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One Speck of Truth

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A heartwarming and poignant story that explores the bonds of family and the importance of knowing your own history, from the critically acclaimed author of My Life with the Liars and the ALA Notable Book Forever, or a Long, Long Time

Alma has everything she needs, except answers to her questions. Her mother won’t tell her why her beloved stepfather, Adam, is suddenly gone t
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by HarperCollins
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I don't really know what to say about this book. I just genuinely didn't like it. The only thing that I enjoyed about this book was the best friend. The best friends was so nice to read about, she brought to interesting conflicts to the story without it being too contrived. Besides her the mother was despicable, the daughter was irritating and selfish, all the other characters we bland. They sometimes said things and all I could think was "you can't be this dumb". I started to enjoy it near the ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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Alma has been raised by her single mother since the death of her Portuguese father when she was young. Her mother had attended college in Lisbon, where the two met, and has steadfastly refused to answer any questions about Alma's father. She won't even say where he is buried, which has led to an obsession with finding this out. Alma's best friend Julia always sticks by her. Recently, the mother has split from Adam, her husband, who was very fond of Alma but will not tell
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading One Speck of Truth was like climbing the old, narrow stairs in Lisbon; Caela Carter offered glimpses of beauty along the climb, but obscured the full truth until the end. Like Alma, I missed seeing some of the truth that should have been visible and thought I knew what had only been implied.

Alma was a compelling character with a strong motivation and the fault of short-sightedness (and not the kind that could be fixed by her big green glasses). Only later in the story did I recognize ho
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade

When I started this book, after the first 30 or so pages, I was very nervous because I didn't really like any of the characters? The mother was pretty terrible, and while I can't fault Alma too much for her behavior given who her mother is + her age I wasn't really feeling connected to her either. Now, characters I can't relate with I can usually handle but the writing wasn't really adding anything to the story. It felt dull, and sometimes forced. It was disappointing since Forever, or a Long
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was filled with questions and the answers were too few or too late. Alma was a sympathetic character and I found her understandable. Her mother Mercy was off the charts unbelievable. How could you not tell a 12-year-old she is switching schools and moving out of the country before the first day of school, especially when you are farming her out to the home of her best friend most of the summer. Don't even get me started on the American grandparents. The only adult characters I liked we ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I appreciated the real, flawed characters in this story. For me, it was a page-turning, tear-jerking thriller, and my heart connected with Alma as she obsessed over finding her dad. Lots of complex relationships and bumpy self-discovery that resolve in a middle grade-appropriate way when Alma learns that being vulnerable with the people you love is the way to create true familial bonds.

The only downside was I felt like the Mom’s behavior in Pittsburgh flirted with mental illness in a way that wa
Shirley Freeman
Twelve year old Alma's life has been consumed by questions - primarily about her apparently deceased father. Alma's mother and grandparents excel at prevarication and never answer her questions. Both Alma and her mother grow up a bit in this coming-of-age story about discovering family, practicing and trusting good communication, and aligning reality with expectations.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was given an advanced copy from Edelweiss for my honest review, here it is. The fact that there was not one single adult who would stand up to her mother for this poor girl's sake really made me angry.
Librarian Lynne
Liked the setting in Lisbon, Portugal but the characters were annoyingly unrealistic in both their treatment of others & their acceptance of the treatment by others.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 10-14
An unsettling story of family, disruption, and the insatiable need to answer questions, even if the search and knowledge come at a great expense.

Alma's mother is controlling, to say the least, and not at all forthcoming with information about Alma's father. Alma's only friend, Julia, joins Alma's on furtive missions to local cemeteries in the hopes of finding Alma's dad. Alma buries scraps of paper with questions, hoping one day the answers will be revealed. Alma's stepfather effectively vanish
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Caela Carter grew up in Basking Ridge, NJ and Baltimore, MD. She's been writing since she learned how to pick up a pen but before the writing thing got serious she spent six years teaching English to middle and high school students in Jacksonville, FL and Chicago, IL. Her debut novel, ME, HIM, THEM AND IT was published in 2013 by Bloomsbury. When she's not writing, Caela is a teacher of some aweso ...more