The Porcupine of Truth
Carson Smith is resigned to spending his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mom take care of his father, a dying alcoholic he doesn't really know. Then he meets Aisha Stinson ...more
The narrator, Carson, has come with his mother to Billings, Montana, to spend the summer caring for the father he hasn't seen since he was three. His father is dying of the complications of alcoholism, and one of the things that the dad harks back to when he becomes emotional is the loss of his own father, who di ...more
Wow, this is, like... literally one of the worst things I have ever seen win an award in my life. I am completely baffled as to how this book won the 2016 Stonewall YA Award, for a lot of reasons:
1. The protagonist isn't even queer. His friend is a lesbian. His friend who we watch the narrator hypersexualize and objectify every five pages.
2. The narrator cannot seem to go a single chapter without talking about his dick, and how every ...more
That's not to say that this is necessarily a bad book. In fact, I thought that it was a pretty okay book. Average, if you will.
The problem is that I thought that Bill Konigsberg was more than just an average writer. His first two books are amazing. And this one is just... well, average.
Carson Smith is Konigsberg's first legitimately unlikeable protagonist, and I really didn't care for that. There's n ...more
Fine, I get it, there is a big issue out there for LGBT+ people who are also religious or come from religious household. But do we really have to treat them like idiots with the emotional range of a 10 year old? As an atheist, I was very happy during the first few pages when Carson plain out said he doesn't believe in God. How many character like that ca ...more
So many of the boys/men in Konigsberg's narrative are broken; they're lost, alone, and angry, paralyzed by what they think they know and fearful of what they don't. As a result, they lash out, hurting themselves, hurt ...more
In Porcupine, 17-year-old Carson travels to Billings, Montana, with his mom so they can take care of his dying father. This is after the family’s been separated for ...more
Carson Smith is going to spend his summer helping his mother take care of his alcoholic father. As his father is dying Carson is determined to find out who his grandfather is. He has disappeared into thin air and Carson wants to surprise his father with finding his grandfather.
One day Carson is brought to a zoo by his mother and it is there that he meets Aisha Stinson. This ...more
“I worry sometimes that our world actually values a lack of intelligence. Like we are considered normal if we spend our time thinking about what one of the Kardashians wears to a party, and we are considered strange if we wonder whether a bee’s parents grieve if said bee dives into the Central Park Reservoir and never makes it back to the hive.”
I picked up Porcupine after attending a teen book con in my city of Houston. I was pretty exc ...more
The story starts when Carson's mom leaves him at the zoo. They've come to Billings, Montana for the summer to help his dying father in his final days, and she needs to ditch him for a bit to take care of thin ...more
Certainly an interesting one! I went into this book with very high expectations, as Openly Straight is one of my favourite books, whilst also knowing very little about this book, and I certainly wasn't disappointed.
There's a lot of emotions in this book, and the balance between the funny stuff and the heavy stuff is done well. There's quite a diverse selection of characters, a lot of very insightful quotes, and you know...there's a road-trip!
I just, urh...I ki ...more
I won it from somewhere- It arrived in the mail with no explanation, so I'm going to assume it was from Goodreads, and if so I thank you, and also, you need to remedy the vagueness so we the winners of this amazing book, can thank whomever made it possible.
You know when you read a story, and even though you are nothing like the characters, you can relate to them and you GET them, without ever having been in their shoes? This is how I felt about Carson a ...more
I absolutely loved this book. I thought the road trip was realistic and the discussions that occurred between the characters about homosexuality were realistic. I am a Christian and I am always appalled by professed Christians who can "disown" their children because of their sexual orientation, which happened to the main character, Aisha. Her father (view spoiler)[kicked her out of the house (hide spoiler)] but in my Christian opinion that is not what a father should do and not what I think Chri ...more
While this wasn't a life changing story (FOR ME), I still loved how thought-provoking it was. I liked how the issue of religion and being gay was treated and all the questions it raised about society. Carson was a very relatable protagonist, but honestly, I feel like I learned something from every character. Some of them were downright awesome. And some parts were really funny. And there was no romance, which was nice...more
Felt a little heavy handed at at times and wrapped up a bit too neatly for believability.
The young-adult novel, “The Porcupine Of Truth,” packs all the humour, brilliance, and emotion you could expect from a powerful story. I would say it's a challenging read, spanning almost 350 pages. The author has written award winning novels which all revolve around LGBT characters, a theme also present in this story. The novel is written in the POV of the main character, Carson, and is written in a pretty interesting way. Many uses of bad words and line ...more
I did like the author's "Openly Straight" but I think I'll only keep going with him if the subject is specifically intriguing.
I'm giving it #WNDB for the queer Black co-lead.