Publisher's synopsis: 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.
My take: This is yet another one of those "tragic" romances in the emerging genre of New Adult, but it's better than others I've read. With a storyline that's a cross between "Beautiful Disaster" and "Easy," but with writing more like "Crash," "True" is a good read for any fan of that genre. Fast-paced and funny, there's plenty of angst and drama to keep YA fans reading, and romance to keep the older readers interested.
The main character, Rory, is what made the book. She is refreshing compared with the typical damaged, willing-do-to-anything-to-get-the-guy, cookie-cutter female lead this genre produces. She tells it how it is, and as a result is a bit socially awkward. It was a very nice change of pace.
Despite the stereotypical setup this genre has, (good girl falls for bad boy, but bad boy isn't good enough for good girl), it is set apart from the crowd. The writing was detailed and kept me interested, the characters more fleshed out. But there was a lack of depth to the "threat" that faces Rory and Tyler's relationship. I would have liked to have seen that played up.
My rating: For this genre, I'd give it a solid 4.5/5. Compared to the other books I've read of all genres, I'd rate it more of a 3.75/5 - still pretty strong. Content-wise, this is a definite R for sex and some language.