23 June 2009 ~ 0 Comments

(Book) The Truth about Truman School by Dori Hillestad Butler

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The storyline of this book was compelling to me, I liked the way it was laid out, the characters taking turns telling their perspectives, the way the story was told, etc. Anyone who’s been around the internet for a while or is around teenagers knows that cyberbullies are a real problem, as much as regular old schoolyard bullies were in us old folk’s day. For that reason, I think this is a good book. It did keep my interest in a weird ‘which high schooler dunnit’ kind of a way.

However, the author really does try too hard. The conversations didn’t flow well, the writing felt stilted at times, like – well, like an adult trying to be a kid. Some places felt too grown up, while others felt too child-like. The author never really hits the groove of the teenage voice, I didn’t feel. I wonder what this book would have looked like had a teenager edited it…

Having said all of that, this is a book I would consider giving to teens, perhaps they could learn the lesson this book conveys. Although, I have to wonder if, as a teenager, I was handed a book like it if I would have just rolled my eyes and mumbled “geez, adults!”

If you have a teen, this is one to grab. It’s a quick read and the message is worthy.

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Product Description
When Zebby and Amr create the website thetruthabouttruman.com, they want it to be honest. They want it to be about the real Truman Middle School, to say things that the school newspaper would never say, and to give everyone a chance to say what they want to say, too. But given the chance, some people will say anything—anything to hurt someone else. And when rumors about one popular student escalate to cruel new levels, it’s clear the truth about Truman School is more harrowing than anyone ever imagined.

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