Nothing But The Truth
Harrison, NH -- Ninth-grade student Philip Malloy was suspended from school for singing along to The Star-Spangled Banner in his homeroom, causing what his teacher, Margaret Narwin, called "a disturbance." But was he standing up for his patriotic ideals, only to be squelched by the school system? Was Ms. Narwin simply trying to be a good teac...more
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I gave this two stars, and then decided it's not worth two stars. The book would be crappy but innocent if it wasn't for it's Newberry Award and the blurb from the New York Times, about the story of the main character needing to be shouted out. This story doesn't need to be shouted out, it's a bullshit story, and if I had read this book with some of the patriotic covers I would have probably thrown the thing across the room about ...more
We had an interesting discussion about the book at dinner tonight. I was surprised by her support of the teacher character (I expected her to side with the student). We talked about how one incident can escalate into a huge problem, and how gossip can destroy people.
I admit that I didn't like Phillip very much, but I ...more
Also, the ending. One of the worst endings I've ever read simply because ...more
OVERALL IMPRESSION: I did not enjoy this book at all. The only reason I finished it was because it was short and a very quick read. The plot angered me and the story never really went anywhere. I just feel like more could have been done with the storyline. It was boring and nothing got accomplished.
COVER: I do like the cover of the book. I love that it's simple and that they used the word to The Star Spangled Banner in the form of a flag; I think that's pretty clever.
CHARACTERS: Philip ...more
he's not about to read The Call of the Wild. Kid stuff. ('What can you say about a dog?') He's somewhat interested in girls, and strikes me as the typically unmotivated learner who lives for sports.
Philip has a habit that his homeroom teacher, Mr. Lunser, has tolerated in spite of the school directive that when the national ...more
The problem is that this scenario is more realistic than I would like to believe. In fact, an author's note at the beginning reveals that similar situations have taken place all over the country. And that is just... disturbing. So many characters o ...more
or documents perspective. The author displays a stronger message than patriotism. He shows through a realistic scenario how little lies can spiral out of control.
In the book, Harrison High School plays a recorded tape of the national anthem each
morning. It is requested that all students stand in silent and respectful attention. But when Philip Malloy decides to hum along in Ms Narwins homeroom, he r ...more
NBTT has some strong points that I enjoyed. I like how the book ha ...more
On the one hand, I think it opens up some really interesting questions about the power of gossip, hearsay, and ways in which the truth can easily be twisted and changed. The "documentary" style of the book is definitely interesting, and opens up a lot of possible conversation.
On the other hand, I found pretty much every character insufferable, I could not stand Phillip especially, and while he does end up being punished in the end, not nearly enough of a punishmen ...more
I got this book from the reading club in fifth grade. They blacked out the curse words with marker and even then, I found that completely hilarious.
This book was just as bizarre and disappointing as I remember when I first read this more than 10 years ago. I loved the way the book was set up through memos, phone conversations, and morning announcements. The epistolary framework was the only redeeming feature of this confusing book. The main character was a rotten teenager wh ...more
This book was not horrible, but not amazing either.
Basically all that it managed to do for me was annoy me. I was reading it for class, and the discussions that we had were really amazing, but the book itself just annoyed me. Philip is a jerk, but yet, I somehow have managed to feel kind of bad for him. Ms. Narwin is an amazing teacher and everyone likes her, other than Philip just for one stupid reason that he could have prevented if he had just tried harder on his exam. I think that ...more
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