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Tru is being bullied at school. His mom moved him to a new school to get away from it. But it looks like he will just be bullied some more.
That is until he meets Javi. Popular and kind Javi. The two become best friends in no time and Tru cannot help himself, he falls deeply in love with his friend. Of course Javi isnt gay, right?
Try and Javi were great. I loved how their friendship developed and I loved it when they became more than friends.
What I truly hated about this book were the ...more
This is a YA book with the main characters of Truman and Javi. Truman's ...more
I really had a problem with the perfection of this story, the parents acting as they did about coming out publicly, and threatening to tear them apart if they broke ...more
12%-I love Javi! This guy is awesome
"I realized when it came to love, age didnt matter. Its power transcended such triviality. Because once true love took hold, it never let go."
This quote from the book sums up everything!
9/16/14 - original read date
This was a great great read!! I absolutely loved this book! I would recommend this to everyone.
This story is told from the POV of Truman "Tru" Cobbler. He is someone who gets bullied on a daily basis til he meets and becomes ...more
There was not as much drama as I was expecting in this read, in fact the majority of the story is sweet and light. There is some drama at the beginning and end, but while it was well told, I felt I'd missed out on the build up in between.
For me the focus on this story was Tru and Javi's feelings rather than Tru's life of being bullied. In fact apart from once at the beginning, we are only told that ...more
Im normally not a fan of YA novels anymore, the teenage angst and drama tends to be too much for me. Being True called to me though. There was something about it, even reading the blurb made me feel that this wasnt the run of the mill YA story, there was more to it than that.
Truman, Tru, was starting a new school again. It was his sixth. His looks makes him stand out, and not in the good way. Hes compared to the donkey in Shrek often enough, had his head shoved in the toilet ...more
Javi is the star of the baseball team and a genuinely nice, great guy, part of a loving family.
After Tru gets beat up again (on the first day by Javis best friend), Javi rescues him and takes him home to his family where he is immediately embraced into the fold.
Wasn't crazy about the book as a whole, but I ADORE that the author had Tru telling off all the kids at school who barged into the hospital waiting room claiming to support Javi!! I ABSOLUTELY ADORE that Tru didn't shut up, shut down, or forgive ... I ABSOLUTELY ADORE that Tru called them all out in the ferocious way that he did ...more
For some reason I had been putting off reading this book. Maybe something in the blurb subconsciously turned me off or something, I dont know. Anyway, finally got around to reading it and Im glad I did. The story could not be any sweeter or heartwarming. Its definitely a YA M/M Romance but its so well written that anybody can enjoy it.
The story about the new geek in school who gets bullied and somehow becomes friends with the most popular boy in school and then falls in love with him ...more
Tru(man) Cobbler is a teenager entering a new school, again, in this wonderful YA novel. He hasn't had an easy life, with a bullying, drunken stepfather, who (thankfully) met his demise at the front end of a semi truck, but things might be looking up. But Tru is gay, and not into sports, and he just knows that the kids at his new school are not going to like him.
Except nobody gave Javi Castillo that memo, and while he might be a jock, admired by most kids in the school, what with ...more
Javi Castillo is the type of guy that usually joins in the fun taunting Tru. Hes ...more
Author, Jacob Z. Flores teaches writing at the university level and he's great at taking a fantasy set-up and breathing life into it while getting you ...more
The first magical moment for me was how easily Mr. Castillo could read Tru. That scene in the kitchen was remarkable. I really loved Javi's parents and Tru's mom. I especially loved how supportive Tru's mom was. Claudia was a great ...more
What a delightful story, well-written and refreshingly narrated by Mark Westfield. Frankly, I wasnt sure if Id like a young adult story, or if Id like this narrator, since its my first for him, but what a knockout combo Jacob and Mark turned out to be!
Truman Cobbler has had to transfer high schools yet again in his senior year. The victim of bullying in every school hes attended, he lives ...more
I love stories that not only pack an emotional wallop, but also convey an important message and thats exactly what Being True delivered. Bullying is a very real and very ugly issue facing todays youth. Anyone considered different becomes a target and Truman Cobbler (Tru) has had a big ole bullseye painted on him for most of his young life. And yet despite that fact, he cant help being true to himself by being Tru. His inner strength is obvious to ...more
If I had to make a list of the exact qualities I want to read in an m/m romance, this book has them all. It was perfect!
This was such a sweet, romantic read. I love reading a book like this where a character questions their sexuality for the first time. Its a scary thing to discover you deviate from what society considers normal. It is especially difficult if you face this life changing event in high school. Yikes. The author did a spectacular job of telling this story. I loved every second of ...more
I think that every gay teen who has suffered enough from life does not need to hide his true self just so he can fit in in what society dictates as normal. But every gay teen does not need to go through such ordeal alone. If I think about it, at some point in our life we all needed a Javi to rock our world and at the same time make us believe that things do get better despite the pain and bullshit hurled at us on a day to day basis. We all deserved a love so powerful, it shatters the essence of...more
A - Multiracial cast that doesn't do the whole 'So and so is race-X' thing and then proceed to whitewash the shit out of that character and then expect ass-pats for being a diverse book. In this book, a large portion of the cast is Mexican and they are presented like real multifaceted Mexican-American kids, NOT ridiculous cliches. Probably helps that the author is Latino.
B - Not-conventionally-pretty main character. One of the boys gets made fun of for his looks and called 'Donkey from ...more
Tru has had a tough time in life. Hes not so good looking, hes been bullied badly and changed schools for that multiple times, his stepdad left him and his mom with lots of debts and they are very poor.
When he starts his new school, he has little hope for improvement, but it does comein the form of Javi.
Javi is a popular jock, everyone loves and admires him. But hes not the typical asshole, he actually cares about others. He immediately strikes up a friendship with Tru, ...more
You guys, this book is so good. Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of YA/young love, but I have been known to dabble here and there, and Im so glad I picked this one up. Being Truethe meaning of this book lies completely in the title. I love the double meaning because its about being Tru (Truman), who is the main point of focus of this book. And its about being true to ones selfto your beliefs, to your love, to your families, to your friends. Its a story of two young ...more
Second, I have to applaud the diverse characters.
Third, I loved every moment of this book.
Tru -- with his thrift store clothes, horse teeth and small stature -- has been bullied his whole life. He's changed schools six times in four years. On his fist day at Burbank High, it's more of the same. Then into precalc walks Javi, a popular boy who shuns cliques. Javi doesn't let the high-school hierarchy dictate who he should be friends with, and he wants ...more
Then, however, Javi appeared, liked by everyone, big sports star and typical jock.
To Truman's and everybody else's ...more
I adored this book so much. I'm not a fan of YA but this one did a great job to make me liking it.
I loved Tru and Javi's slow relationship. But I knew all those bigoted and denials always there.
A 'normal' reactions from Javi's father made this story more real.
I adored Claudia, what a friend!!! I even like that 'selfie' girl Alison.
Thank you author for not making female gender annoying like some m/m books I read. Sometimes,, we need a female friendly m/m story here and there.
There's so much I ...more