Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies) is a hilarious and fun read that isn't afraid to delve into some of the tougher subjects, like bullying, racism, and long-buried family issues. The book is just a tad slow at first as Patty resists going to math camp, but once she gives in and goes, her story definitely picks up as many of her misconceptions are proven wrong and she finally loosens up and has fun. She hits her stride, makes new friends, and slowly begins to embrace who she is. But before long, Patty's mother bursts onto the scene and causes her to take a good, hard look at her family life and uncover secrets from the past that change her perception of herself and her mother, who has always seemed like the certifiably insane villain in the past. This is an excellent and realistic book about looking past stereotypes, finding the people who truly understand you, and seeing people in a new light. Headley's clever use of language and wordplay evens out the darker parts of the story, makes the book smart and comedic, and ultimately leads Patty to a happy new beginning. Nothing But the Truth is a fantastic, important book.
Cover Comments: I adore this cover! It's so pretty and pink, and I love the model on the cover--she's exactly as I pictured Patty. The thought bubble is cute, and I think it does an excellent job at conveying just what sort of book this is to potential readers!
Review copy purchased.
I also adored Girl Overboard (read my review here) and North of Beautiful (read my review here), both also by Justina Chen Headley.