The Honest Truth- Review and Storyline

The Honest Truth is a story about a boy named Mark who runs away from home. Mark has cancer and knows that he has very few days of his life left. He doesn’t want to spend these days pitied by his family, friends and acquaintances. Therefore, he decides to take his pet dog, Beau and leave his house.

Mark has had a long-time wish to climb Mount Rainer. He believes he would give some meaning to his life by attempting to do so. He thinks it is better to die climbing than die on a hospital bed.

Mark has a friend Jess, who, he decides to inform before leaving. He leaves her a note, telling her where he is heading and what he plans to do. While Jess feels happy that Mark trusted her with the secret, the note leaves her in a moral dilemma of whether to tell Mark’s parents and break Mark’s trust Or stay quiet and let Mark die alone.

When Mark’s parents find Mark missing, panic strikes, and they desperately start search attempts to find him. Meanwhile, Mark and Beau are alone, with little to eat and no shelter above their head. They go through hardships and encounter pleasant, helpful, and some not-so-nice people. But they are together, and that gives them strength.

Mark overcomes his struggles and hardships and manages to reach the foot of the mountain. He is more determined than ever to make the journey that he had planned. But this journey will take much work for Mark and Beau. The weather is terrible, the mountain is covered with snow, and both of them are not in the best condition to take up a strenuous activity of that measure.

Do they finally make it? Does Jess reveal Marks secret? Do his parents finally find him? Read the book to know more.

This is a worded book meant for middle school children. The storyline has some obvious loopholes, but the part about Mark and Beau’s companionship and the friendship between Mark and Jess are heartwarming. Also, the ending leaves the reader with an afterthought about what and who is important in our lives and what makes our life more meaningful.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ SCHOLASTIC; Reprint edition (1 Dec. 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 229 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0545665744
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0545665742
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 – 12 years

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