Book Review: True

Book Review: True by Erin McCarthy

A New Adult novel from USA Today bestselling author Erin McCarthy

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…

File Size: 584 KB
Publisher: InterMix (May 7, 2013)
Sold by: Penguin Publishing
Language: English
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray: Enabled
Lending: Not Enabled

A.L.'s thoughts: Smart, nerdy Rory falls for understated-intelligent, bad boy Tyler.  Who does not love this story line?  Just about all girls, at some point in their lives, want the sexy bad boy to take notice of her, and woo her (among other things).  If you want to relive your young adulthood – with a happy ending to it – read this book.

McCarthy makes the disparate lives of Rory and Tyler, along with the other prominent sub-characters, come to life on the pages.  I half expected the typical "good girl fixes bad boy and makes him good" plot; but was happily mistaken.  McCarthy provided both characters with flaws, and made it possible for them to not only 'fix' each other, but also learn to live and love within the flaws that cannot be fixed.  The break-up ripped my heart out (yes, I had tears).  The sub-plot of the brothers also greatly enhanced the story, and I fell in love with "U" and Easton.  McCarthy developed the characters so completely, including the sub-characters, it is easy to become totally invested in all of them.  An easy weekend read, that will have you begging for more.

Lori's thoughts: I just finished this one this morning. I loved this book. I like the idea of a nerdy science geek girl being tutored by the tattoo'd bad boy, in -- of all things -- Literature. Role reversal at its finest. Although once, I'd like to read about the hot, popular girl falling for the nerdy guy. I'm sure there are books out there like that, I just haven't read any recently -- if at all. Tyler is great. All the way around. I can't think of one thing I didn't like about him. He wasn't your typical bad boy. Life just dealt him a shitty hand. Sometimes, making the best of bad situations seems impossible. I fell in love with the entire TRUE-R cast. I can see sequels coming from this story. Not necessarily for Rory and Tyler, but maybe for one of Rory's friends and Tyler's brother. Cry? You bet. Worth it? OMG yes. 

Lori L. Clark

She Reads New Adult Admin: Lori L. Clark


  1. Great reviews! Now a girl falling for the nerdy guy, that would be great! Remember Can't Buy Me Love? Great 80s movie!!!

  2. I don't remember Can't Buy Me Love, but you always hear of the girl falling for the bad boy... I think it's time the bad girl falls for the nerdy boy. :)