True Story by Kate Reed Petty

A book that will stay with you long after reading and unlike anything I’ve read before! 

True Story by Kate Reed Petty
400 Pages
Out Now

After a college party, two boys drive a girl home: drunk and passed out in the back seat. Rumours spread about what they did to her, but later they’ll tell the police a different version of events. Alice will never remember what truly happened. Her fracture runs deep, hidden beneath cleverness and wry humour. Nick – a sensitive, misguided boy who stood by – will never forget.

That’s just the beginning of this extraordinary journey into memory, fear and self-portrayal. Through university applications, a terrifying abusive relationship, a fateful reckoning with addiction and a final mind-bending twist, Alice and Nick will take on different roles to each other – some real, some invented – until finally, brought face to face once again, the secret of that night is revealed.

4 / 5

I’m not sure where to even begin with reviewing this book. It is unlike anything I’ve read before and has completely blown my mind, to the point that I’m still (days later) trying to piece it all together and understand exactly what just happened.

It’s broken down into five parts, rather than chapters, each part detailing a different time in the story. Be warned it’s not written like a normal story as it is mixed with screenplays, emails and transcripts. This may not be for everyone, but I really enjoyed the change in writing style. Sometimes trying to explain everything as a written story can become a little boring, but by doing it this way I was completely hooked. Every time it switched styles it was refreshing and definitely had me whizzing through it in no time.

The main story follows Alice and Nick and how they deal with life after what happened to her. During one section, which follows Nick in the woods, my mind was all over the place as he saw things in the woods and sentences would just stop mid sentence with no full stop. However I think this was done to help the reader really get into the mind of Nick, as by reading it you could tell he was struggling and his mind was all over the place too.

The ending was amazing and I did not see it coming at all. It turned everything on its head and will have you questioning everything you’ve just read.

Overall I don’t want to say much more, other than just go and read it!

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