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Seventeen-year-old Cordelia Koenig was sure of many things going into her last year of high school. For one, she wasn’t going to stress over the senior project all her peers were dreading—she’d just use the same find-your-roots genealogy idea that her older sister used for hers. Secondly, she’d put all that time spent not worrying about the project toward getting reacquain ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: October 13th 2020 by Quill Tree Books
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Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A seemingly simple senior genealogy project turned into a life altering discovery for eighteen year old Cordelia Koenig. After receiving her DNA results, Cornelia now knew why she always seemed to not quite fit in with the rest of her family. Told through texts, emails, and poetry, Cordelia goes through an emotional journey of self discovery. But during that journey, she became so self absorbed that she neglected and lied to the people who most loved her.

Some parts of this story were a bit frus
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Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
**June 24th update**
I read this in one day which RARELY happens! This book was so emotional, complicated, sad but also beautiful and a rare gem of a book. I cared for Cordelia so much and I loved seeing her grow and discover herself. Plus a great book with an awesome father figure!! Please please read this when it comes out later this year! ♥️♥️♥️♥️ Review now on the blog

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I AM ready for this book! A girl who has a genealogy test done and learns about her re
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Deborah Maroulis
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this incredible book. If you like:

-multimedia storytelling
-sciency girls
-family intrigue, and
-swoony boys...

This book is for you! I can’t wait to show off copies to my students!!!
Vanessa Palensky
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lucky me! I also had the privilege of getting my grabby hands on an early copy of The Truth Project. This book, people! You will laugh, cry, pause... sink deep into the heartfelt poetry, and when your finished, wait ever so impatiently to read what's next from Dante Medema.
Laurie Flynn
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an utterly original book. It's completely different from anything I've read before. The writing is lyrical and luminous, the characters feel real, and the themes-- including family, identity, and seeking your truth-- will deeply resonate with readers. I'm so fortunate I was able to read this early! Dante Medema is a writer to watch.
Betty Culley
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I curled up on the couch and could not put down this book!
Poet Cordelia does a senior project about her family's genealogy and learns that the father who raised her is not her biological father.
Written with poems, emails, texts, and beautiful verse, this is a novel about identity, family, friendship and love. You'll want to read this and every other book Dante Medema writes!
Marie
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2020-releases
Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)
Diversity: Half-Asian, lesbian main character, Asian and Indian side characters, main character with Tlingit origins.

What a beautiful book. I fell in love with the words and the story and, even if I'm not used to novels in verse, I found it so easy to be captivated by this one. I loved Cordelia's journey SO much and definitely recommend this book. I can't wait to read more
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Alicia
Cordelia is embroiled in a crisis when she decides to merge her passion for poetry with her senior project about her heritage. It was going to be a disaster from the start since Cordelia always felt different from the rest of her sisters. And her DNA profile gives her what she suspected: that her dad is not her biological father.

The unfolding includes a small group of Cordelia’s inner circle- her best friend Sana, a lost love Kodiak who had hurt of his own (from the past year of being a bad boy
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Erica
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book perfectly captures that am-I-adopted? feeling of familial dissonance I remember having so clearly as a teenager. I would have loved this book as a teen--its big emotions, its characters trying to figure out who they are and what they want and making mistakes along the way.

I was surprised to find that a novel mostly in verse could be so gripping--Medema's plot is as well-developed as her beautiful language. I read the whole thing in just a few sittings and finished it with tears in my
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hayaat ♥
Apr 24, 2020 marked it as to-read
GIVE IT TO ME. NOW.
Liz Lawson
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
READ THIS BOOK.

(more full review TC. But honestly, this book is incredible. Read it.)
Cody Roecker
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Books like these remind me of the love of reading, the love of poetry, the love of creating powerful narratives. Books like these are why I want to write. This is it.
Jules Hucke
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
It’s a hella cool trick to tell an entire novel’s worth of twisty-turney story via poetry, and I’m always in awe of anyone who can pull it off. This one is no exception. Relationships bloom and die and bloom again; the complexities of family relationships are depicted with grace and grit. The main character travels an arc that forces her to question her loyalties—never easy for anyone, but particularly difficult for a teen. I loved the story’s tone of melancholy hope, and I look forward to readi ...more
L.M. Pierce
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stunning, gripping - discovering you're so much different, and yet also the same. Through the relationships with our families, friends, and the world, we come to understand ourselves. But anyone who has ever felt "outside" of their family, or wondered how they truly became who they are, will be moved to tears of sorrow and then absolute joy by Cordelia's journey! I'm not even a big crier and this story had me weeping - the ending brings it all to spectacular conclusion. The question of how we de ...more
Jessica Kelley
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was SO GOOD. I was lucky enough to get to beta read The Truth Project. I was blown away by how heartfelt, honest, and beautiful the book is, and how well Dante navigated her story through prose. As an adopted kid who found her biological dad online, this book hit close to home, and the emotional journey felt so relatable and definitely had me sobbing a few times.
Side note: I'm Kodiak's #1 fan. I LOVE him.

Lauren
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful novel in verse about a teen who discovers, through her senior genealogy project, that her father isn’t her biological father.

The emotional journey of self discovery that follows is raw and tangible. A lovely, lyrical book about the complications of family and identity.
Liona Neal
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait for the release. The little preview of the book sounds great. I know it will be one I can't put down.
Laura Namey
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A stunning debut in verse full of honesty and heart. And that cover!!!! Swoon
Kelsey (Bookishly Nerdy)
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this to review. This book was and incredibly emotional story about identity and trying to figure out who you are. The plot of this story is so creative, and that is one of the major reasons I wanted to read it. I loved the exploration of trying to find who you, especially when you're a teenager. There is this feeling of pressure that you have to have everything figured out, but it is okay to not be sure and to keep searching. There is a strong theme of lonelin ...more
Kelsey (Bookishly Nerdy)
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this to review. This book was and incredibly emotional story about identity and trying to figure out who you are. The plot of this story is so creative, and that is one of the major reasons I wanted to read it. I loved the exploration of trying to find who you, especially when you're a teenager. There is this feeling of pressure that you have to have everything figured out, but it is okay to not be sure and to keep searching. There is a strong theme of lonelin ...more
Abigail Singrey
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
DNA doesn’t lie. It doesn’t care if it hurts you or makes you question your identity either.

Cordelia has never quite felt like she fit into her family. She jokes that she’s the .5 kid in the average family of 2.5 kids. But when she chooses to get her DNA results as part of her senior project on identity, she finds a bit more truth than she was looking for. When she finds out that the man who raised her isn't her biological father, it sends her on a quest to find out where she belongs.

Meanwhile
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paperbackfruit
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.25

Thank you to Unplugged Book and Edelweiss for this ARC. In exchange, here is my honest review.

As a poet, I adore the poetry style of writing. Moreover, the author also incorporated email and texting formats. The characters are all quite to-the-extreme, but relatable (depending on the reader, because each character is very different). Actually, reading about these characters made me reflect on myself and my actions.

The protagonist went through a tough time and made some “bad choices” –– she
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Lisa Konet
I don't remember if this was categorized as young adult or not but I don't care. This book was great and so emotional. Cordelia Koenig just like her older sister Bea has a senior project to complete in order to graduate. They each do a DNA test for their ancestry, Cordelia's is different in that she ties in her results with her love of poetry writing. Things get very complicated after the results and her best friend Sana does not always see eye to eye with her decisions but supports her anyway a ...more
Jen
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, ebook, arc
Told through a series of emails, texts, and free verse poetry, The Truth Project tells a story of finding oneself and discovering that the family you choose is more important than the family DNA gives you.

A senior in high school, Cordelia was on the right track. She had early acceptance to college, loving parents - a typical model daughter. But when she consulted an ancestry site for her senior project and found unexpected results, Cordelia's whole world went into a tailspin. Caught between kno
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Sharon
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Written in texts, e-mails and verse, the author manages to put a lot of emotion into every page.

Cordelia does a senior project about her family's genealogy, doing a DNA test, and learns what she has long suspicioned - she just never feels like she is a perfect fit within her family. She learns that the father who raised her is not her biological father. Cordelia shares her thoughts and feelings with all those around her, Sana, who has plenty of issues of her own to deal with; Kodiak, who got wa
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A.J.
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-nos, contemporary, arc, 2020
This book is stunningly beautiful. I read it in a sitting and the ending got me teary-eyed. I'm pretty new to novels-in-verse. I never gravitated toward them as a kid, or even as an adult, possibly because I'm autistic and find a lot of the metaphorical language that seems to come standard in poetry difficult to parse.

I'm so glad being part of debut authors' ARC tours this year has given me the opportunity to read more novels-in-verse though. Dante Medema's THE TRUTH PROJECT is a prime example o
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Shannon Takaoka
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, roaring20sdebut
I read this book in one sitting. I loved the unconventional structure - the novel alternates between texts, emails and verse - which makes for a reading experience that's immediate, hard-to-put-down, and incredibly beautiful and lyrical. As Cordelia grapples with the unexpected results of a genetic test she takes for a school ancestry project, my heart ached for her. She's confused by what she's uncovered, and the foundations that she thought were firm beneath her have turned out to be not as so ...more
jjl
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley for this eARC to read and review

I love that this is a story told in verse, text, and email. I think this will really be something students will latch on to and enjoy. It was a great way to read a story and possibly might be really accessible to reluctant readers. It is a coming of age story of a young girl who is looking to someday leave her small Alaskan town, and the discovery of who she is which I think will also really resonate with teens.

I felt like this was an honest st
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LenaMarie
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Truth Project is an interesting read! Feeling a sense of not really belonging leads to a DNA search as part f a school project. Lots of life lessons in this book! Things are not always what they seem to be and sometimes the grass does look greener on the other side. Teens will like this story as it connects to friendships, family issues, finding a sense of belonging, and exploring who we are - or who we think we are. This book is well written and holds the reader's attention. This will be on ...more
Teresa
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley for this ARC of The Truth Project by Dante Medema.

This is a story told in verse form, or through dialogues via email/text. It was a different and interesting way to read a story. Ultimately it's about a young girl who is looking to someday leave her small Alaskan town, and perhaps more about who she is.

I felt like this was an honest and heartbreaking story, and it shines a light on how mistakes of our past can effect us for years. I did find myself frustrated with pretty muc
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Dante Medema is an author of books for young readers. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband, four daughters, and room full of alien memorabilia—and books, of course. When she’s not writing, she dabbles in baking, decorating, painting, sewing, and reading up on enneagram personality types.

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