The Truth About Aaron - Jonathan Hernández

The Truth About Aaron

By Jonathan Hernández

  • Release Date: 2018-10-30
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 127 Ratings


The unvarnished true story of the tragic life and death of Aaron Hernandez, the college All-American and New England Patriots star convicted of murder, told by one of the few people who knew him best, his brother.

To football fans, Aaron Hernandez was a superstar in the making. A standout at the University of Florida, he helped the Gators win the national title in 2008. Drafted by the New England Patriots, in his second full season with the team he and fellow Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski set records for touchdowns and yardage, and with Tom Brady, led New England to Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. But Aaron’s NFL career ended as quickly as it began. On June 26, 2013, he was arrested at his North Attleboro home, charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, and released by the Patriots. Convicted of first-degree murder, Aaron was sentenced to life in prison without parole. On May 15, 2014, while on trial for Lloyd's murder, Aaron was indicted for two more murders. Five days after being acquitted for those double murders, he committed suicide in his jail cell. Aaron Hernandez was twenty-seven years old.

In this clear-eyed, emotionally devastating biography—a family memoir combining football and true crime—Jonathan (formerly known by his nickname DJ) Hernandez speaks out fully for the first time about the brother he knew. Jonathan draws on his own recollections as well as thousands of pages of prison letters and other sources to give us a full portrait of a star athlete and troubled young man who would become a murderer, and the darkness that consumed him. Jonathan does not portray Aaron as a victim; he does not lay the blame for his crimes on his illness. He speaks openly about Aaron’s talent, his sexuality, his crimes and incarceration, and the CTE that ravaged him—scientists found that upon his death, Aaron had the brain of a sixty-seven-year old suffering from the same condition. Filled with headline-making revelations, The Truth About Aaron is a shocking and moving account of promise, tragedy, and loss—of one man’s descent into rage and violence, as told by the person who knew him more closely than anyone else.


  • Captivating Story from beginning to end

    By ChimeInn
    This memoir depicts the tragedy the entire Hernandez family lived. Story is moving and meaningful. If anyone assumes Aaron’s demise was due to bad life choices, please read before judging him. He was a human being who as a little boy never fully healed from his abusers. I have more compassion for Aaron, Johnathan, and Terri as a result of this story.
  • Excellent

    By Tootie Mae
    Wonderful and sad book!
  • My Favorite Book of 2018

    By crisperks93
    Raw, emotional, & honest! This is the Aaron Hernandez Story I’ve been waiting to hear.
  • A Must Read!!

    By Redottie
    Such a great book!!
  • Tell Your Own Truth

    By Rashi Ty
    The cousin who’s helping Aaron navigate a critically challenging portion of his life has her husband stolen by Aaron’s mother. Jonathan essentiall declares, “I am not my brother’s keeper” when offered a dream job coaching, at a top football school, a paid opportunity to help save his brother. In the end, the father who savagely beat his wife in front of his kids and forced Aaron into a decreased quality of life is honored as the standard of fatherhood. A sobering warning and a terrifying example of how our family, which should be our safest refuge, can be our greatest sabotage. Tell your own truth, not someone else’s.
  • Awesome

    By Randi0220
    First off Johnathan;prayers to you and your family. I was a fan of Aaron and followed him from football until now. I knew there was more to his story and I just wanted to than you for sharing. I read all these chapters in one day! The book was very interesting to read. As you described everything I felt I was there during every moment. May God give you and your family the strength to continue on your Earthly journey until you meet Aaron again . God Bless you!
  • Must read for Aaron Hernandez fans

    By NoriBelle
    Shed light on a lot of questions I had just being a longtime fan of his.He said he wanted his story told honestly and his brother did it beautifully.I hope his family can find peace after all the tragedy!