Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com
This is a very short little book that delivers a big punch.
It is written in the form of a diary. The writer is a 12-year-old girl in an era before the big technology boom. There are no cell phones or computers. It reminded me of when I grew up.
But the questions and the observations that "the girl" writes about are just as timely today. Subjects such as when will I get my first bra? Does a certain boy love me as much as I love him? Why can't my parents get along? It has many truths that I believe if we all followed them the world would be a lot better off.
At the back of the book there are questions that the author, who happens to be a psychologist, wrote directed to the kids who read this book. These questions could also be used by a mother/daughter team reading this book together. They have a lot of depth and could make talking to each other a little easier.
After reading THE TRUTH (I'M A GIRL, I'M SMART, AND I KNOW EVERYTHING), I learned to remember to make all of my kids in my class feel more welcome. I can do this by not ever picking athletic teams and by not belittling questions asked. I already knew this but sometimes a little reminding is good, especially when it is right before a new school year.
All in all, a very pleasant read.
The Girl is in fifth grade, she's in love with the new boy in school, she hates it when her parents fight, and she's here to tell us The Truth. The Truth is 115 pages of observations told from the perspective of a young girl on the verge of adolescence. She isn't a girl growing up in the 21st century, she is a girl of a past generation, but she still talks about many things young girls today can relate to - boys, school, parents, siblings, friends, teachers, growing up. This is also a wonderful book for the parents of girls. Sometimes it's hard for adults to remember what childhood feels like, this book helps bring some of that back, and helps build understanding across the generations.