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The Truth of Right Now

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  253 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
If you could take back one thing you’ve done in your life, do you know what it would be?

Lily is returning to her privileged Manhattan high school after a harrowing end to her sophomore year and it’s not pretty. She hates chemistry and her spiteful lab partner, her friends are either not speaking to her or suffocating her with concerned glances, and nothing seems to give he
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by Simon Pulse
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Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, de-lo-peor
Manic pixie dream girl conoce a manic pixie dream boy, para vivir una intensa e infumable manic pixie dream historia.

Recomendado para hipsters o para nadie, mejor.
Kalli M.G.
I was expecting the usual sort of teen fiction requesting for this book. I fell in love immediately with the book cover and over Dari because he's an artist like me. Instead, I found myself in a world that I would never experience myself and was reminded of the privilege that I own as a white person.

This book is unforgiveably intense, real, and full of raw emotions and a heavy reminder of how intense racism truly is. It also shows just how important it is to treat mental illness just like any o
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
High school is not an easy time but its very hard for Lilith, "Lily," who has returned to school after a suicide attempt. Her former best friends are acting weird and she absolutely cannot stand her lab partner Tara. But Lily encounters Dari, an African American student who was transferred to the school, and the two loners bond. Can these budding romance survive Lily's ongoing mental struggles? This book was pretty well written with some interesting side characters. I enjoyed the switching chapt ...more
A book to hand to those who loved The Hate U Give and All American Boys.

Lily's got a secret that caused her reputation to shatter last year, and she's back at school anyway. Dari is the new guy, a black student in an otherwise almost all-white private school, and he's bored with his classes, his former girlfriend, and the abusive father with whom he lives. When Lily and Dari start to talk, though, sparks fly.

When things become heated, though, and we get the backstory of Lily's life, as well as
Jan 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
I have to say this is one of the worst books I've read. I couldn't stand all the characters expect Dari. I did like Dari and his story. He was the only reason why I finished it because I wanted to read his story and see how it turned out. I couldn't stand Lily or Lily's mom. Even though Lily's mom was young when she had Lily, I thought she was way over the top irresponsible. I often forgot she was Lily's mom and not an older sister or friend.I felt like Lily was a pain, I really couldn't stand h ...more
Rachel Elisse
Dec 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-chick-lit
This book has a different kind of vibe that intrigued me at first--more of a real, 'life can get messed up' vibe, but I just didn't like the path it took. And the ending made me mad. Like I sort of wondered about the whole point of the story. I understood some of the awareness it tried to bring about racism, but it wasn't enough throughout the whole book to make the impact I believe was intended with the ending. And the relationship between Dari and Lily? I don't even know what to think about it ...more
Kia Corthron
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let me be upfront: the author of this book is my sister. I would have liked this book no matter what, but I wouldn't necessarily be raving about it. What begins as a well written yet recognizable teen drama about two high school social misfits finding each other takes the reader on unexpected turns - some delightful, some harrowing - often at breakneck speed. The girl is white, the boy black, and in 21st Century America this doesn't matter a whole lot - until it agonizingly does. You won't be ab ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book took my feelings, cradled them, held them up to the light, laughed a little, then smashed them to the ground and stomped on them and drove over them a few times. Reading this book was a really great experience and I totally recommend it.
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy from Simon & Schuster and Jellybooks.

A heart aching portrayal about the loss of innocence and the effect people have on the lives of those around them. Powerful in its honesty and stunningly beautiful!

Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Some good things to start out with that attracted me to this book:
• Written by a WOC author! (and she’s actually aware of how teenagers of today work; everything felt authentic to the times, which I appreciate greatly in a contemporary!)
• Features a lot of deep topics like mental illness and racism, and touches on subjects like sexual and emotional abuse (including a teacher/student relationship, bad home life, and bullying).
• Has a primary focus on an interracial friendship/romance that covers
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad I stumbled upon this book. The two characters have such extreme problems but I still found ways to relate to them and their messed up lives. I really enjoyed how it was written in such a way that it made their internal struggles timeless and the problems in their so current. It is so hard to find books that have characters that are so relatable and loveable but Kara Lee Corthron has achieved this feat so well. I cannot wait for other books she might write!
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My prediction is that the playwright Corthron sisters Kara Lee and Kia are the next big thing in books, since both of their debut novels are just the best. This is the best YA I've read in forever, surprising and utterly non-condescending and super relevant. It explodes the manic pixie dream girl trope and is so sharp and makes so many subtle points about racism.

Also the cover is a total throwback to the best of 70s realistic YA like Divorce Express and A Hero Ain't Nothin but a Sandwich.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: coming-of-age
Devastating, raw, and brutally honest. This should be required reading for everyone. One of the most powerful endings I've ever read. Please read this book.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was extremely entertaining. I thought Corthron did an excellent job with the character of Dari, I can almost picture him or at least I have know someone like him all my life. If I could as the author one question about this book: Who was the man with the Red Hair? This book also makes you question your feelings about interracial dating, the subtlety of the way the author hints at the things that we think about when are alone are so prevalent in this novel. I appreciate this n ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: x-2017-reads
I’m waiting to rate and review this one.

12/17/2017–Well, it’s been a week...
When asked if I liked the story? Or the main female character? Or her mother?
My answer?
No, not really.
But, when asked if I could have written a better last word in the story?
My answer?
Same as Dari’s...No.
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classroom-ms-hs
Phew. This book is a long emotional whirlwind, and a fabulous debut novel by Kara Lee Corthron.

Let's start by talking about the characters. Lily, struggling to get by from her painful past and lonely present, makes for a startlingly accurate leading teen. And then there's Dari, who lives with such passion, curiousity, and a thirst for life and living on the edge like none other. The characters are so well defined, dynamic and bold but just mysterious enough to keep the plot accelerating.

The boo
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I absolutely LOOOVEED this book. I however would not recommend it for all types of readers. It is a deep book that addresses problems society doesn't realize are big issues facing teenagers of this time and we see racism play a huge role in the end of the book. If you are not comfortable reading about these kind of things, it's not a book I would advice you read. It is a well written story of 2 kids each with their own problems who use each other to refind themselves. I love how Kara Lee Corthro ...more
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wasn't expecting this book to be as intense and emotionally charged as it ended up being when I picked it up. The issues it deals with are not taken on lightly and let you see from perspectives other than what you might usually see. The alternating viewpoint chapters are handled quite well and the story flows nicely for the most part.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is such an important book that everyone needs to read! I also really need some sort of sequel!!!
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful writing. Engaging story.
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
A story of damaged people finding more damaged people to create more damage. The ending was a bit of a twist that was honest and not a fairy tale.
If this book teaches you anything, it's that your actions have consequences-and doing anything out of spite or anger should be reexamined. Lily and Dari learn this the hard way throughout their interactions with each other. The Truth of Right Now hits hard at current events, race issues, and coming of age in the 21st century.

Both Lily and Dari are dealing with ongoing personal issues, prior to meeting. Those problems manifest themselves throughout the book, and impact who they are and how they
Privileged Jewish Lily, who is back at school after a suicide attempt following an affair with a teacher, and Dariomauritius, a mysterious transfer student whose Trinidadian father is a domineering and cruel tyrant, are drawn together by their love of the arts, cynicism against the hypocrisy of their privileged high school, and repercussions of broken families. An unlikely friendship during their junior year blooms into something more while each of them fights to find meaning and truth. Lily’s a ...more
Pamela Laskin
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THE TRUTH OF RIGHT NOW by Kara Lee Corthron is a smart, sassy and sad book (can you tell I love alliterations?). More importantly, it is about the choices young people make, some of which are not smart, yet are part and parcel in the journey of adolescence. How does any teen know which is the right road to take, when the world is filled with possibilities, and some of these possibilities may include danger along the way? And each teen- Lily (white, privileged) and Dari (short for Dariomauritius) ...more
Danielle D'amico
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book, but i have to say the ending was weird. It felt kind of scattered, like it was a good ending, but so much was happening through out the book that as much as the ending made sense it didn't. It felt like Lily was just being shit on the entire book to maybe get a happy ending, just to make her out as the bad guy. Obviously what happened to Dari is very real and unjustified, and we see foreshadowing of this throughout the book, but the fact that it happened "because" of Lily made ...more
Lindsay Heller
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This started out really well. It was kind of quiet, a slow build romance between a damaged white girl and a rebellious, talented, black boy. Lily has some dark secrets and bad choices in her recent past, Dari has a tough family life but a deep appreciation for knowledge and art. Things were looking good as they slowly developed a relationship... and then it basically disintegrated into something so weird, and then typical. I understood the message it was trying to send but it really could have b ...more
Anna Bowling
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Dariomauritius Raphael Gray may now take his place amongst my YA book boyfriends. Passionate artist, far less passionate student with a talent for skipping class, the ability to perfectly mimic his abusive father's Trinidadian accent, Dari is a survivor. Maybe that's why Lilith, herself the survivor of self harm, finds herself drawn to him. Together, they find a once in a lifetime love at a very young age, but this book doesn't shy from the realities of such an intense relationship between two y ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Adults, Theater Enthusiasts
This book left me with many questions about its construction. The chapters alternate between Lily's first person perspective and Dari's third person limited perspective, up until the end when Lily's journal takes the stage, then little excerpts of an exchange between them as "L" and "D," finally morph into full on interspersed first person perspective to end the novel.

And that's the real crux of it, that "taking the stage." This reads very much like stage directions and character motivation, and
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: have
I don't usually write reviews, but I feel like I need to this time.
After reading this book, I came to see the reviews. I agreed with many people that it is great in addressing problems today, but I felt like not many people spoke about what I didn't particularly like.
I feel like the scene where Dari kisses her mom really comes out of nowhere. In my opinion, it felt like a cheap way to make them fight. I could never write this well, but I just wished that there was a better way to transition to
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
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Kara Lee Corthron lives and writes in New York City. She’s written many plays that have been performed around the U.S. including AliceGraceAnon, Welcome to Fear City, Listen for the Light, and Holly Down in Heaven, which won her the Princess Grace Award (and a dance with Prince Albert II, of Monaco). The Truth of Right Now is her first novel and the winner of the Parents' Choice Gold Award.

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“I am angry. It is illegal for me to be angry. Remember: Don't get angry. It is illegal to be a black man and be angry. Right. Got it. I will remember this next time.” 5 likes
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