How did I get it?:
I bought it!
In all the ways that matter, Mark is a normal kid. He’s got a dog named Beau and a best friend, Jessie. He likes to take photos and write haiku poems in his notebook. He dreams of climbing a mountain one day.
But in one important way, Mark is not like other kids at all. Mark is sick. The kind of sick that means hospitals. And treatments. The kind of sick some people never get better from.
So Mark runs away. He leaves home with his camera, his notebook, his dog, and a plan to reach the top of Mount Rainier–even if it’s the last thing he ever does.
I heard about this book late last year and immediately put it on my TBR. It’s an incredibly short read at less than 300 pages, but despite its heavy content, it doesn’t feel like a heavy read. It keeps you turning the pages. I did expect to be moved a little more, which is why I haven’t given this book four stars. It is a decent read nonetheless and I’m pleased that I’ve read it.
The Honest Truth centres around Mark, a young boy who is incredibly sick. Mark’s not sure if he will get better, so one day decides to take his dog Beau to climb Mount Rainier. Mark’s best friend Jessie knows that this is his dream, so when Mark is reported missing, she’s torn. She doesn’t know whether to tell his parents about his dream and risk it not being fulfilled.
As I mentioned, even though there’s sad content- it doesn’t take long to read. The chapters are short and snappy and there are cute half-chapters from Jessie’s point of view. Both Mark and Jessie’s perspectives are interesting to read from. I could totally sympathise with Mark, even though I knew his decision to try and climb the mountain wasn’t the most sensible one. As a reader, you can get behind his reasoning.
I absolutely adored Mark’s dog, Beau. I think the author really got across the message of how amazing dogs are and how loyal they are to their owners.
“Dogs die. But dogs live, too. Right up until they die, they live. They live brave, beautiful lives. They protect their families. And love us. And make our lives a little brighter. And they don’t waste time being afraid of tomorrow.”
The Honest Truth is worth reading. Sure, there are moments that aren’t as great but the good definitely outweighs the bad!
Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars.