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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  521 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Truman L. Cobbler has not had an easy life. Its bad enough people say he looks like Donkey from Shrek, but hes also suffered the death of his policeman father and his mothers remarriage to a professional swindler, who cost them everything. Now dirt poor, they live in the barrio of San Antonio, Texas. When Tru transfers to an inner-city high school halfway through his ...more
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Published September 15th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
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Jun 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
3.5 stars

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
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Finally I've read a M/M romance with a Latino and a white guy as the loving couple. The setting is San Antonio, TX. Given the number of people who are HIspanic from New York to California there is a paltry number of M/M romances or gay fiction involving Hispanic characters and even fewer with Latino guys. Not only is the white kid's love interest Latino, his best friend is a Latino girl and she is a force to be reckoned with!

This is a YA book with the main characters of Truman and Javi. Truman's
Tara Spears
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
3.5 waffling stars. This is a very sweet, easy read. I loved Zavi and Claudia. They really added humor in all the right spots. And you had to feel for Tru, even if he felt unreal. The kid had been through a lot, and that was what felt unreal. He was practically perfect, no side effects of his trying life, no hatred, no emotion at all.

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
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Rereading 8/31/16

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
Sep 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Tru and Javi take us on a journey of discovery and falling in love, as a couple they were sweet.

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
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Audiobook review

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
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, gay, ya, abuse, audio

Rounded up to 3 stars.
Morgan  Skye
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Truman is 17, in his last year of high school, and this is his 6th school in as many years. Due to his small stature he is the object of bullying and his poor single mother can do nothing more than move them to help the situation.

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.
I Dream of Dragons and Unicorns
True rating: 2 stars ... rounded to 3 ONLY because of one nice thing the author did!!!! SO I'll average it out with 2.5 stars!!!!


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
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars

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
4.5 stars!!

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
T.M. Smith
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Truman Cobblers young life has held more misery than happiness to date. After being bullied severely at several schools, he is now at his sixth school hoping to go unnoticed and untouched. He doesnt even make it through the first day. Even though this day starts out just like every other day, Tru being used as punching bag, but the day does end quite different than any other. He makes not one, but two new friends.

Javi Castillo is the type of guy that usually joins in the fun taunting Tru. Hes
Truman L. Cobbler is a smallish high school student who's left more than one high school after becoming the target of bullying. His new school seems like it's going to be another of those but when Truman meets and is befriended by Javier Castillo, the school's baseball prodigy and the most popular guy in the school, things take an unexpected turn.

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
Shelby P
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I usually don't like reading books with bullies and that first scene with Rance and Tru was hard to read. This is the first book I've read with so many Hispanic characters and it was a pleasant surprise and very realistic, especially for someone who lives in Houston.

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
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Audiobook provided through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial review.

4.5 stars

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
Wendy Ann
Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews - 5 hearts

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
P.A. Lupton
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lendable, romance-mm
Although I was never the popular kid in high school, I was never a victim of bullying and I don't remember being a bully. I guess my high school was just too big so I just got lost in the crowd. I pray that my child isn't a victim of bullying as she goes through school. It's so heartbreaking to read these YA stories about kids who are so horrible to each other. I hate that peer pressure and society has allowed it to escalate to where it is now. It's sickening that we aren't teaching our kids to ...more
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aa-recommend
Probably a little more than 4 stars but not quiiiite enough for 5. I would guess the lack of sex swayed me in my 4 star direction. And still, I loved this book. If there are real teenagers like these two in the world, I want to meet them. They were so wonderful. Poor Tru has had the absolute worst school life to date yet he keeps his chin up and treats people kindly. And then we have Javi who's had a great life so far but has something missing. He also treats everyone he meets with ...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

Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it

I heart this book.

It was a sweet sweet YA book with some dark moments. You're typical douchebag homophobes, great parents and some sweet love.

I also Heart Heart the cover of this book. It's so sweet.

May 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Te De
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it

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
Love Bytes Reviews
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 star review by Marieke

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,
Joyfully Jay
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crissy
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

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
Lisa J.
First, I have to say this cover is beautiful.

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
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was nicely different from the usual stories in this genre. It starts with a main character who is not stunningly beautiful, instead, he has big ears, horse teeth, and his bullies like to call him donkey from Shrek. Truman, the young (gay and out) boy was immediately likable and it was hard to see, that in his new school he immediately got in trouble with some bullies again.
Then, however, Javi appeared, liked by everyone, big sports star and typical jock.
To Truman's and everybody else's

Gorgeous cover!

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.
Claudia the Night Owl
Being True is about a kid, Tru, who's an outsider never fitting in and believing all the horrible things people say about him. Thinking himself ugly and not worth anything he is more surprised than anyone when the most popular kid in school takes a liking to him. Javi is the star Baseball player and most loved kid in the school even the teachers love him and even though he's happy he's not happy and it isn't until he meets Tru that he starts to figure out what it is he needed.

There's so much I
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