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Nothing But the Truth by Justina Chen
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Apr 28, 2010

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bookshelves: children-s-and-ya-fiction, from-library, authors-gh
Read in February, 2008 , read count: 1

Half-white, half-Asian Patty Ho is sick and tired of being out of place; she doesn't fit in with either side of her heritage, at school or at home. She's horrified when she finds out her mom signed her up for math camp at Stanford, but when she gets there, it seems like she's finally found somewhere she can learn to be herself.

I really liked the direct, honest way Headley tackles racial issues, and her exploration of Patty's various relationships (particularly with her mother and her aunt Lu). I thought the style was a touch too facile and flippant occasionally and wanted a deeper look at Patty's family history and some of the supporting characters, but on the whole, I enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading Headley's second novel, Girl Overboard.

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