17332551True (True Believers #1) by Erin McCarthy
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Penguin
Source: Library
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star
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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…. – Goodreads

Review:

I have decided to continue to give New Adult a chance. I had a very in depth discussion lately about it with my Canadian brother, Jen, about how we have these major, valid issues, with the New Adult genre which is a whole other post for another day. We realized there were a lot of things in common with New Adult books and I wanted to prove to myself that it can’t be true.

This is my second official New Adult book and it’s the second one I’ve given three stars to. It seems I find the genre to be “okay.” And there is nothing wrong with that. While I was reading True, it came to my attention that I read Erin McCarthy about ten years ago before New Adult was even a thing and that may be why I’m over New Adult, I read the genre before it was a genre. And that sounds hipster-like. I understand, but it’s true. I was reading Erin McCarthy’s first romance novels which now would be classified as New Adult, but at the time, were just romance novels.

True reminded me of that time, in which all I read was romance. This was a little more angst ridden than I usually would like to read, but I found it to be fairly realistic. It’s the story of Rory, the science nerd who one day, while drunk, told her roommates that she’s a virgin. They decide if the hot boy Tyler takes her virginity her life will be better. Because that solves everything right? Wrong. For many reasons. The first is they don’t tell Rory, because why would she need to know? Second, Tyler actually cared for Rory far before they offered him 100 bucks to sleep with her. Yes. That is what her virginity is worth: $100 bucks.

What McCarthy does, though, is makes it work for the story. In a weird way, I found that part of the story to almost be one of the more realistic parts. Yes, typing that out seems backwards, I know. I know. Rory is a girl who understands black and white, science, math, things that can’t be changed. Tyler is the opposite. He’s good at literature, loves to read, wants to move away from his very broken family. Can the two be together? Tyler imagines that Rory is this perfect good girl who never got into any trouble and to a point, that’s true and he loves that about her.

Then, his druggy mother’s past comes and catches up to him and he doesn’t tell Rory the whole story. He makes the choice to save her, without talking to her about it and he breaks her heart. This thrills her father, who of course found him to not be good enough for her. Rory doesn’t care about her father, she only cares about Tyler. What Rory does find out during this break up though is that she doesn’t need Tyler. She loves Tyler, and she wants to be with him, but she will survive without him. And that was nice. It was nice to see a girl saying “I will survive without you”

While the ending tied everything together, and my book had a bonus section, it didn’t make me any more excited for the drama than my previous read in this genre.