Trueby Erin McCarthy (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Series: True Believers #1
Published by InterMix, Penguin on May 7th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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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…
Today, I’m featuring an amazing New Adult novel by Bestselling Author Erin McCarthy. I’ll have a short review about the awesomensss and a wonderful Guest Post from Erin!
Given my recent addiction to New Adult fiction I was getting very fast and very excited when I read the Blurb from TRUE! Even though the Bad Boy – Good Girl is something we often enough find in New Adult, there was something about Rory and Tyler that intrigued me.And.. I was excited when I found this book to be truly awesome and absolutely catching!
Rory – Go Girl!!!!!!
Rory was such a cute and great heroine who was full of strength even though she was somehow an outside among her party going friends. But she always stayed true to herself which is what I loved most about her. She didn’t try to force herself to be different and rather trusted her own guts than what would trust what someone else said! There is one very prominent and important scene in the very beginning and where it looked like Tyler did something super bad. But instead of blindly believing it, Rory (let’s cheer for her!!) trusted Tyler enough so that she didn’t throw their friendship away. That was the moment where I was truly jumping, putting my fist in the air and screaming “Go Girl”!
Friendship – Love – Trust packed into an emotional bundle!
Tyler is just the awesome bad boy we cannot help but fall for helplessly. And even though you at first glance it’s hard to see that Rory and Tyler would be a good fit, they first form such a beautiful friendship, that it’s easy to see them also fall for each other. They seem like total oposites but together they are just stronger. Tylers backstory was incredibly heartbreaking and brought me to tears a few times. I loved seeing him getting strength from Rory!
Rory keeps Tyler grounded and Tyler helps Rory getting out a little of her shell. It was so wonderful to see them changing, to see them trust each other and then finally admitting their love.
My only complain with this book was the too fast ending. I would have wished for it to be a little more tighly wrapped up and I felt a little lost with the too aprupt ending…
True was a wonderful New Adult story about love, trust and friendship Packed into an emotional backstory and driven by outstanding characters. All fans of the New Adult genre will most definitely love this one!
Please now read Erin’s post about Bad Boy Tyler, his horrible life and all the difficult issues addressed in TRUE.
Erin McCarthy, author of the New Adult novel True, discusses the challenging issues she tackles in her newest novel.
You gave such a gripping, and often painful portrayal of Tyler’s home life. Was it difficult to go to that place with your characters?
It was hard to write, but I wanted the details to be there. I wanted it to feel real and for readers to understand that Tyler has very limited choices and resources and yet he is truly a good guy despite his situation.
One of the things great YA novels are often known for is confronting, gritty issues that are challenging teens—relationships, drugs, dysfunctional families, etc. You address several very gritty issues in this new adult novel. What made you choose these issues?
Drunken sexual assaults are unfortunately very common on college campuses and most girls never speak up because they know they’ll be slut shamed and dragged through the media mud if they do, and their odds of proving an assault are small given the nature of these acquaintance assaults, where often alcohol is involved and a certain level of consensual sexual activity. So while that may not seem ‘heroic’ to keep quiet I want girls to understand they don’t have to be victimized twice- that whether they chose to press charges or stay silent, they need to do what is right for them, regardless of anyone else’s opinion on the matter. Let’s not make victims feel guilt over a crime they didn’t commit nor deserve. Victim shaming needs to stop if we want the rape culture to change.
For Tyler, he was just always in my head as someone who had true dysfunction at home. I wanted his problems to be more than superficial. Because of his home life, he is the only one who is really going to recognize the worth and quality of Rory as a human being, The One who looks deep enough to see her as she really is. No superficial girl is going to work for Tyler because he won’t have patience for that- his life is too real for him to fall for the girl who freaks out if she breaks a nail. I grew up in a neighborhood like Tyler’s. Parents in jail, drugs, violence. I was at a friend’s house when her father threw her against the wall and was choking her because she hadn’t asked permission for us to come over after school, and stuff like that happened all the time. Dysfunction seemed to be acceptable, and to me, that’s not okay. I wanted to give a little bit of a voice to kids who grew up in that sort of environment.
Erin McCarthy is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 40 novels and novellas in the paranormal, contemporary romance, and young adult genres. The author is a RITA award finalist and an American Library Association winner of the Reluctant Young Reader award. She lives with her family in Ohio.
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I absolutely adore reading Erin’s thoughts especially about Rory and Tyler and whey they both fit so perfectly together! I can only encourage you some more to pick this book up!