Book Reviews · YA Romance

This Much is True (The Senator’s Son Book 2) by Anna Albo (1⭐)

(from Goodreads)

Emma has everything she wants. Good friends, family who loves her and the boyfriend of her dreams. She’s also finally rid nemesis Bianca Smythe from her life. 

But life is full of twists and turns. The first is a phone call from her mother, the one who abandoned her twenty years ago. Suddenly she wants a relationship, to patch things up with the daughter she dumped. Will Emma let her in to her now happy life? 

The second is a chance encounter with Bianca in the school library. Their conversation will plant seeds of doubt about the only man Emma’s ever loved. Could Bianca be telling the truth? And if she is, will Emma ever be able to forgive Zach? 


I really wanted to love this book as much as the previous one, but it fell short for me. The writing quality wasn’t there, and the plot was dry. I got about 60% through before I gave up on it.

Multiple times throughout the book old information was given as new. In one chapter Emma is told something, and two chapters later she’s told the same thing and she acts like it’s the first time she’s hearing it. I think that’s a lack of planning and plot-point checking on Albo’s part.

It seems like the entire book is about Emma and Zach having issues over one thing: the ominous video mentioned in the previous book. There was so much hype in the first book , I expected the video to be something truly awful. It was bad, sure, but nothing as bad as I expected, which made the characters’ reactions to it seem over-dramatic.

Zach also seemed to be dealing with issues of alcoholism, though it was again portrayed in a way that made him seem over-dramatic. Rather than feeling sympathy for Zach, I kept wishing he’d “grow up.” I’m sure that wasn’t Albo’s intention.

I really was disappointed in this sequel. I think The Senator’s Son should have included more details to wrap it up then not had a sequel. For me it wasn’t worth spending the time or money on the second book.

💙If you’re reading this review before The Senator’s Son review (here), please go check that one out. The first book was great and is definitely worth the read! 💙

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