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Series: If Only... #6
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens on November 17
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Also in this series: Not in the Script, Wild Hearts
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Holly Mathews' mom is the new manager of a ritzy retirement home, and they just moved in. But having super-rich retirees as her only neighbors isn't a total bust, because the gorgeous, notorious Malik Buchannan is the grandson of a resident. Just one problem: when they meet, Malik assumes Holly is there to visit her own rich relative. She doesn't correct him, and it probably doesn't matter, because their flirtation could never turn into more than a superficial fling . . . right? But the longer she lives in his privileged world, the deeper Holly falls for Malik, and the harder it is to tell the truth . . . because coming clean might mean losing him.
For anyone who has dreamed of their own Cinderella story, this romance shows that when it comes to true love, the best person to be is yourself!
What I Thought…
I absolutely adored Everything But the Truth. It was cute and funny, which is exactly what I needed at this moment. Holly was frustrating at times – lies and more lies get you nowhere, but the reason why it all started was so sweet and kind that it was hard to get really mad at her for doing it.
Malik had his own issues, which I wish would have been dealt with a bit more, but it was dealt with enough to keep me happy. I really enjoyed his grandfather, he wasn’t quite the curmudgeon I thought he was going to turn out to be.
I think the best thing about Everything But the Truth though was how Holly and Malik were an interracial couple, but that it wasn’t the core issue of the book, in fact it wasn’t an issue at all, it was just who they were. I really appreciated that the author didn’t turn it into a “people don’t want them together because they are interracial” story.
Holly’s best friend Alex isn’t the most likable person throughout the book, but I loved how her story was woven in through Holly’s, and what could have been a terrible secondary plot worked out beautifully. (Also, I’m tired of the terrible best friend in books, so I’m glad all was well.)