Book Review: The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
Mark and his dog Beau take off on an adventure as Mark comes to terms with his sickness. Tired of hospitals and treatments, Mark runs away to complete one final task with the help of his trusty sidekick.
Told in alternating points of view between Mark and his best friend Jessie, this book is a beautiful tribute to friendship and the perseverance of the heart. Some great wordsmithing without getting too lofty, and sure to appeal to middle grade students. I love how Mark talks about how his poetry helps him view the world.
Quote on crying:
“Sometimes crying is easier when someone is crying with you. But sometimes that only makes it worse.”
Quote on writing
So there was a beautiful quote on writing, but my camera cut off part of it (operator error) and I don’t want to misquote. In the middle I love this part: “An idea came, slow and shy.” What a great look at how ideas form!
Recommended Grades: 5-8
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Overall Opinion: Recommend