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A powerful exploration of love, identity, and self-worth through the eyes of a fierce, questioning Puerto Rican teen.

Fifteen-year-old Verdad doesn't think she has time for love. She's still struggling to process the recent death of her best friend, Blanca; dealing with the high expectations of her hardworking Puerto Rican mother and the absence of her remarried father; an
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: September 3rd 2019 by Lerner/Carolrhoda Lab
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    Tucker
    May 17, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
    i truly adore the fact that self-imposed homophobia is going to be explored in this book. Way before I started identifying as gay, I was drowned in anxiety and self-loathing. I tried to avoid the lgbt community because every time I saw them, i felt crushed. to me, they seemed so happy in their identity while i was down here drowning in my own self-hatred and insecurity. this book looks like a winner
    Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Nov 17, 2017 marked it as releases-2019
    this blurb is actually so fantastic. questioning Puerto Rican main character dates trans boy and has to deal with the prejudice of her own family as well as her own internalized homophobia? like, okay, sign me up
    Jen Solak
    Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The story of Verdad is a story that could be labeled by some as overzealous because it deals with so many heavy topics, including gun violence, transphobia and homophobia, parental estrangement, gender and sexual identity, and racism. When you see that weighty list and the short number of pages you may think that this story can’t possibly fit it all in, but it does! To say that the book deals with too much would be to devalue the struggle so many of today’s teenagers are dealing with. This layer ...more
    Emily Knosher
    Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
    3.5 but rounded up to 4! This was such an amazing story! I honestly considered giving it a lower rating just because I'm not really sure how I felt about the writing, but I decided to round up because I liked the story. I appreciated the emphasis put on Verdad catching herself thinking in learned prejudices and showed her process of trying to unlearn them and educate herself. This book was a lot of material and messages packed into 251 pages, but nevertheless I enjoyed it!
    Olivia (SupernovaWrites)
    Special thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book early!
    I just can’t with this book or the MC Verdad. Full review to follow on my blog.
    TBW
    May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    A brilliant, beautiful, moving story of ecstasy and loss and tragedy and hope, The Truth Is demands to be read. The fast-moving plot bristles with literary and classical references, but the deepest insights—and there are plenty—come from the observations and conclusions of its main character, Verdad de la Reyna, an unforgettably brave and complicated heroine who confronts profoundly disturbing, real-world challenges with the help of friends, both present and past. Nonieqa Ramos follows up The Di ...more
    Mindy
    May 24, 2019 rated it liked it
    3.5/5

    **Disclaimer: I received a free electronic ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

    Honestly, I quite enjoyed this. It did take awhile for me to get into the story because the writing/format was kind of a bit much for me. For example, the way the people were labeled or referred to by their appearance kind of annoyed me (i.e. White Girl 1, White Girl 3, etc.) because it was confusing. I understand there was a reason for it because Verdad never had a reason to learn their names,
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    Danielle
    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advance review copy of this book!

    THE TRUTH IS by Nonieqa Ramos is the story of Verdad, a girl who is “book smart but emotionally - challenged”, navigating life after losing her best friend, Blanca, to gun violence. The truth is, Verdad doesn’t really know WHO she is without Blanca. That is, until Danny shows up at school. He (which Verdad eventually learns are his pronouns) suddenly makes Verdad see herself clearly... but not everyone is okay with thi
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    Olivia
    Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley.
    The Truth Is is such a great book. You can’t help but feel for Verdad as she tries to make sense in the complex issues of race, gender identity, belonging, sexuality, and sexual orientation, all white dealing with the violent death of her best friend. Ramos’s writing is raw and beautiful, and occasionally confusing, but that’s ok, because so are the things in Verdad’s head. I will definitely be recommending this book to others and checking out the a
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    Sarah Ressler Wright
    Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    EXCELLENT! I loved Nonieqa's first book, The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary, but this is even better. The voice is more polished but still angry, dealing with important issues in a real-life way. Amazing how much was in the book-divorce, homophobia, gun violence, homelessness, and more. A great read for students and adults to remind us the issues we often aren't aware of and how many different teens and adults deal with them.
    Mike
    Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Brilliant prose, intriguing plot, fully realized characters. I ordered a review copy because a colleague recommended Ramos as a writer/educator who is an ally/advocate for LGBTQ youth. I'm looking for material to use in schools because there is a dearth of literature representing these students. I was impressed by the social and emotional depth of this book. It goes deep while keeping the story engaging and entertaining. Perfect for students. This is one I will definitely use!
    Kat
    Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    #TheTruthIs #NetGalley
    A realistic and edgy read. The author uses mental health, LGBT, homelessness to create a novel filled with the realities that a great deal of teens face today. The main characters have great chemistry on the page and the story pulls hard at your heart strings because many young people have these challenges in their lives.
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the E-Arc copy of this novel.
    Hannah Roselyn Bloczynski
    I loved this book. I was a realistic story of queer multicultural family and love and how wonderful and beautiful and complicated it all is. I felt it was relatable no matter how you identify or who you love. It's a story of first love, loss, family, mental illness, acceptance, self-discovery and forgiveness. I highly recommend it for everyone.
    I was given a free copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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    Raised in the Boogie Down Bronx, NoNieqa Ramos is an educator, literary activist, and writer of picture books and young adult literature. She writes to amplify marginalized voices and to reclaim the lost history, mythology and poetry of the Latinx community. THE DISTURBED GIRL'S DICTIONARY was selected as the New York Public Library's Best Books 2018, YALSA's Best Books 2019, and earned an In the ...more
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