The Truth About Aaron - Jonathan Hernández

The Truth About Aaron

By Jonathan Hernández

  • Release Date: 2018-10-30
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 282 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.


  • Great read!

    By Kathleen921
    Really enjoyed reading this book. Very well written. You can definitely feel all of the emotions and the connections and bond they shared as brothers.
  • 4.5/5

    By Bballinjay11
    Very good book, in depth life story through the eyes of his brother, DJ Hernandez. This was more of a personal read about Aaron’s life through his DJ, rather than Arron’s life story. Still great material, great read. The Jose Baez, “Unnecessary Roughness” was a great read that went into depth about Aaron’s case, the details that surrounded the circumstances in the case and his life Unnecessary Roughness is a slightly better book but this book is just behind it. Still great and highly recommend it!
  • Read this book!!

    By pinkABT
    Best book I’ve ever read by far! This book shows who Aaron actually was, he was a bright soul, an amazing football player, a loving person. I wanted to know exactly who he was and what happened and this book gave me all of my answers. Thank you D.J. Rest In Peace Aaron!
  • WOW!

    By xocalei
    I’ve never read a book faster in my life! Never put it down from the min I started reading it. So so so sad all of it.
  • Very well written

    By Lettmariee
    This book was excellent. My heart went out to DJ. I just wished there was more involvement with Avielle. It would have eased some hurt and the book doesn’t explain why there wasn’t more time with her :(
  • The best thing that has been written. Purchase this book.

    By klramz
    Aaron’s Brother did an amazing job detailing his personal life and struggles. I think this is absolutely a must read. I could read this over and over.
  • The Truth About Aaron

    By YvonneGJ
    I loved the book. I thought it would have been hard to understand but it was very moving.
  • 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.