The Truth About Melissa – Entered in the 2018 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Lisa Mayme Corbit

The Truth About Melissa: A Soul Mate Experiment by Lisa Mayme Corbit follows Lisa as she begins her life in Seattle. Not long after relocating she meets an awkward man named Jonathan who has, unbeknownst to Lisa, been looking for someone almost just like her for the last four years. What follows is an exploration of their relationship. The Truth About Melissa: A Soul Mate Experiment is loosely based on events in the author’s life.


This book will not appeal a wide cross-section of readers, this is perhaps its biggest drawback. A nonfiction memoir about relationships is necessarily going to have a narrow readership. Though the relationship at the heart of the book is thoroughly explored, the narrative is concerned with little else. The ending of the book also leaves a bit to be desired. The resolution is murkier than some readers may like, but perhaps that is the point. Relationships can be messy, after all.


The Truth About Melissa: A Soul Mate Experiment is a well-constructed book. The narrative is clear and easy to follow. The pacing is excellent, speeding up towards the end at just the right time. The characters, though often frustrating, are well-developed and realistic. It is easy to picture real people living these experiences. This book will appeal to readers who enjoy memoirs and relationship narratives. The Truth About Melissa: A Soul Mate Experiment by Lisa Mayme Corbit will force readers to confront their own ideas about relationships and to question the nature of marriage in modern American society.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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