The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg

The Porcupine of Truth - Bill Konigsberg

I've always wanted to read this book. I knew its contents were about LGBTQIA+ characters so I really wanted to read this book and support it. So when I saw it at the library, I grabbed it. I will not lie... this book is quite frustrating to get through. The talk of religion and its hypocrisy and the actions of some of the characters really got on my nerves. The main character, Carson, made a lot of comments towards his best friend, Aisha, that if she ever "decides" she wants to be straight, he's there for her. Now I understand it's mostly a joke said between friends, I do, but it doesn't change the fact it bothers me. Sexuality just doesn't work that way and the fact that Carson said it more than once really irritated me.


I did end up liking the end of the story which is why I didn't hate the book. The ending really saved it for me. I like how it all turned out and the message about all people having their flaws is a good lesson to be reminded of, however, I am not sure if it's worth reading through the entire book just to get that ending. The writing was nothing spectacular either.


I appreciate what Konigsberg is trying to do with this book. We, as a society, need more books about LGBTQIA+ characters. But I just think this one worked as well as it could have worked. I still enjoyed it for the most part but it definitely isn't one of my favorites.


If you're curious about it, give it a read. You may enjoy it a lot more than I did. Just keep in mind that there is a lot of religious hypocrisy talked about and the characters can be quite annoying sometimes, especially Carson.