A heartfelt review of This Much Is True. #loveit!
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D.C. Bourone’s incredible writing continues to dominate my mind long after I’ve finished this unfinished novel. Please take note that Bourone warns readers that this novel will probably never be finished so at the very beginning the writer asks you to take a chance and invest your time. It is well worth the dive into the deep recesses of your mind if only to experience Bourone’s literary style. I haven’t come across a writer like this in a long time. D.C. Bourone’s writing reads poetic, essentially lyrical.
Here’s one of my favorite passages from the novel:
“Men are a fire that burns even in the absence of fuel,” the Life Coach had intoned. “And boys? Boys are men, unhampered by conscience, fevered by optimism, enchanted with risk, insensible to any pain as long as it is yours. They will demolish you, consume you, step across the smoldering corpse of your dreams without tear or apology. Men. Boys. Make no distinction. You are warned.”
And this one…
“Evolution cares nothing for your happiness,” the Coach continued. “Evolution designed you to bond with the male in a way he will never bond with you, to weld your heart to his in dreams if not reality, because without him you would starve, freeze, be devoured. Because without him your line would be extinguished. Forever. Evolution made you a slave, a slave to love, a slave whose only refuge was the fantasy of love and love returned. Today evolution as a force of nature is dead. If someday you choose to procreate, there are ways far more graceful than those requiring a man. If someday you find the need for a man, a particular man, has clouded your mind, interfered with your happiness, corrupted that which you have chosen for yourself, you will…?
“Remember Simone,” the girls replied.
This story is chilling and mind-blowing on so many levels and Bourone’s delivery is pitch perfect. A reader may not want to see this future and most likely fail to understand it, but Bourone lays it out there with such fascinating detail it feels like truth and appears to be real. Wet or Dry. I’ll read it again and again and wistfully hope for more from this talented writer, D.C. Bourone.
A must read, just for the amazing writing alone. D.C. Bourone has a story to tell and we should all listen.
Katherine Owen’s long-awaited, fourth novel, This Much Is True, has just been released!!!
Fate brings them together
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 escape the whisperings about her tragic loss 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.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
LOVED IT!!!!!! I just finished reading The Sea of Tranquility for the second time. I have more to say, but I have to think about how to give my review the justice this book so deserves. Wow!!!
Finally wrote a review…
I LOVED this book. It’s so good that it’s staggering and almost makes it impossible for me to write myself. Almost.
My favorite line are these: “Daylight won’t protect you from anything. Bad things happen all the time; they don’t wait until after dinner.”
A powerful line indeed because it is the epitome of the story and where she is coming from so clearly.
And then, there is this one (a stunner line if there ever was one):
“I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I’m pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.”
Nastya is shattered in what would seem permanent ways; and then there’s Josh Bennett, who painstakingly seems to put her back together piece by piece. I also think Drew and Tierney do the same for her in different ways. I LOVED this book!!!!
I am a writer. I have a huge crush on Gillian Flynn because of Gone Girl and now Katja Millay because her writing and character development is at the perfection level like Flynn’s in a different way.
I’ve read enough New Adult or Mature Young Adult or whatever “they” want to call it these days to unequivocally state that The Sea of Tranquility outstrips them all. This book is so well written from its believable dialog to the exceptional first person point of view to pacing to plot development to story line that it could serve as a study guide for how good writing is done by any writer who desires to improve their own work by learning from Katja Millay.
As for readers, this book is a must-read because it’s incredible and captivating and the story will stay with you long after you’ve read the last page.
I LOVED it!!!