Author: Erin McCarthy
Expected publication: May 7th 2013 by InterMix
Genre: New Adult
Source: eARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review
"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…"
First line: "Getting drunk was not in my plans for Friday night."
Thoughts I think one of the best feelings in the world is reading a book you haven't heard of, going into it with zero expectations, and absolutely falling in love with it before you've even reached the fifty page mark. That is what TRUE is for me. It's one of those rare finds that had me giggling, smiling, and sighing until the very last page.
The overall story is one I've read before. It's about the shy and smart girl who falls for the bad guy from the wrong tracks. What makes TRUE special is while Rory is a bit of an introvert, it doesn't stop her from making friends and having a life outside of her college classes. She isn't afraid to be herself. She also isn't trapped in her comfort zone and is willing to have an open mind when it comes to people different from her. Enter Tyler. Even though he's from a bad side of town and his upbringing is (to say the least) less than ideal, he's still an overall good guy. Not once does he do anything to prove otherwise. He's studying to be an EMT and basically raising his two younger brothers, one of which has down syndrome. In my opinion, there is no better hero than the one Erin McCarthy created in Tyler. He's not only admirable but realistic. Tyler could have been a druggie, he could have been a drug dealer or joined a gang or worse, but he chose to make his life better for his family. Plus, get this...he READS! Seriously, if you aren't swooning by now, there must be something wrong with you.
Though I loved both Rory and Tyler, I must admit that my favorite character in this novel is U. He's just too adorable and funny. I love how he just blurts out what he's thinking or feeling and doesn't care what people think of him. There were so many moments where I just wanted to jump into the book and give him a hug. Really, after reading the book, you'll understand where I'm coming from.
My only grievance about this novel is the cover. Rory would never wear a crop top sweater that shows off her belly. The girl is conservative, people! And why isn't Tyler wearing a band t-shirt? Just saying.
Even though the story focuses on Rory and Tyler, there's much more to it than romance. TRUE is about friendship and growing up to be the person you want to be. It's about having an open mind and standing up for those you care about. There's loyalty and passion and basically everything I love about reading. Would I recommend this book to you? Absolutely, but I do recommend it for those seventeen and up. There are some sexual situations that aren't suitable to younger readers. For adults who love the YA contemporary novels, this is the book for you. For those in college, this is the book for you. Heck, I don't care what you read or who you are, this is the book for you!