The True Diary of That Girl by J S Cooper

February 13, 2015 Book Review 0 ★★★★★

The True Diary of That Girl by J S Cooperfive-stars
The True Diary of That Girl Published by Self-published on July 29, 2014
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 160
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Sex. Lies. Romance. Love. My life has it all. I do what I want, when I want and no one can stop me. This isn't a story of how I found my prince. Or my how my prince found me.

I'm that girl that everyone wants to hate, but they don't know my story. This is my chance to let everyone know the real me. The shocks in my life. The highs in my life. The lows in my life.

I had a lover and a friends with benefits when I met the man I thought was 'The One'. Only thing is he had a bigger secret than I did. I sure didn't see that coming. And neither will you. This is the story of my messed up life. This isn't the story that will make you believe in love again or maybe it will. Who knows?

Don't say you weren't warned. This is the true diary of that girl and I'm here to tell you that you might not be ready for my story.

This book is recommended for readers 18 and up due to mature situations and language.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

By LilyWOW…
I had no idea that at the beginning of this story that I would become so drawn into it. As so many have said it felt wrong to say you enjoyed it.  The details are in your face. There’s no waxing lyrical over the fact the she is what she is. What you discover early on is that this is the story of a woman hell bent on a path of self-destruction, taking willing players down with her along the way. She is the other woman.  Her interactions are vividly shared through her candid excerpts and retelling of memoirs journaling the very busy life she leads. The drama was akin to a soap opera of epic proportions. It’s a challenge to keep up with how all the characters fit together. If the number of married men you sleep with was an Olympic sport, she’d definitely be a medal contender.

The True Diary of That Girl is, as you would assume, written from Saskia’s POV. It allows not only her personal thoughts and perceptions but the rationale she has for her chosen lifestyle.  Her morals could be called into question but then again no one is forced to take her up on her offers, so the morals of her co-offenders are no better or worse than hers. Her life is an open book (well mostly) and never does she try to hide the person she is.

  “You’re too much. You know that, right?”

Saskia likes to try and keep all her interactions devoid of attachment.  They are all arrangements that suit the moment. She makes sure that the boundaries are clear.  Trying to keep a relationship clean which has sordid origins is bound to end up messy.  There’ll always be one person who somehow misses the point, no matter how much they believe they can handle it. With a relationship that is virtually devoid of commitment, it’s unlikely to be neither solid nor bound to last. And when the inevitable battle to move forward comes from one person in the relationship, Saskia remedies the situation swiftly. It ends. Well, most of the time…

In my opinion, there was a level of connection achieved through the recounting of diary entries covering both the past and present. The incidents that drove Saskia to be the person that she was, led me to develop a level of empathy and sadness for the reasons that led her to her chosen lifestyle of promiscuity. This is far from a fluffy read, as you would guess, there’s lots of steamy action between the covers.  For me, though, it was more about the layers that were being revealed for each of the characters and that will have me reaching for the prequel The True Diary of That Guy.

With such a full diary, this was a book that had me wanting to utilise a picture board with lines connecting characters and events to each other. The end effect would be similar to string art!

Update: Audio Book Review
June 2, 2016

Narrated by Rebecca Roberts 

Listening to the introduction to the True Diary of That Girl threw me more than when I read it. The stark calibre of the content in isolation made it awkward but it’s not long before Dominic makes his presence known and then I found the story a lot more palatable. What you need to keep in mind, is the story is told as Saskia’s memoirs which heightened the emotions being shared.

My general rule for listening to an audio book is only choosing books I have already read. Having already reviewed this book, this review will feature mainly on my listening experience. I need to congratulate Rebecca Roberts for her portrayal of male and female roles. It was similar to the silent voice that I use when I’m reading. It amuses me to try and work out what I am looking for in a narrator and I am starting to realise it has more to do with their tone rather than an accent. Being an Australian reader, listening to distinctive accents and pronunciations that differ from what I am used to tends to distract me. Rebecca’s accent didn’t factor into my listening experience, which is an aspect that impressed me. The narrator can make or break an audio book for me, so finding someone that brings a book to life is exciting and I will be looking out for more of her work.

The downside of listening to books you’re familiar with is the element of suspense is dulled somewhat. The adaptation provides an insight via the diction and emphasis the narrator uses. This can challenge the initial interpretation of the story based on the written word alone. There are some aspects of writing that are entertaining to read but are cringe worthy to listen to. My big bug bear is listening to text messages being read out. It just doesn’t work for me at all. I don’t know how you get around that in an audio book, but announcing who was messaging would be a suggestion to ease my frustration. Hearing ‘Dominic’ on repeat for the sake of a long string of messages that contained minimal words was tedious. Fortunately, the messaging in this story was limited to an isolated section towards the beginning of the story.

This book doesn’t hold back on details and listening to the details of Saskia’s sexcapades was more confronting than when I read it. I hoped and prayed that the volume on my phone was not loud enough to be heard by others as I spent a lot of time listening to this book while commuting. No amount of explanation would have saved me if I was forced to explain any of this book should it have been broadcast unexpectedly!

Rating this story the second time, it had a more of a 4 star air to it. As I was basing it on the narration, I decided to leave my original rating as it was taking into consideration it was the suspense element that initially played a significant factor the first time I read this book.

A copy of the audio book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Lily’s Rating: 5 Stars

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