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The Book of One Hundred Truths by Julie Schumacher
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Jun 15, 2007

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This book is about Thea, a liar. She begins lying as a way to cope with a tragedy involving her best friend. When she goes away for her annual summer visit to her grandmother, her mother gives her a notebook and tells her to use it to write "100 truths" before the end of the summer. The book of 100 truths provides a flimsier spine for the story than you'd expect, and it seems to be there purely so the author can tantalize us with whatever the "tragedy" is. The plot felt thin, but one thing I did appreciate was Julie's ability to capture the "family-reunion" dynamic on paper. I really felt the constant movement at Thea's grandmother's house, and while only Thea and her sister Jocelyn were really central to the plot, the comings and goings of all the other aunts, uncles, and cousins added a layer of interest.

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