The right to truth v. the right to privacy. Fascinating read.

Summary:

Normandy, Dusk, and Neil, all juniors, attend the Green Pastures Academy of Art and Applied Design. They are also best friends and are the Truth Commissioners. Open secrets, gossip, the trio is fearless when it comes to asking people for the truths about different situations in their lives. Once they know the truth, they keep it between themselves and the confessor. In some ways, the Truth Commission helps the catharsis for the people involved.

Then the need for truth is hitting close to home, and Normandy realizes that some secrets and lies should be left alone. Especially if you don’t want to deal with the consequences.


BTSYA / Teen Reader (17):
The Truth Commission deals with secrets, friends, and what family means. Through Normandy's narration, the story stresses the importance of found families: the family you make yourself when your own family cannot support you.

This book is best for readers 14 and older, mainly due to mentions of rape and murder allegations. It’s a great book for readers dealing with tough families, and the aftermath of too many secrets and lies.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a  YA read for readers who like sharp, dark humor and thought-provoking stories with characters they can cheer for. 

Content Awareness Factors:

Profanity, sexual situations, and violence are part of this story.


Type of Book:
This is a first-person story about three friends and their searches for acceptance and truth ... and what truth means.
Educational Themes:

How does one distinguish the right to privacy from the right to know the truth? Who makes those decisions? In telling the story of the Truth Commission, Normandy puts many pieces on the table and invites the reader to consider truth and consequences. 

Reading Level:
5.5
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
14 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
14 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer's Age: 17
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book you'll read once for the story, then go back again to see if you can figure out where the right to privacy and truth cross.

Title The Truth Commission
Author Susan Juby
Publisher Viking Books for Young Readers, a Penguin Random House Company © 2015
ISBN 9780451468772
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Mystery, Humor, Realism | Realistic Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
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