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The Honest Truth

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  7,699 ratings  ·  1,626 reviews
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 g
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Scholastic Press
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A story of a boy on a journey to finding out the important things in life. A remarkable story with beautiful writing and heart wrenching moments.
A spare, beautiful story about the importance of love and life in the face of death. The friendship between Mark and Jess touched me, and Beau joins the Pantheon of unforgettable dogs in books. A must-own book.
Maria Espadinha
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O Sonho Comanda a Vida

Mark é um jovem de morte anunciada!
Que faz alguém que está prestes a encontrar-se com a Morte?
Faz o que se afigura mais lógico - procura, no pouco tempo que lhe resta, concretizar o Sonho da sua Vida.

E Mark não imagina nada melhor que escalar o Monte Rainier.
E por isso larga tudo, e parte!
De mochila às costas e cão no saco de viagem, lá vai ele.
Espezinha o relógio que lhe rouba a Vida e enfia-se no comboio...
É derrubado por Lobos e erguido por Anjos!
Capta momentos tirando
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite
Oh my god.
My heart.

And I still can't believe that I finished it in 1 sitting.


A brave boy.
A life goal.

Jennifer Bertman
What a moving story. I suppose it could be described as THE FAULT IN OUR STARS for the middle grade reader. A boy fighting cancer is determined to achieve his goal of climbing Mt. Rainier. It's also a beautiful story about friendships. And for those who love a good "boy and his dog" tale, it is that too.
C.G. Drews
Wow...this is seriously touching, sweet, and a whole lot of sad: and that's the honest truth. (SEE WHAT I DID THERE? mwahah. I can't help it. Excuse my lameness.) I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this book but it totally tugged at the heart strings. It's an MG story that really delves into the topic of death, with a smidge of hopefulness on the side. It was majorly depressing though. I spent the entire book freaking out about whether the dog would die (I can't stand when dogs die, IT'S TOO SA ...more
Anita Vela
Reseña completa:

Es una historia de lucha y de plantarle cara a la muerte. No os voy a mentir y es una historia triste pero a la vez es muy bonita. Había partes que me han partido el corazón, pero me ha encantado conocer a Mark y su historia. Y tiene un final que me ha dejado sin palabras…

La mayor parte de la historia esta narrada por Mark y en cada capítulo hay mini capítulos que te cuentan un poco como llevan la desaparición su familia y su amiga Jessie
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reseña completa:

Escribo esta reseña justo después de terminarlo y prefiero que sea en este momento porque tengo mil sensaciones diferentes. Es un libro que te retuerce varias veces el corazón y que lees lleno de dudas y con el temor de no saber lo que te vas a encontrar después. Es una historia de superación, de lucha, de coraje, de miedos, de buscar la luz en un momento oscuro y sobre todo de amistad y de aprecio a las personas que te quieren.

Mark es el
Nurhayati Ramlan
Actual Rating: All the stars in the universe!

"All the world is dark. But together we build light; shared, it keeps us warm."

It was a beautiful story; about hope, angers. About friendships and promises. About trust and love. About a dying boy and his loyal dog.

I did not expect it to leave such impact to me. I was certainly did not expect myself to clutch the book and cried my heart out at how much feels it giving me.

Read this book please, share the feels with me. Let us all sit and think of a
Un té con Ceres
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Un libro juvenil pero con valores para todo tipo de público. Un libro sobre las metas y como a pesar de todo debemos luchar por conseguirlas. Sobre la amistad humana y animal y su apoyo incondicional. Sobre afrontar las adversidades a pesar de todo. Sobre como teniendo poco puedes conseguir mucho si te lo propones. Un libro donde querer es poder a pesar de todo. Un libro donde las promesas son ley.
Valoración: 7/10
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
it was really sad but it was beautiful. i really loved this book, it had a lot a meaning to it and i can relate somehow to this book. it was also one of my favorite books this year which i think is hard for me to find books i like, so this one is great.
John Velo
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I can't even begin to imagine how a person with terminal illness must feel like but I know for sure that it's one of the worst (if not THE worst) feelings one can ever encounter in life.

The Honest Truth tells the story of Mark, a young boy who is battling cancer and he is just tired of it all. Tired of being sick, tired of being pitied, tired of feeling like his time on Earth is running out. So, he decides to "claim" his life (which is the only thing he feels he has a claim of) and sets off on a
Ms. Yingling
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

Mark is dying of cancer. He's been fighting it since he was a child, but it's back now, and he's tired of it. His grandfather had mentioned climbing Mt. Rainier, but his grandfather has passed away. Tired of treatments and always being the sick kid, Mark takes his dog Beau, boards a bus, and makes his way to the mountain. And a jolly time he has of it, getting rolled by street thugs who steal his money, spending quality time in dive diners, and riding on bu
Carrie Gelson
Whoa. A start and don't put down until done book. Dog as hero. Boy with the weight of the world. Honest truths are the hardest because we don't often tell them.
Kerry Cerra
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg
This is a quick and easy, though gut-wrenching read with a plot that made me turn the pages for a straight-through-in-one-day read. I HAD to know what was going to happen. The main character, Mark is faced with sobering news about his fight with cancer and decides he wants to die alone on the mountain he's longer to conquer for years. So, he scoops up his dog and they set out on an unforgettable journey that leads Mark to come to terms with life and death, love and friendship, and hope over desp ...more
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"The mountain was calling me. I had to run away. I had to."
Ein kleiner Junge mit Krebs. Ein treuer Hund, der ihm nicht von der Seite weicht. Eine beste Freundin, mit einem großen Herzen.

Ein Berg der bestiegen werden muss.

Diese Geschichte war so schön, so gefühlvoll, so mutig und leichtsinnig und richtig und herzzerreißend.
Ich werde Mark, Beau und Jessie nie vergessen, so sehr habe ich sie liebgewonnen
Apr 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
I had an ARC of The Honest Truth by Dan Geimenhart and it isn't good. I was excited because The Honest Truth is an outdoorsy novel, like Halfway to the Sky, but the trouble with a kid alone in the wilderness is that things rarely happen when one is alone in the wilderness. Dan Gemeinhart circumvents this problem by spending 175 pages of the 229-page book getting Mark onto Mount Rainier, and only a few pages on mountaineering fail before Mark succumbs to exhaustion and hypothermia and nearly die ...more
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a story about a kid on an adventure. An adventure to die.

This story is largely about dying, and the remarkable bravery of a young boy who is ready to die on his own terms, even if it means running away.

But what I took away was the amazing power of friendship. Jessie's devotion to Mark...Beau's devotion to was moving.

A great book with small chapters for your reluctant readers. But a great book for everyone, as well.
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-in-2016
*4.5 stars*

I wish I could find the words to write a perfect review about this book but honestly, my emotions are too much right now.
Just know that this book was beautiful and heart warming in every possible way. It gave me hope and also broke my heart.
That is all I can say.
Absolutely wonderful.
4.5 stars. This review also appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I live for sad books. I love them with a passion and the more that a book can make me ugly-cry, the better. So it wasn’t really a huge surprise that I absolutely fell in love with The Honest Truth.

This book is about 12-year-old Mark, who has been battling cancer on and off since he was 5. When he finds out that h
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine, read-in-pt
I want a Beau.
It has a beautiful message. I liked it very much.
Richie Partington
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Richie’s Picks: THE HONEST TRUTH by Dan Gemeinhart, Scholastic Press, January 2015, 240p., ISBN: 978-0-545-66573-5

“My dog he turned to me and he said
Let’s head back to Tennessee Jed.”
-- Garcia/Hunter (1971)

“She could feel where he was heading, and her body shivered at the thought. She reached out, through the miles and the storm that wetted and shook her window; she reached out with her heart to her friend, wandering wherever he was. She could feel him, she thought. That was the kind of friendsh
Jeff Zentner
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
While this is ostensibly a middle-grade book (and is in fact entirely appropriate for young readers), I would not and do not hesitate for a moment to recommend this book to adults. It does all that children's literature should do and all that adult literature should do.

Gorgeous, luminous, guileless, spare, heartrending, and haunting are the adjectives that best describe this story of a young boy stricken with cancer who seeks to do something beautiful and magnificent before dying. To rage agains
Sarah Levy
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story is powerful & emotional. While some parts were almost too emotional for me, the story and underlying themes of this book are important and remarkable.
Henri Neto
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bom, vamos começar este comentário com um pequena confissão: Eu estava fugindo da leitura de "A Mais Pura Verdade". Deliberadamente. Quando a Nine e a Mah me chamaram para fazer a leitura em grupo dele, eu enrolei - e enrolei mais um pouco - e deixei passar. Eu olhava para ele na minha pilha de livros para ler e... Bem, pensava "hoje não". Pois, sim, eu sou um covarde. Mas venhamos e convenhamos - olhem para a sinopse do livro! Um menino de 12 anos, DOENTE, que foge de casa para subir uma montan ...more
Holly Mueller
The Honest Truth was one of those Scholastic Book Club books that managed to make its way from the box into kids' hands without me ever getting to read it. My students would read it, wipe away their tears, and tell me I HAD to read it! I brought it home this summer so I could finally do just that, but I ended up reading Some Kind of Courage first for our staff book club. I loved that one so much, I knew the time had come to read The Honest Truth. Now I know why my students loved it so much. Lik ...more
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hay libros que acabas con una mezcla de sentimientos. De esos que son duros, pero a la vez llenos de esperanza. De los que te hacen pensar y reflexionar sobre lo que realmente importa en la vida.
La pura verdad es uno de ellos. Una historia sobre el viaje que emprende un niño de 10 años con su fiel perro, en el que acabará enfrentándose a sus mayores miedos.

Mark sólo quiere hacer algo por sí mismo sin ayuda de nadie: subir a lo alto del monte Rainer.
Lógicamente, no es algo a lo que sus padres va
Agata Wilusz
Sep 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 7th-ela, boy-reads
I feel bad that I didn't enjoy this book as much as I had hoped. I have a feeling a big part of the reason was because I listened to it rather than read it, and I did not particularly like the person speaking.
Regardless, I thought the pace of the plot was rather slow, however I really enjoyed the 1/2 chapters that allow the reader to see life back 'home' and how Mark's running away impacts his family and friends.
Something I really liked about the story were the different people Mark met along
Brenda Kahn
Confession time. I wasn't eager to read this book - yet another cancer book. This one being compared to TFIOS, a book I did not particularly care for, didn't make me want to read it either. Add to that the knee-jerk reaction I get to HYPE and, well, I just was not rushing to read it. I'm glad I did. The story requires a fair degree of suspension of belief and Mark, sick as he is does not come off particularly sympathetically but middle school readers will be riveted. This is an impressive debut.
Ben Rollins
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Talk about having courage, the main character Mark shows a ton of it when he makes a huge decision that could cost him his life! Mark is like any other kid in some ways, however, in others Mark is different he is sick. This book takes you on Mark's journey as he follows his dream. This book makes you think of other children that might be sick like he is.
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