-
x

Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Friends ff8c072dd79a91c1300f032d674241a8d64367100ffb1f25fa3f9bec4a05319f
Kidzworld Logo

Nothing But the Truth (and a Few White Lies) Book Review

Nothing But the Truth (and a Few White Lies) Book Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
( Rating: 4 Star Rating)

Patty Ho is a 15 year-old with a serious identity crisis. Find out if shell ever feel comfortable in her own skin in Kidzworlds review of this young adult novel.

Title: Nothing But the Truth (and a Few White Lies)
Author: Justina Chen Headley
Ages: 12+
Rating: 4


Patty Ho has never felt that she fits in. Half Taiwanese, half white Patty feels torn between her mother's super-strict Asian upbringing and her mostly white circle of friends. But things take an interesting turn when she gets shipped off to math camp for the summer where Patty learns she's a lot more than the sum of her parts.


Cliqueless in Seattle

15 year-old Patty Ho is isn't exactly comfortable in her own skin. The mixed-race teen (white dad, Taiwanese mom) lives a pretty strict and traditional Asian life in Seattle and tries to lead as "normal" a life as she can at her school. It doesn't help matters that her brother is Harvard-bound and her dad is MIA. She's so busy trying to be white enough for her friends and Asian enough for her family that she forgets to figure out who she really is. When a racist bully at school turns out to be buddies with her cowardly crush, Patty is thrown into a tailspin. Who is she anyway? What does she want in life? The answers may come from a surprising source - math camp!


California Dreamin'

After a fortuneteller divines that Patty is fated to end up with a white guy (egad!) her mom rushes her off to math camp at Stanford - where she's bound to meet a nice Taiwanese guy (or so her mother assumes). While Patty is bummed that she's going to have to geek-it-up all summer, she's glad to have a break from her nagging mom. Patty packs her bags and jumps on a plane to California!


One + One = True Love?

It begins to look like the fortuneteller might be wrong when Patty meets Stu, a hot Chinese kid at math camp. Who knew math geeks could have great pecs too? But just when things start heating up with Stu, Patty's mom busts in to rain all over Patty's parade. Will Patty's new-found love-life be shattered? Will she find her identity? Will she reconcile with her mother? Where did her dad go anyway? You'll have to read Nothing But the Truth (and a Few White Lies) to find out!


The Bottom Line

Nothing But the Truth manages to cover some pretty heavy topics - like racism, cultural identity, abuse, sex, and underage drinking - without ever coming across as preachy or overly politically correct. Justina Chen Headley creates authentic characters who you're bound to relate to. The perfect summer read.


Related Stories:

0 Comments

Related Stories

Micro scarlettfever micro
Scarlett Martin's life is hectic in Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson, the sequel to Suite Scarle...
Find out how Peiling and her family celebrate a good old American Christmas…Taiwanese styl...
Micro ching ming featival micro
There are more Asian peeps in the world than anyone else. KW checks out some of their traditions.
F1152834131296

Worst Summer Camp?

  • Math camp.
  • Science camp.
  • Bee-keeping camp.
  • Chess camp.

General In The Forums

Kirsteeeeen
Kirsteeeeen posted in Debating:
i have changed my views on things like this, i think 99% of people that hunt and the people that complain about the hunting are complete hypocrites though.  if you think that its justified to kill an animal in a given context, you must have a difference between a human and the animal that if true of the human would justify killing the animal, otherwise you say X justifies killing something but doesnt justify killing something ate the same time, which of course is a contradiction. hopefully people can understand that.  What gives, polar bears for example, the right to kill humans for food but doesn't give humans the right to kill an animal for food?
reply about 2 hours
Tennis123
Tennis123 posted in Debating:
i have changed my views on things like this, i think 99% of people that hunt and the people that complain about the hunting are complete hypocrites though.  if you think that its justified to kill an animal in a given context, you must have a difference between a human and the animal that if true of the human would justify killing the animal, otherwise you say X justifies killing something but doesnt justify killing something ate the same time, which of course is a contradiction. hopefully people can understand that. 
reply about 4 hours
Tennis123
Tennis123 posted in Random:
sensitivity and having a victim complex
reply about 4 hours
Tennis123
Tennis123 posted in Debating:
i think the possibility is very, very high. i would also consider things like bacteria or others simple living organisms that live on other planets aliens too btw.
reply about 5 hours
Tennis123
Tennis123 posted in Debating:
"Pinklilylane" wrote: Okay so any smart person would say they don't like him. And i am a smart person. I hate him. Who would vote for a person who has grabbed women? I am mad the these dumb people have voted for a man that doesn't even know how to run things. Ya he made a company. And he is rich. He called people horrible things. He should be impeached. Hillary Clinton would be a much better president. Thank You For Your Time. If you don't like what you are seeing then please comment on my profile and i would gladly put you in your place. Thank you again. -Delaney  wow, you seem fun and know what you're talking about lmao  
reply about 5 hours