Book Review

Book review for The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

By: Ela Kulkarni 

I recently read this book called The Honest Truth. I really enjoyed the book, and captured the essence of it too. It’s a book that makes you think about things in a different way, mainly from the main character’s point of view. It may be a children’s book, but it has great descriptions of the scenery, of the character’s feelings or thoughts, and has a good storyline. My favorite part of the book is definitely the end, it  is an amazing ending. There is one specific paragraph in the last chapter which I thought was just beautiful —

“‘Was I close?’ he asked. ‘To the top, I mean? I wanted to climb it. To reach the top. Did I get close?’ Jessie swallowed and squeezed Mark’s hand in her own. ‘Yeah,’ she’d answered, after a few breathless moments. ‘Yeah, you got close.’ There’s more than one kind of truth. There’s the truth that you can measure, the truth on maps and charts and in books of facts. And maybe in that kind of truth, Mark didn’t reach the top. Maybe he didn’t even come close. Maybe in that kind of truth he got lost and wandered off the trail and didn’t come anywhere close to the top of anything. But in the other kind of truth, the kind of truth you feel in a deeper place, in that kind of truth the maps don’t matter. In that kind of truth the skinny, bald kid with the disease eating away at him and the little brown dog with one brown eye and one green eye made it farther than they ever should have. They made it farther than minds and maps could measure, but not farther than hearts could imagine. In that kind of truth, Mark totally made it. He made it to the top of every mountain.”

Most of you probably don’t know who Mark or Jessie are, but that doesn’t matter, the meaning of this paragraph showed me a whole different perspective of “truth”.

I encourage you all to read this book and tell me what you think! 🙂



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