effort.
One of the things I admire about a strong couple is their ability to overcome whatever is thrown at them. I almost started to think that these two wouldn't be able to handle everything they faced. My heart broke several times throughout for both characters and I almost gave up hope. Tyler faces something life changing and seeing Rory want to step up and be there for him showed tremendous growth of her character. While Tyler seemed to retreat into himself and make choices that hurt them both. I understood his reasoning for it but I just wish he would have had a little more faith in himself. Jessica, Kylie, Easton and Riley were hilarious, fun and sweet supporting characters that added so much more to the story. Rory's roommates Jessica and Kylie were the comic relief especially if they had been drinking. I found myself laughing several times unexpectedly. When Tyler's brother Riley came into the picture the electricity I felt between him and Jessica was instant and I can't wait to see if that goes anywhere.
One of my favorite things about this book aside from the romance aspect was Tyler's brother Jayden. Even though he had down syndrome Jayden was an absolute scene stealer. His adorably honest remarks had me laughing and a little teary eyed. He was so innocent and it made me angry on his behalf that he had the kind of life he did with his mother. The relationship between him and Rory was one of the highlights of this book for me. She was so understanding with him and cared genuinely about not just him but Easton, Tyler's other brother too. I would have liked to see thing from Tyler's perspective in certain parts of the story but I can see judging by the next in the series that the author has a method to her madness. TRUE was not the hottest NA romance I have read but it was definitely unique and a very enjoyable read. I may have started reading this questioning whether I would like it but it quickly had me absorbed in the writing, characters and the beautiful romance. TRUE was everything I love in a good book and nothing I expected! TRUE had me so absorbed it didn't take me long to finish it. If you enjoy a good story that flows and makes you forget you're reading you should check this one out.
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I really struggled with a rating for this book. I went back and forth between 3 stars and 4 stars…so it would be a strong 3.5 if that were an option. I had a few issues with this book (see below), but I guess in the end I really enjoyed the story and the author's writing so I felt my rating needed to reflect that.
Here is what I liked: I enjoy New Adult romances, so while this story was not original in any way (bad boy from the wrong side of town with tattoos (of course) and reputation for 'playing the field' meets the good girl from a middle to upper class family, and a virgin no less), I was not really expecting much more than that. I agree that True can be compared to many of the other NA books out there, but there were things that made it stand out on its own. First off was Rory. I enjoyed her snarkiness and honesty. She was shy and socially awkward (I can so relate to her on that level!), but I liked the personality she brought to the story. I felt she was an original character in that she was not a book geek but rather a scientific/analytical type. Tyler was harder to get a handle on, but he ended up being okay, too.
Here is what I didn't like: While I liked Rory, her character was too inconsistent for me. She was strong in some aspects and completely wishy-washy in others. If she would have stayed true to form the entire story, I would have probably loved this book even more. However, there were many times throughout the book I felt she should have spoken up for herself when she chose not to, and she lost points from me for this because it seemed inconsistent with what we knew of her personality.
The biggest issue for me, though, was the conclusion, or lack thereof. The ending to True came so quickly, I wasn't expecting it! It's like the author decided she was done and just ended it abruptly, leaving everything hanging. There are so many unresolved issues that really needed to have been addressed here and now for this story to be complete. I guess it's a good thing I wanted more, right? But as it was, I felt like the story was missing something and there was no real resolution.
The next book in this series is out now, which is Riley's story, which I am looking forward to.
Posted November 11, 2013
I decided to read True on a whim, not sure if I was going to like it. This book ended up surprising me though. I was glued to the story from the very beginning, and I pretty much liked everything about it, especially the characters.
Rory, the main character, was the reason why I was hooked from the start. She was hilarious and honest. I just thought it was cute how awkward she seemed when it came to social situations, yet she made it clear how much she craved interactions and romance. Tyler was another reason why I couldn't put the book down. He was the guy Rory started developing feelings for. He came off as a bad boy, but he was actually a good and caring guy. I loved their moments together, and I felt all the hard times they went through were realistic and not over dramatic, which was refreshing. I couldn't get enough!
Although I thought the ending was a bit rushed, I truly enjoyed True and definitely would like to read the rest of this series. It may not be for everyone, but I think fans of new adult novels should give it a read!
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I really liked this story. I liked the angle in which the author approached the good girl falling for the bad boy. It was fresh and entertaining. I loved the logic way in which Rory approached everything instead of being a bratty drama queen. I liked that we are shown Tyler's home life which gives his character more depth than a typical bad boy with a heart of gold.
This is a book I will definetly reread and recommend
Posted October 25, 2013
I absolutely LOVED this book. I finished it in a day and couldn't put it down. Anyone who wants romance about college I highly recommend this one. Erin McCarthy doesn't disappoint!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.