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Estelle: True by Erin McCarthy

True by Erin McCarthy ( tweet | web ) Publication Date: 5/7/2013 Publisher: Penguin Intermix Pages: 238 Target audience: New adult (mature young adult) Keywords: virginity, family problems, college You should know: Sexual situations, drug use are involved. Format read: eBook provided by publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Rory has never had an easy time […]

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July 7, 2013 - 3:15 pm

A Pair of New Adult Reviews: A Terrible Love by Marata Eros and True by Erin McCarthy | wrapped up in books - […] You can also find a review of True by Erin McCarthy at YA Asylum and from Estelle at Rather be Reading. […]

May 16, 2013 - 7:56 am

Review: True by Erin McCarthy | Smexy Books - […] Reviews: Book Savvy Babe – 3.5/5 Rather be Reading – ‘skip it’ Dear Author – B Romance Around the Corner – 2/5 […]

May 8, 2013 - 3:18 pm

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - I do find that New Adult has more of a focus on sex, I’ve seen this one around a lot and haven’t really taken much of an interest. And by the sounds of it I’m kind of glad, I hate books where the character has friends that are like these girls. I don’t know anyone who would actually do something like that, if they were truly her friends they would respect her decision. Things like that really anger me. Thanks for the honest review!

May 7, 2013 - 6:22 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - Erm, yeah. That whole concept makes me super uncomfortable. Just like we shouldn’t shame girls for having romantic partners, neither should we shame them for being virgins. It’s not that hard to just be respectful, really. That concept is so problematic. It’s great that the chemistry between the characters was good, though—makes the story a bit more tolerable, at least. Hmm.

May 7, 2013 - 9:16 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - What the fuck did I just read? Her best friends PAID some guy to rape her? Is this real life? No. Just no. In Losing It, I got her best friend’s desire to help Bliss lose her virginity, but paying some dude to rape her? That’s not even close to the same thing. Ew. I am so enraged and I haven’t even read the damn book.

May 7, 2013 - 5:30 am

VeganYANerds - I am already over all this New Adult, they all seem to have the same plot – bad boy, nice girl, sexual assault that is not dealt with, and too much drama.

The plot of this one reminds me of Pushing the Limits which I strongly disliked, so I know I will be skipping this.

Also, the friends sound awful!

May 6, 2013 - 5:15 pm

Savannah - I haven’t heard many nice things about this book… I’ll go ahead and use your rating as the closed door on that possibility for reading material. 🙂

May 6, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Alexa Y. - I don’t think I have to elaborate on how I feel about this book. What you saw on Thursday was probably telling enough. (Seriously, though. Those references in the first chapter KILLED me.)

May 6, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Eek, I just don’t like that whole concept of the book. I agree with you — Is being a virgin really that bad? Why do her friends feel the need to meddle? That’s not cool. And paying him to sleep with her? Isn’t that some form of prostitution? Yikes. Yeah, I think I will pass on this one! Doesn’t sound like my type of book.

May 6, 2013 - 10:31 am

daphne - i am a big fan of Erin McCarthy’s adult books, but i’m very wary of any New Adult books because they generally feature some kind of sexual assult, from what i understand and I want to be entertained and rape doesn’t entertain me. but i do have this from netgalley and intend to read it, but i’ll try to keep an open mind.

May 6, 2013 - 10:18 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I’m so interested in this one even though it sounds like it may be part of the NA trend that is overshadowing the rest of the good NA stuff. I hate that it didn’t work out for you but it just makes me want to push things aside so I can check it out for myself. I swear, there are great NA books out there! Don’t give up on the genre altogether – that doggone hype and buzz about the same cookie-cutter books (that I don’t always mind when done *well*) are just making it hard for people to see the other stuff that doesn’t fit that mold.

An example: Fight or Flight by Jamie Canosa – I’m covering this one on the blog in a few days. Issues-driven contemp, no blushing involved. Great contemp. Love your honest thoughts, as always.