Nothing But the Truth by Holly James

Title:  Nothing But the Truth 
Author: Holly Jamess 
Publisher: Penguin Group Dutton
Genre:  Women's Fiction
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 303
Date of US Publication:  12 July, 2022
My Rating:  4 Stars

My Thoughts 

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.


"The balm for the soul that I needed. We women don’t need to smile more or look pretty or conform to expectations…we just need to read this, buy a copy for our best friends, and toast to the truth."—Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Wish You Were Here

In this sparkling, page-turning debut, Lucy Green learns that when you make a wish, you don't always get what you want…but you might just get exactly what you need.

It’s the eve of Hollywood publicist Lucy Green’s thirtieth birthday, a day she hopes will bring the promotion she deserves and a proposal from her boyfriend. But he stands her up for a date, not for the first time, leaving Lucy alone at the bar—or at least, alone with the handsome bartender on the other side of the counter—so she makes a rueful wish over her cocktail for a perfect birthday. But when Lucy’s wish is granted in the most unexpected way, things go terribly awry, as things often do when wishes come true….
When Lucy wakes up on her big day, she can’t seem to force herself to go through her rigorous fitness and beauty routines—things she usually tells herself she likes. She has no desire to eat only a spoonful of yogurt for breakfast and she simply can’t bear to put on the uncomfortable shapewear needed for the power outfit she had planned for work. 
Then Lucy arrives at the office, and she realizes that not only can she no longer lie to herself, she can’t lie to anyone else, either. Not her clients, not her boyfriend, not her creep of a boss. Now that she can’t hide how she feels, Lucy must confront all the injustices—small and large—she’s faced on a daily basis at work, in her relationship, and in every other aspect of her life...and the truth is going to come out in a big way.
This sharp, bighearted, and magical novel tackles all the lies women are encouraged to tell just to get by in today’s world—in life, in love, and in the workplace—and the liberation that can come from telling nothing but the truth.


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