June Book Discussion: The Lies About Truth

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  • I liked the way this book dealt with grief. How Sadie was wrapped up in her own experience and didn’t really realize that Gina and Gray were going through their own stuff, too. I liked that it treated grief like the individual experience that it is.
  • I wished that Trent hadn’t turned out to be gay, simply because I loved the idea of there being a very strong male-female friendship that didn’t involve romantic feelings. But it certainly added an interesting dimension to the story, such that people are kind of unknowable, and even when we think we know them better than anyone, they can still surprise us.
  • I thought the author did a great job of capturing the before and after of the accident, even though I didn’t love the extended flashbacks. It was important for us to see how life had changed for Sadie, Max & company.
  • I liked that the adults were real characters, too, though it would have been nice for there to be a bit more of Max and Trent’s parents. I liked the relationship that Sadie had with her parents, and how supportive they were of her, while also pushing her to get better and get through the really hard time she was having.

What did you guys think? Did you enjoy this book?

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Also. I have been thinking that I want to change up the format of the discussion a little bit. I am currently planning on having a sort of podcast type thing where I will talk about the book in an audio file which I’ll post and then you guys can respond to that. It would be nice to be able to have an actual discussion with someone, though, so if anyone is interested in potentially Skyping in for a discussion or something like that, let me know!

June Book Discussion: The Lies About Truth

4 thoughts on “June Book Discussion: The Lies About Truth

  1. Carlia says:

    I didn’t get to read this selection as the timing just didn’t work out for me. However, I am excited for next months book being a graphic novel though, really looking forward to it!

    Your idea for a different discussion is great, good to change it up now and then. An audio version would be a nice change and it would be awesome to hear your voice 🙂

    I’ve also been seeing a lot of live celebrity fan talks and thought that might be a good suggestion also. An audio-ish discussion where we can post comments and questions live with you (like Facebook Live or Periscope). You could maybe post the audio on your blog afterwards as well.

    1. Yay I am glad you are excited about the graphic novel! I really am too. There are some truly incredible ones out there. 🙂

      I like the idea of the live discussion too, especially paired with the suggestion to post the audio afterwards so that some people who are maybe not as technologically adept can participate after the fact! Awesome idea.

  2. Valerie says:

    I did enjoy the book although there were times I thought it kind of missed the mark. Like Sadie’s relationship with Trent; you’re right Jess, with him being gay, it seemed to take something away from the strength of the bond that the author had built up throughout the flashbacks. I’m not sure why; I just felt that their relationship maybe wasn’t as ‘one of a kind’ as the author had portrayed it to be. She seemed to move a little too easy from the ‘love of her life’ in Gray to Max who she ultimately shared a level of grief that seemed to match her own.
    I was quite happy that Sadie and Gina cleared the air. It was heartwarming to see a friendship survive the trauma that was Trent’s death mixed with a splash of infidelity.

    Not sure what to think about a graphic novel because I have never read one before. Also, I am likely the person Jess is referring to that may not be adept technologically to pull off a different discussion format. Live and learn.

    Chow for now all and Happy Canada Day!

    1. Yes, you may be that person that I am referring to, haha, but there’s nothing wrong with that! 🙂

      I am really excited for you to read a graphic novel; some of my absolute favorite stories are graphic novels. And I get to introduce you to a new medium, which is pretty cool. 😀

      I agree that Sadie moved on really quickly from Gray to Max but as for the love of her life thing…I think a lot of 16 year olds who don’t even have the excuse of losing their best friend do that, too. “I love him so much, no one is like him, I’ve never felt this way before…” 2 weeks later: “I dumped that loser. Now I’m so into ___________.” I think that it makes even more sense for her to have moved from Gray to Max because the loss of Trent was like a huge, traumatic fracturing that made it impossible for her and Gray to stay together (even though you’d think they might be able to bond over the fact that Trent was both their best friends’.)

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