Everything but the Truth: Gillian McAllister
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I really loved all the characters in this book. I took all of them into my heart and wanted the best for each and everyone of them. Where at times I found myself confused by what had happened in the past and all the secrets that people were hiding. I never ended up hating anyone. Which in itself is fascinating to me and opens up lots of questions like what is the difference between good and right? Is there a difference? Can the two coincide along Side each other? This was not to much a thriller as a meditation on consequences. Not that much even happens, but I was never bored. The characters were multi-dimensional and intriguing and I look forward to McAllister's next book!
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I share a name, a complicated version of grief and a proclivity towards paranoia with the narrator, so the book really affected me at times. There is a line about 'your perfect thing forever being stained' which made me want to cry, I’m sure it’s a feeling we can all identify with. If only she wasn’t pretending to be somebody else. Holly Mathew mom is hired to work in a retirement home. They just move in,which mean Holly neighbors are very old people and very rich. It's not the best place to live, but it is not a total bust either, because gorgeous, and hot hollywood star Malik Buchannan is the grandson of one of the richest man, Charles Buchannan living in the retirement home. When they first met, Malik think Holly is there to visit her super rich family members.which she does not not correct him, she assume that the spark between them will never become something,But Malik fall for her thinking she is Lucy a nice rich girl who is just like him.because she is afraid Malik will not accept the real her,she lie to keep the spark between them.What will happen to Malik when he found out she been lying to him . Everything but the truth is a novel by Mandy Hubbard.Something about the way she writes, the way she explains things. Something about the details, just enough, nothing wasted. Her writing is also so... human. No character is 100% good or 100% bad. Throughout the book, I actually didn't like the drama with Holly's best friend, who has been distant and unavailable, but the resolution of that was one of the highlights of the book.
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While Holly's inadvertent lies to Malik are definitely questionable, Hubbard does a great job of getting inside Holly's head, to show us just why Holly feels like she can't come clean with the truth yet. Life hasn't been solid for Holly up until this point, and at some level, Holly is still struggling - whether she realizes or not - with the idea that things may not last. Consequently, her decision to hide the truth about her identity makes perfect sense, and readers will understand this too.There were times I felt like I was actually standing in Oban's harbour smelling the fish and chips and then standing in Newcastle's city centre looking at the Monument, so well had the author captured and portrayed these places I know so well. I love when you can truly relate to places in books, it makes it so much more realistic. The main conflict is that Malik thinks Holly is the granddaughter of one of the rich residents of the retirement home. She perpetuates this lie because she's worried at first that Malik is shallow and won't like her if she isn't rich. Then, when she realizes that isn't true, she's afraid to tell him because he doesn't like it when people use him for his wealth and fame - which she isn't at all. But she knows he'll break up with her for telling a lie. Their relationship isn't really built on a lie; he knows a lot about Holly's true self. I think this plot resolved pretty nicely.
Everything But the Truth (1956) - IMDb
It's a small thing, but it hasn't been that long since the debate on whitewashing in YA, so I absolutely appreciate this step forward. Thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Everything but the Truth (1956) - Jerry Hopper | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie".
When wealthy playboy Malik assumes Holly is another rich relative visiting family in the fancy retirement home her mother manages, she doesn't correct him. Things between them were never going to get serious - they come from different worlds and in just a few months Holly is leaving for college. But when flirting leads to one date and then another, Holly finds it harder and harder to tell Malik the truth. He's been hurt by others who have lied to him to get close. How can Holly come clean and without losing her new relationship?