The Honest Truth

The Honest Truth

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.

A lovely, thought provoking read!

Stacking The Shelves #133

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page!


The Next Together

I have heard a lot of good things about The Next Together. I’m very intrigued by it! I hear it includes a lot of genres within the story, so I’m excited to see how that works out!

Another Day (Every Day, #2)

I really enjoyed Every Day so I’m looking forward to reading it from Rhiannon’s perspective.

The Honest Truth

I came across this book last month. It is about a sick boy named Mark who runs away with a plan to reach the top of Mount Rainier if it’s the last thing he does.

Made You Up

This book has been on my radar for so long now. I decided I needed it in my life and just bought it! I hope I haven’t overhyped it…

Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity, #2)

I have been meaning to read this book for SO long now. I don’t know when I’ll get around to it, but hopefully soon! Fingers crossed…

The Marble Collector

Cecelia Ahern has been a long time favourite of mine. Her books are different from your average chick-lit/women’s fiction. I’ve heard great things about this one!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your own hauls and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading! 😀

Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me!


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a wishlist of books that I wouldn’t mind Santa bringing me.

Click on the book image to get to Goodreads/Amazon!

Hans Christian Andersen: Classic Fairy Tales (The beautiful Barnes and Noble edition!)


This book is an absolutely beauty and I would love it in my possession so I can continue my Fairy Tale Friday feature.

Hollow City- Ransom Riggs

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)

I am so behind with this series. I don’t know why I haven’t got around to reading the second book, but hopefully I will in 2016!

Made You Up- Francesca Zappia

Made You Up

I have heard a lot of good things about this book, so it immediately went on my TBR!

Uprooted- Naomi Novik


Again, I have heard amazing things about this book. It sounds like something I’d really enjoy!

Carry On- Rainbow Rowell

Carry On

I actually don’t know a lot about this book, but it’s Rainbow Rowell, so I know it’ll be good!

Extraordinary Means- Robyn Schneider

Extraordinary Means

I think this book sounds so incredible! I want to read it ASAP!

Another Day- David Levithan

Another Day (Every Day, #2)

I’m loving David Levithan’s writing and can’t wait to read more from him!

One- Sarah Crossan

OneThis book sounds fantastic and many of my blogging friends have adored it!

The Honest Truth- Dan Gemeinhart

The Honest Truth

I’ve only recently heard of this book. I’ve only read the synopsis, but it sounds like something I’d really enjoy.

Rose Under Fire- Elizabeth Wein

Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity, #2)

I read Code Name Verity so long ago, but I’ve never got around to reading Rose Under Fire. I definitely want to change that!

What are you asking Santa for this Christmas? Feel free to leave me a link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!