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Nothing But the Truth

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Nothing But The Truth


This book was a breeze to read through as it follows Lucy through one day for the entire story. It read almost like a short story. She is bounced around LA telling the truth, after she makes a birthday wish. 

I went in picturing a romcom but the story really centers around Lucy confronting someone who has harassed her for a long time. It wasn’t a bad story, just didn’t feel totally believable that everything could unfold and get taken care of in a single day. 

Thanks to @netgalley for this ARC.
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I was expecting this book to be a cute rom com, but it is so much more than that. The majority of the book is focused on the main character, Lucy, breaking free from a lot of societal pressures/expectations due to the fact that she physically cannot lie on her 30th birthday. 

Serious issues were covered throughout, but the main issue that Lucy tackled was the sexual harassment that she experienced from her boss for several years. The majority of the plot involved her standing up to her boss & exposing his harassment to the public. 

I was expecting this to be a light and easy read, and it was much more layered and serious than I thought it would be! The content was great, but I felt like there could have been more “rom com” aspects thrown in. 

I loved Lucy’s storyline with Adam, and I was dying for more of that. The glimpses of their whirlwind romance that we got had me craving more. The ending was satisfying in that regard, but I would have loved more of their moments together throughout the novel. 

I really liked Lucy as a main character, and she had a great support system around her. I just felt myself wanting more out of this book. I was a little bit bored in the middle. 

I would recommend this book if you don’t go into it expecting a light/easy rom com!!
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Thank you @netgalley and @penguinrandomhouse for a copy of this eARC in exchange of my honest review. 

On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, Lucy Green is once again sitting at a bar by herself after her boyfriend canceled at the last minute. So she makes a wish over the birthday cocktail that the handsome bartender had assured her would be “life changing”. When she wakes the next day not being able to tell even the simplest of lies, she panics. She’s in public relations, how is she supposed to make it through the day being able to tell nothing but the truth?

This was a super cute romantic comedy that shows the possibilities that open up once we stop not only lying to those around us, but ourselves as well. I really enjoyed the premise of this book - though I could’ve done without the over repetition of women’s beauty standards and eating expectations. It got to be a bit much by the end. Overall, this is a cute and quick read!

This one gets 3⭐️‘s from me!
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This was a fast read and will have great appeal to a certain genre of readers.  A great beach read and although not realisitic, a book that tells the story of our time, and what women have put up with for centuries.
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Don’t let the rom com cutesy cover fool you, this is a hardcore women’s empowerment book set in the #metoo time.Lucy is a fun loving FMC publicist working in a man’s world. The side characters are fun and loving, and add humor to the story! 

Women reading this book won’t be that suprised by and of the “lies” Lucy tells herself on a daily basis, but I was refreshing to seek them all said on the pages and being able to relate to them.

This book also touches a lot on toxic work place culture, specifically sexual harassment which might be a trigger for some.

I think this book falls more into Women's fiction that romance to me, and for that it hit all the marks of womens fiction! 

Thank you to NetGallery and the publisher for providing me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Lucy Green is a damn good publicist and she knows it. When her boss harasses her at work, she and another woman expose him, and it’s nuts from there. Oh and she can’t lie.

This was a quick read.I found myself turning pages quickly to stay on top of the story. Her boyfriend was a dud, her best friend Oliver was amazing, and she’s surrounded by incredible women. The hot bartender side story was just a little too unbelievable even for me.

I thought the book handled the scandal well, and gave good viewpoints on how women are perceived.

It was a good read. Thanks NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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What would you do if on the eve of your milestone birthday and a big promotion a drink you ordered at the var after being stood up by your boyfriend turned into a whirlwind 24 hours where you are unable to tell a single lie?

Lucy is a celebrity PR agent living in sunny Los Angeles leading a life worthy of an impeccable instagram feed. On the eve of her 30th birthday, with the possibility of a big work promotion and a proposal looming over her, a wish on a drink at the bar turns into the day from hell for Lucy. 

With endearing Liar, Liar vibes, LOL moments, and incredible female relatability, I was shocked to find this is a debut. I signed up to read a cutesy quick and light RomCom and got so much more than that as this book touches on topics that are important such as workplace SA, societal pressures on women, and the insufferable beauty standards women face when they want to be taken seriously both professionally and generally. 

Thoroughly enjoyed the read. The third person point of view made it tough for me to get into the story as quickly as I’d hoped but the storyline quickly allowed me to overcome that. Would recommend.
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Thank you NetGalley for supplying this eARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Lucy Green is a Jr. publicist on the eve of her 30th birthday. After being stood up by her boyfriend, she makes a wish on her drink and becomes unable to lie for 24 hours.

A whirlwind day ensues from office scandals to lunch meetings all before her birthday party that evening. 

It was such a cute read, I was able to read it in one sitting. It totally gave me 90s sitcom vibes, and I enjoyed it!

I’ll look forward to Holly’s next book.
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This was a relatable book as a woman and I liked how the plot became about the MC not being able to lie which can be good or bad but ending up being empowering. It definitely was cliche and cheesy in some parts but still enjoyable.

Recommended but just ok for me.

Thanks to Netgalley, Holly James and Penguin Group Dutton for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Available: 7/12/22
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Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. 
Well, this book was an absolute gem and I adored it!  Lucy Green is a character you instantly fall in love with, the moment she turns in her martini for the fun-purple-21st-birthday-esque concoction the hot bartender makes for her.  The next day is in fact her 30th birthday and although nothing goes as expected, it ends up being her perfect day.  While much of what happens on this day leans towards the unbelieveable (isn't that what fiction is for?), Lucy's no f's left to give attitude is refreshing and endearing.  While i'd have liked to see more from this one (it was on the short side and a quick read), I was left feeling like this one was a perfectly packaged gift, complete with a bow!
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Thank you Netgally for the ARC!

I did enjoy this book. It started out pretty strong for me and I love a badass leading female. 

I found myself skimming midday way through but I will say it hit home and became a really relatable story. I love a good happy ending so I was really excited for that!
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Nothing But the Truth by Holly James is so much more than a rom com. Readers of that genre will enjoy this book, but this book has serious underlying themes that are so important. This really surprised me but I loved the way the author crafted this novel to tell her important messages. This book is a wonderful novel overall and I recommend it highly. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.
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Lucy Green loves her job as a celebrity PR agent but it requires a certain level of finesse and charm. When she wakes on her birthday literally unable to tell a lie, she finds it challenging to say the least.

I loved the concept of this one! I love a hint of magic in a contemporary world. I felt it could of had more humor to it, but it went a more a serious route, which totally worked. The me-too aspect made it pretty realistic, with a hint into the world of elite public relations. Despite the deep content, the story flew by and was a quick and entertaining read.

“What would happen to her career if she had to tell every celebrity she worked for just how big the messes they made were and that everything was in fact not fine.”

Nothing But the Truth comes out 7/12.
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CONTENT WARNING: sexual harassment, racism, mild violence

I have to admit that I’m stunned that this is a debut novel, because it’s off the charts good. I was invested from early on, and found myself cheering throughout the novel. Before I had finished the third chapter, I already messaged a few of my friends and told them that they needed to add this one to their TBR lists, because it was already that good, and now that I’ve finished it, I’m telling all of you that this book seriously needs to be on your TBR if it isn’t already.

This book is basically a cross between Liar, Liar (yes, the Jim Carrey movie) and f@*k the patriarchy. James has taken a long, hard look at society and the expectations it places on women, about our bodies and what we are taught to want from a very young age, and questions all of it. 

“She realized she couldn’t blame them for their concern because, like her, they had been trained from a very young age to equate a woman’s appearance with her competence, intelligence, kindness, status—her value as a person.”

Lucy goes out for drinks the night before her birthday. Her boyfriend is supposed to meet her, but as usual, he cancels. She makes a wish for her birthday to be perfect, and when she wakes up, she discovers that she can’t lie. Which … should be a bad thing, but she works as a publicist. So her entire job boils down to her capacity to lie. She has to be able to lie to her clients and tell them everything is okay. She has to lie to the world and put on a face that isn’t hers. So when she can’t force herself to go to spin class, shove her body into uncomfortable shapewear to fit into the clothes she normally wears to work, and choke down a minuscule amount of yogurt with three blueberries and say she enjoys it, that might be a tiny problem.

“Did she really need to punish her body into a mold that wasn’t its natural state, that honestly hurt sometimes, and that she had to fight tooth and nail to maintain mainly for aesthetics?”

Instead, she decides to be her authentic self. Starting with small things, and moving on to larger stuff. I loved seeing her buck societal norms in favor of authenticity and comfort. Did she go to work in pajamas with her hair in a pineapple? No, but she did wind up wearing something comfortable and appropriate, while wearing the amount of makeup that felt most authentic and right for her. I loved seeing it. My social media feed is full of people who spend enormous amounts of time putting on more makeup in a day that I use in a full year, and I usually find myself thinking … where do they find the time to do this? Why spend all this energy making yourself look like a different person?

“She enjoyed things like pretty clothes and wearing makeup; she wouldn’t advocate against either as long as it was a choice. But where was the line between what she wanted for herself and what society pressured her to have, whether it was beauty standards, a relationship status, or something as life-altering as children? Somewhere, somehow, those expectations seeped into her brain like fact, and she lost track of where they ended and she began.”

Society often tells us that is isn’t okay to be who we are, look the way we do naturally, and want what we want if it is different than what we’re told we should want. Not everyone wants kids, or a marriage, and that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with that. And there’s nothing wrong with wanting to get married and have kids. But the problem lies in being told what we *should* want. And there’s even more of a problem with there being a timeline for it. Women are under immense pressure to follow societal expectations, and not just surrounding marriage and kids, but also how we behave. Women who speak up are “bossy,” “loud,” and “overbearing,” while men who do so are “ambitious,” “motivated,” and “driven.” This book discusses that, and the double standard that exists in the workplace. The advantages that are given to men just by way of their gender, while women have to work twice as hard just to get half the recognition. 

“Maybe there was no rush to get married, get a dog, pop out kids, buy a house, and live happily ever after. Ever after. What about living in the moment? Why was she making herself believe lies about the future that forced her to live her life on daily terms that didn’t make her happy?”

I absolutely fell in love with this book. The story, the characters, and the message were all conveyed in such a beautiful and relatable way. While there is a romantic subplot, it wasn’t overpowering, and definitely didn’t overshadow the main storyline, which is one of the most feminist stories that I’ve read. If there’s one “chick lit” book that you read this year, let this one be it.
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This debut novelist’s  feminist take on Jim Carrey’s Liar Liar is a very fun and thought-provoking novel. 

Never mind the cover, this one isn’t a cute romance. It’s about the constant demands that society demands and expects from women of all ages, the lies women believe after a lifetime of having them hammered into us, the harassment and violence that men have committed against women since the goddamn dawn of time. Along with some magic, romance, and ultimate truths. 

As Lucy’s day goes on, unable to lie, unable to feed into after some serious apprehension and shit, she eases into this new identity of not being able to lie, I loved Lucy’s transformation, and I loved the women supporting each other aspect of this story. 

As an almost 50 year old woman who has seen shit, been through it, I particularly love reading good and enjoyable feminist fiction since I’m already irate at the patriarchy. I adored this and can say this one is definitely worth reading. 

eARC kindly provided by Penguin Group Dutton and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.
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Lucy Green is about to turn 30 and is stood up by her boyfriend. This sets off a chain of events that leads to a "Liar Liar" type situation where, on her birthday, Lucy cannot tell a lie. The effects that this has on her personal and private life creates chaos and she finds herself realizing just how many lies she tells herself and others throughout the day. What follows is a story of unapologetic women empowerment, standing up to a inappropriate boss, and confronting injustices large and small.

I was initially REALLY worried I was going to hate this book. I honestly was dreading picking it up because I had pretty high expectations and have been let down by "chick lit" before. But I am pleased to say I really wasn't disappointed! It really is incredible the number of lies we as women tell ourselves and others every day - I think the world could do with a lot more truthfulness from all of us. This had me reviewing my own life and how I participate in a culture that really just dismisses women at every turn.

I think the only thing I wish is that there was some other internal factor driving Lucy's truthfulness instead of this sort of magic "wish" that was never really explained/wasn't real. Had the motivation been more internal, I think the message would have hit even better and inspired other women to say what they actually feel. I also think some of the messages were really "hit you over the head" with where some subtlety could have been just as effective.  

The other thing I'll say is that the message feels very binary at times - men vs. women, the lies women tell ourselves, etc. While I, as a cis white woman can appreciate that and really love the message, I do think that some more exploration of that outside of the binary would have been helpful and would have made it a more relatable book for more people.

Thank you to Netgalley and Dutton Books for the eARC in exchange for a review.
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This book did't have enough depth for me. Character's were a little cheesy and cliche. I don't think I am the right audience for this book.
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I love stories about empowerment and that is something I look for in every women’s fiction genre, I read. Although, I went into Nothing But The Truth expecting a plot similar to the 90s movie Liar Liar, I was pleasantly surprised by how different the plot and the message of this book was to the movie. 

This book tells us about the day in the life of Lucy Green when she can speak nothing but the truth, not just to others, but herself. In a world where women are constantly taught to lie to be polite, or follow societal norms, or to simply to massage someone else’s ego, reading about a woman speak and act her mind and enjoy the liberation was exhilarating!  What I enjoyed the most was the message behind the book which tells women to be themselves and not blindly follow “rules” that teach you to lie to yourself of all people!
I loved Lucy’s character, but I wish we got some extra time learning about her relationship with her boyfriend (before her change) to make the impact of her change stronger. The book also discusses the topic of workplace harassment (possible trigger for some) and how women handle it on a daily basis. I wished the topic was given a bit of extra time as well. But just like how you can only do so much in one day, there’s only so much plot the author can tackle in one book. 
Overall, the book was a pleasant read with an empowering message to “live your life” instead of existing and blindly following norms like a robot. I give it a 3.8 stars rounded up to 4.
Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group for providing the eARC in exchange for my honest review.
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This was a super cute and really fun read! I loved all of the main and supporting characters - Lucy, Oliver, Nina, etc. - and found a little bit of myself and my friends in each of them, which made the whole story even more relatable. My only two qualms with the book was that I wish it was longer and more detailed about Lucy's work and relationship with Caleb to fully hit home the significance of her truthfulness (and just because I would have liked to read more about Lucy's life!!). I liked Lucy as a character so much more when she was blunt than the short chapter before. Additionally, it was a lottt of plot packed into a single day so it felt a little chaotic at times. Overall, this was very entertaining and the messaging really hit home!
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This was cute but unfortunately not very memorable for me. I might not have been it's intended audience.
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