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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Stu Truly is the coming-of-age story of 12-year-old Stu as he struggles to navigate the murky waters of adolescence when he finds himself living a lie-that seems to be growing beyond his control-to impress the new girl in school.

When Stuart Cornelius Truly first sets eyes on the new girl, Becca, he staples his finger to his seventh-grade history assignment. The second time
Published July 3rd 2018 by Bonnier Publishing USA
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Jeri Baird
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Laugh out loud funny! Stu's in middle school and just discovering girls. When the new girl, Becca, says she's a vegetarian, a smitten Stu says he is too. Small problem- his dad owns the town butcher shop, and Stu hates all things green. Throw in a best friend with his own girl trouble, and hilarity ensues.

I received an ARC for an honest review. Middle graders are going to love this one!
Ms. Yingling
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided by the publisher at ALA

Stu generally hangs out playing video games with his friend Ben, who torments him about some of his past exploits, but when a new girl, Becca, moves to his school, he is entranced. So entranced that he even tries a bit of her roasted red pepper sandwich and claims to be a vegetarian just like she is. The problem? His father runs the local butcher shop, and Stu's relationship with vegetables is antagonistic at best! Still, Becca actually talks to him and gives
Afoma Umesi
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received an ARC of this book from Yellow Jacket Press.

I LOVED this hilarious middle grade debut! Stu Truly shines a light on that awkward transition between childhood to the pubescent years. In this story, meat loving Stuart Truly's first crush is the new girl in his class who also happens to be a vegetarian. He lies about also being vegetarian but then throughout the story, continues to get himself in hilarious circumstances as a result. Ultimately a sweet, funny story about the importance of b
Lesr Kew
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a hilarious read. Loved it.
Thomas Chung
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stu Truly is about a middle school boy named Stu that's father is the owner of a butcher shop. Everything is normal, because after all, in his town, everybody eats meat and they view vegetables as almost a horrific thing. Then a new girl shows up at Stu's school. Her name is Becca, and it turns out that her family is vegetarian. Again, this doesn't seem to bad, until the two world's collide and Stu says he is vegetarian too in an attempt to bond and make her like him. As the days go on, Stu has ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, books-2-own
SO cute!
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a cute book, I laughed out loud several times!
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is entirely lacking in plot. The main character stumbles through the story with zero agency.
He has no plans, no goals. His dad has a goal and ropes Stu into it. The girl at school who Stu likes has a goal and ropes Stu into it. Stu's best friend has a goal and ... you guessed it... ropes Stu into it. At no point does Stu drive the story forward. Consequently, the pace of the story felt painfully slow. There was nothing on the horizon that Stu was working to achieve, which made the who
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so when I was at the booth for this one and the sales woman was telling me about it, she said something like “…and as you can see, he’s dressed up as a piece of meat.” And I replied with “Not just any meat- choice cuts.” And we had a good laugh because Spongebob jokes.

So here we have a kid, Stu Truly, who is on the cusp of puberty and is about to discover girls and the crazy things he will to in order to impress said girls.

Like seeing the cute new girl, Becca, eating an all-veggie lunch a
Kelly Farnsworth
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As I went to Barnes and Noble looking for a new book, I first made eye contact with the cover and thought, “What the heck could this book be about!??” It shows a boy wearing a meat ribs outfit with a girl walking by him. I absolutely had to read more about its summary and after I did I also noticed that this was Dan’s debut novel and I was simply sold on everything about this book and I bought it.

As I started to read the book with my two kids nearby, I just kept laughing and giggling out loud! I
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a free review copy of Stu Truly from the publisher. All opinions are my own. Stu Truly is a light-hearted MG about a boy whose family owns a butcher shop developing his first crush on the new girl at school, who is a vegetarian. Before he can stop himself, Stu announces that he is a vegetarian, too. This makes for a hilarious setup for their for their budding friendship, culminating in the town parade in which Stu's dad makes him dress up like a rack of ribs.

The author's dry humor is
Shan Salter
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Stu Truly By Dan Richards
(On sale date: 7/3/18)

Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

In this hilarious middle-grade novel a sixth-grader’s life is turned upside down by the arrival of a new girl. Stu is a video game loving, meat-eating guy who has never paid attention to girls. The arrival of vegetarian Becca changes everything. Suddenly Stu finds himself doing crazy things
Karen McKenna
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to read a copy through #LitReviewCrew, and my opinions are all my own. I will definitely be purchasing this novel for my classroom library. I fell in love with Stu Truly and his awkward first crush. As I was reading, I chuckled so many times! Dan Richards does an amazing job of portraying the angst that is middle school with all of its changing dynamics and confusion. Even though Stu lies to Becca, claiming he is also a vegetarian when his dad in fact owns the butcher shop ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
From the very first sentence of this book, I was on board and in love. Dan Richards has created a very real child in Stu Truly. This is a middle grade novel with quite a few morals (dealing mostly with lying and acceptance) but it never feels preachy or like it is pushing an agenda. And I love that it dealt with showing kids that healthy foods can be tasty! We have all dealt with being tempted to lie to make people like us more but Richards, though Stu, shows that being yourself is the best. He ...more
Adriana (SaltyBadgerBooks)
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Well I obviously loved it enough to finish it in one sitting! I first heard about the book because I follow the cover artist in Instagram and thought it was so adorable I needed to get my hands in it! So naturally the next time I went to the bookstore I had to hunt down a copy!

I thought this book was so adorable and awkward that I mean how could you not love it?! This was such a fun and fast read! How loved Stu and how dramatic he was, because let's face it middle school is the time to be overly
Tina Hoggatt
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book made me laugh, hard and that is an uncommon thing. Stu Truly hits the middle grade reader sweet spot - there is a great best friend (Ben), a worthy crush (Becca, who is almost perfect except for her vegetarianism), a central dilemma: Now that Stu Truly has blurted out that he's a vegetarian too, even though his family owns the town butcher shop, how is he going to keep Becca from finding out his dark secret? Add zombie fighting (Stu and Ben's favorite video game), a square dance gone w ...more
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is as adorable as one might expect and pitch perfect for a 7th grader. Very realistic depiction of the stirrings of first love/crushes and all the drama that goes with it.

Sex? No. That would be terrible as all the characters are 7th graders! It's mentioned that one couple kissed for the first time. All pretty innocent stuff.

Swearing/Profanity? Maybe a little? I don't remember anything jumping out.

Violence? No.

Magic? No.

LGBTQ + characters? Not specified.

Could a conservative Christian school
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The perfect book about being a teenager! Though I was never a teenage boy, I do recall many of these awkward moments where you hit yourself in your imagination for something stupid.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It wasn’t too fast, it didn’t drag on, and Stu is a like-able guy who makes a few naive mistakes. I chuckled out loud a few times, that’s for sure. Highly recommend to kids and adults alike!
Krissy Neddo
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this. It was funny right from the start. The boys at my school are less apt to pick up realistic fiction and tend towards sports, fantasy, historical action and nonfiction. I am not sure my 9-10 year old boys are ready for MS realistic fiction like the girls are. Would definitely buy if I was a MS librarian!
Oh Stu! What a hilarious story! I have yet to read a middle grade romance told from the boy’s point of view. Everything he is going through, all of his thoughts and silly mistakes, is absolutely real and hilarious.
Josh Newhouse
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 18sept
Really captures 6th grade jitters. A little pay ending but it’s just a nice read.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Great writing with just the right amount of detail. Funny and fascinating. I didn’t want to put it down.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Had me laughing out loud several times!
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Stu's coming-of-age story is truly hilarious. Truly.
While not a book that I necessarily loved, I do think that 4th through 6th grade boys will enjoy this one. Thank you to the #KidLitExchange for a review copy. All opinions are my own.

Stu Truly is your average 12 year old boy. He likes to play video games and hang out with his friends. He and his friends haven't really started having "relationships" but when Becca moves to town he is entranced. The comical part happens when Stu tells Becca that he is a vegetarian because she is and he is looking
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