True Story by Kate Reed Petty (Book Review)

I had heard True Story by Kate Reed Petty was genre-bending and surprising, so of course I had to get my hands on it.

It’s tough to explain the premise, because this story is kind of fluid, dipping between different points of view and formats and moments in time. But to give you the gist: it’s about an alleged assault that occurs at a high school party, and how its effects ripple into the future.

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Book review: True Story by Kate Reed Petty

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True Story by Kate Reed Petty: My Thoughts

Every once in a while, a story comes along that’s unique, gripping, and and mind-blowing all at once. That’s how True Story by Kate Reed Petty was for me.

When I sat down and started reading, I immediately wanted to keep reading…and keep reading. I was blown away by this genre-bending debut novel. It’s the kind of book that’s nearly impossible to explain exactly what it’s about. It’s also the kind of book that ends up being so GOOD that you want to shove a copy into everybody’s hands.

It was engrossing, written in different formats – including film scripts, transcripts, and more – and swapping between different genres. (I know, that sounds like it might be distracting, but I didn’t feel like it was at all!). It was such a unique way to tell a story. The narrative, the writing, the characters…absolutely brilliant. Highly recommended!

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars

Publication date: August 4th, 2020

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