Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel

Nothing But The Truth - Avi This book has been a part of my life for a very long time. I was first introduced to this book back when I was a freshman in high school. My English teacher at the time, Ruth, taught us from various novels instead of the typical "read a classic, write a paper" sort of way. She used to let us read the book, together as a class, and helped us really try to understand its characters and messages. In short, I loved the way she taught. I still do. I've always loved reading, but it was because of Ruth that my passion for reading increased ten-fold.

When she introduced Nothing But The Truth to the class, I was very much excited to read it. She always had great taste in books so I wasn't worried in the slightest about whether or not I was going to like this book; I knew I was going to LOVE it. And I did. From the unique writing style to the annoying but necessary characters (this does not apply to ALL characters, mind you, just the majority) to the ever moving plot, this book is one I think that's worth reading.

Many people who read this seem to miss the point of the whole book. They look down on it thinking that it's meant only for kids who don't like school and like seeing the adults around them suffer for making them, say, do their homework. However, that is not the case. The whole point of this book is to help children realize that there are consequences to the negative actions you make and those children will not feel happy or at peace if they deliberately go out of their way to hurt those around them. It teaches children great morals through example and I think it is a very intelligent way to get through to kids.

Avi did a fantastic job writing this novel. His writing style for this book, though unique, does not hinder the story-telling one bit. It has a way of pulling you in. Making you take place of the characters so you can see things from their point of view and see how the truth about the issue at hand gets bent and twisted by word-of-mouth. This novel is story-telling at its finest! I couldn't be more pleased with it!

Give this book a chance. Decide for yourself whether you will like it or not. Don't let anyone convince you it is not worth the read because every book, no matter how rotten someone tells you it is, is worth reading at least once. If it's not for you then it's not for you. But you should at least give it a chance. The story is a wonderfully tragic one; the main character, Philip, is an annoying trouble maker but Miss Narwin, his English teacher, more than makes up for it; and the writing is just amazing! Read this book. Trust me. It's worth it and I thank Ruth every single time for introducing it to me and helping to enhance my love for reading all the more.

Thank you, Ruth! <3