About the book:
Title: The Truth Commission
Author: Susan Juby
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, realistic fiction, mystery, young adult
This was going to be the year Normandy Pale came into her own. The year she emerged from her older sister’s shadow—and Kiera, who became a best-selling graphic novelist before she even graduated from high school, casts a long one. But it hasn’t worked out that way, not quite. So Normandy turns to her art and writing, and the “truth commission” she and her friends have started to find out the secrets at their school. It’s a great idea, as far as it goes—until it leads straight back to Kiera, who has been hiding some pretty serious truths of her own.
Source: Public library
How I Found Out About It: Goodreads
Review: This was quite the interesting, captivating book! I loved the writing style right from the start. It was just so unique, there was so much voice, and it really sounded like a teenager! I loved that the book was supposed to be a ‘creative non-fiction story’ that the main character was writing for school, the author seemed to really put on her thinking cap when writing this! The plot was so creative as well! Basically, the protagonist, Normandy, and three of her friends create a club called “The Truth Commission” (hence the name of the book) to learn about some of the secrets lurking around their school. Many of the students approached by members of the club found it easy and comforting to open up to them, and found out more about themselves by doing it. On the other hand, Normandy’s older sister Kiera is a popular graphic novelist, and when she comes back from her prestigious university, she seems very miserable and refuses to open up to anyone. Normandy knew something was up, but she could not get her sister to spill until late in the book. I won’t spoil what was wrong with Kiera, or the secrets of the kids at Normandy’s school. That’s up to you to find out yourself by reading this book! Everything about it is so distinct and unlike anything I’ve ever read before! In addition to the story and the writing, I absolutely adored the little drawings on some of the pages, some of them were so cute! Most books for young adults do not incorporate illustrations inside of them, and that’s what makes this one so exquisite! I would totally recommend this book to teens (anyone younger probably wouldn’t understand it) or older, as it will definitely suck you in!
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars!