Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Book 6: "Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies)"

Book 6 (of 26): Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies)
Author: Justina Chen Headley
Copyright: 2007, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

I bought this book a few years ago from Big Lots for $3. It's about a girl named Patty, a hapa (half Taiwanese and half Caucasian) struggling to find herself. She lives in a mostly white community, but gets shipped to Standford for a math summer camp, where a new world opens her eyes.

It's a funny and poignant story with a fresh voice. It's easy to resonate to Patty's struggles with self-esteem and self-identity, no matter what race a reader may be. This story has dry wit and humor, empowering scenes, and touching revelations. At times, however, some of Patty's inner dialogue and comments, no matter how funny or witty, miss the mark. They sound almost hateful, stemming from a personal experience instead of the character.

Overall, this is a good read but with parental guidance for kids younger than the high school years. It has scenes that touch teenage drinking and sexual activity. Oh yes, young kids have been exposed to these and more, but I'm just saying.


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