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3.35  ·  Rating details ·  159 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Katie Wallace has never given much thought to 9/11. She was only a year old when terrorists struck American soil. But now her dad has landed in a mental institution after claiming to know what really happened. He insists the attacks were part of a government conspiracy. And he claims that Katie is living proof: the lone survivor of a massive cover-up.

Hoping to free her dad
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published August 2017 by Carolrhoda Lab
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Rebecca McNutt
I'm not sure what to make of this book but I know that I certainly didn't like it. I'll leave the cruelty of the way the story addresses 9/11 victims, Muslims (because they're all just "radical Islamic terrorists" apparently based on the actions of Al Qaeda, one radical group) and survivors of the disaster to the side for a minute and start with the writing itself. It's painfully juvenile, aimed towards young adults but written at a level more appropriate for ten-year-olds. The perspectives of t ...more
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
If I could give this book negative stars, it would be a negative 5, but ask me how I really feel.

WARNING: rant ahead

Initially, I liked TRUTHERS, which I thought was a story about a girl dealing with her paranoid schizophrenic father's delusions about 9/11. About 10% into the book Geoffrey Girard used one of my least favorite phrases "radical Islamic terrorist". I believe that phrase is toxic, because it equates the infinitesimally small number of people who use religion as an excuse for terror w
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The nitty-gritty: A fun, fast-paced thriller about the conspiracy theories behind 9/11, this contemporary YA will give teens (and adults!) plenty to think about.

I don’t usually read YA thrillers, but when Geoffrey Girard asks you to read his book, you do! I have to admit I don’t know much about conspiracy theories—although my sixteen year old daughter tells me about plenty (I think it might be a teenager thing…)—but it sure was a blast reading about them, especially since Girard’s latest focuses
Jul 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
The concept for this book is what drew me to it. I was curious about what theory Katie's father had about the true events of 9/11. After reading to the half way mark it was evident that this book was written more for the younger juvenile audience. Not that there is anything wrong with this. This just means for the older audience, like me, this book may not be appreciated. The theories being thrown around were unbelievable. Also, the intensity levels seemed to be muted for the younger crowd. Had ...more
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My interest was piqued with TRUTHERS, however, when I started reading I was very afraid of where the book was going to go. I have huge problems with people capitalizing on 9/11 in the form of entertainment, like fictionalized books or movies. Same goes for other big tragedies, like the BP rig explosion and that movie with Mark Wahlberg. Gross. No. You’re making money on the backs of dead people with survivors still alive to tell you exactly what happened. No.

So I was afraid because 9/11 is very
Ms. Just One More Book  (Kris Miller)
Katie Wallace has long since been prepared for her dad's mental instability to come crashing down around her. What she was not prepared for was the truth within his words. As her father is taken to a mental institution he seemingly babbles "They killed them all". His insistence that the tragic 9/11 attack was not that of terrorists - but of conspiracy - leads Katie to the Truthers, and ultimately towards the road to the truth itself. Girard creates a mesmerizing and provocative read that intensi ...more
Jennifer McGowan
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
TRUTHERS by Geoffrey Girard is the kind of book that stays with you long after you've read it. It's a fast-paced thriller featuring a young heroine faced with an impossible claim--that she's somehow tied to the tragic events of 9/11--and the even more impossible task of trying to determine what actually happened that fateful day. Katie's efforts to discover the truth behind all the smoke screens, false information, misdirection and genuine confusion surrounding 9/11 made for a terrific read, but ...more

I really tried to get through this novel, but it just is not for me.

I think it may work better for teens born after the events of 9/11, but for me, although I think conspiracy theories are really interesting, I did not enjoy reading about real and tragic events possibly being something else.

Like I said, it may be for someone else or maybe if I had continued on it would have gotten better but for now I'm not giving it a rating.
Jason Sizemore
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*copy received from Girard's publicist in exchange for an honest review*

First, a small bit about my head space going into Truthers by Geoffrey Girard. I was to dissect it and rip it apart. I have little patience or tolerance for the so-called truther movement.

Geoff's previous efforts such as Project Cain convinced me to give this one a chance. I'm glad I did. This is outstanding YA fiction. You can sense the author's background as a teacher through the expressed realism of his female high school
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting read. I can understand why people would be uncomfortable reading it, but I also understand the author's intention of writing it. I knew most of the conspiracy theory surrounding 9/11 already (at least, what the novel delves into) as I've always been interested in conspiracy theory and whatnot, but am of the same belief of one of the characters in the novel: the US government perpetrated a cover up only to both cover their own incompetence and the involvement of Saudi Arabia, a US all ...more
Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
So, I've said before that for some reason I love conspiracy theories. Do I believe any of them? No. I don't but they are interesting to look up. So when I saw this one on NetGalley, I had to get it. I learned nothing new from it but someone who knows nothing about the the conspiracy that 9/11 was an inside job will learn lots. This actually leads me to the first problem I have: info dumping. It got pretty boring in some parts of this book for that reason. I get it, she would go look up all these ...more
Lauren Hanzelka
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review. I really liked the idea of this book, and I wanted it to be a good one. Conspiracy theories fascinate me, so I was excited to dig in! Truthers intrigued me at first, but the further I got into the book, the more lost I became. The plot became hard to follow and in the end, really fell apart.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
"… I know how all of this sounds. But, it's my job now to somehow make it sound less crazy."

"Isn't that, I don't know, like... disrespectful?"

"To who? The victims?" Katie nodded slowly. "Yeah, I think that a lot. I-I suppose it comes down to intentions. Are you coming up with wild theories for fun, or for something to do instead of blogging about your cat or how much you hate the newest Marvel movie, or are you doing it for--"

"The Truth." Giana finished.

Whoo. Where to even begin? There is
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

There be spoilers and swearing ahead!

3.5 stars.

Truthers tells the story of Katie, who lives with her pothead, drunk-off-his-ass dad. Until, one day, she doesn't anymore. She comes home to see that the nice young men in their clean white coats have come and taken her dad away (does anyone get that song reference or am I just that old?). Katie goes into foster care and stays with a fabulous family. No, I'm serious about that. Ho
Sandy Reilly
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: High School, YA, Adult
Katie never believed in her dad -- he let her down too many times to count. His bad combination of drugs and alcohol left Katie picking up his responsibilities all throughout her childhood, forcing her to learn that the only person she could depend on is herself. When the police bring Child Services to her front door, Katie isn't shocked, knowing it was only a matter of time. What she didn't expect was to hear her dad has been admitted to a mental institution due to a violent encounter with cowo ...more
For those that are reviewing the book negatively simply because it's a fictional story about the conspiracy theories around 9/11, I dismiss that because a library should have a book to offend everyone and in Girard's afterward he also discusses why he chose to write about the topic and that it's not to offend, but to lend a voice when those that were not born a voice in understanding the idea of conspiracy theories. We cannot outright dismiss it, we need to bring it to light.

But I had issues wi
Read InAGarden
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the story opens Katie's father is taken to a mental hospital - this isn't all that surprising to Katie, her father's always been a little unhinged. What is surprising to Katie is that her father has seemed a little more unhinged than usual lately. He's been talking about 9/11, about how it was a cover-up by the government and how he was involved in that cover-up. Then he tells Katie that she is a survivor from one of the planes that crashed on 9/11. As shocking as all of this is to Katie, she ...more
Eustacia Tan
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
"The vastness of the internet allows people - no matter what their views - to crawl into the world's smallest teapot of those exact same views. Visiting only the websites and people that agree completely with your take, everyone spouting the same stuff."

I really don't know what to make of this book. I picked it up because the premise was interesting, but halfway through it felt like it was pro-conspiracy theorist. Then the second half had logic and it felt like the conspiracy-part was going to b
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
A colleague suggested Among the Truthers but this was all I could find which turned out to be pretty good fiction though I'd call it historical fiction myself. I don't like labels and believe the pejorative term truther and conspiracy theorist are used to marginalize those of us not gullible enough to believe the fairy tale told by the US governement. This includes an Orwellian array of lies like the black box and all other evidence at the Twin Towers (which were quickly whisked to China for rec ...more
Sydney Kenning
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
In Geoffrey Girard's Truthers, high school junior Katie is whisked away in the middle of the night to foster care because her deadbeat father had a mental breakdown. He was screaming about 9/11 and a cover-up that perhaps involves Katie and the mother that she has never known. As Katie is challenged to keep her father out of institution for the rest of his life, she dives deep into a web of conspiracy regarding the United State's worst terrorist attack. With the help of her best friend Gianna an ...more
Miss_Nelson of my voracious 7th graders read this book and absolutely RAVED about it. She told me I had to buy it for the library - got it via my review group for free instead! Definitely mixed reviews on goodreads!

Katie Wallace is launched into the realm of September 11th conspiracy theories when her father is arrested and held in a mental hospital after he attacks his coworkers, all the while shouting about Dick Cheney and a 9/11 conspiracy. When Katie visits him and tries to find out if this is
Kristin's Novel Cafe
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Review:  4.5/5
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started to read this book.  All I knew going in was it was about the travesty of 9/11 and a possible cover-up.  This book took me by surprise…a great surprise!
I am going to start of by saying I am a proud American.  I’m a born and raised citizen, who has the utmost confidence in the country and those who run it.  I proudly wave the American Flag and the 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays.
This book is about Katie, who tries to untangle
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’d happened more than fifteen years ago, when she was maybe two, and she had no personal memory of that day, or of the weeks or months that followed. So, yeah, it was tragic and all that, but from a completely selfish, and honest, point of view, 9/11 was ancient history. It had about as much effect on her as Kennedy getting shot or the Titanic sinking. None. Unless . . . Unless her dad’s “freaky and sporadic interest” was more than that. Much more.

Truthers is a YA thriller about the conspira
WhatBookNext .com
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Katie Wallace’s dad isn’t much of a dad these days. As she has grown she has watched him get high, drunk and unconscious. When official looking people arrive on her doorstep she’s not surprised.

But it’s not what she expected. Her dad has been hospitalised for random threats against the vice president and he’s telling lies about the government. She is swept quickly into foster care.

When she finally gets to see her dad he is heavily drugged in a guarded hospital room. But he fights through his haz
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Boy did this book take me a long time to finish. In the middle of reading this book, I left for a holiday to America and was unable to take it with me. I feel this led to me slowly losing interest in this book and losing the drive to finish it. This had a compelling plot as it is based around the conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11. As an Australian citizen, I can’t begin to comprehend how tragic this event was to American people, but nonetheless I am aware of some of the details surrounding th ...more
L Leigh
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm interested in reading conspiracy theories, so I thought I might find this book interesting. One thing Girard did well was making Katie still likeable while she weaved through these ideas that seem wild and even offensive at times. This was likely because she was balanced out by Max, and the scene with the Flight 93 memorial reminded her how these ideas might be hurtful. The conspiracy stuff was still interesting but handled with care. Overall, I did enjoy this book and the characters (Katie, ...more
DJ Johnson
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Something very important about this book is that it never forces you to make a decision about the reason/circumstances of 9/11. It presents a multitude of ideas and thoughts and lets the reader decide what to do with it. Our female protagonist is full of mixed emotions and I found that to be far more believable than a character who would have taken a single stand on any of the multiple issues she is dealing with. Good and bad in in this novel is not so black and white.

Minor spoiler (but also no
Sierra M
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was very interesting and well crafted. It gives voice to a darker, more complicated side of history that many don’t like to talk about. It will make you think and question what "truth" really means.
The story and characters spun in the book are gripping. Everyone is multifaceted and full of complex goals and moral compasses that don’t always face north. Overall I really liked the book and was intrigued the whole time. It was also nice to read a young adult novel that didn’t focus on a
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
When Katie's drug addict father is put into a mental institute after ranting about 9/11 conspiracies, threatening Vice President Dick Cheney and beating up a co-worker, Katie begins to research the 9/11 conspiracies in order to help get her father out of the mental institute. She is aided by a 17 year old boy genius who she meets at the law library where she is doing research. The more she learns about the Truthers, the conspiracy theorists, the more plausible some of their theories sound. Katie ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
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Geoffrey Girard writes thrillers, historicals, and dark speculative fiction. Simon and Schuster published two Girard novels simultaneously in 2013: CAIN'S BLOOD, a techno thriller, and PROJECT CAIN, a companion novel for teen/YA readers which was nominated for a Bram Stoker award for "Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel."

Girard's short fiction has appeared in several best-selling anthologi
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