Book Review|The Porcupine of Truth

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week so far. Now you can hopefully relax! Today I am going to be doing a book review. As you can tell by the title, I am going to be reviewing The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg. This is the second book by the author. You can find the first book’s review here. Without further ado, here we go!


Title: The Porcupine of Truth

Author: Bill Konigsberg

# of pages: 336
Genre: LGBTQ, Adventure
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 stars
Amazon Rating: 4.7/5 stars

Amazon Summary:

Carson Smith is resigned to spending his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mom take care of his father, a dying alcoholic he doesn’t really know. Then he meets Aisha Stinson, a beautiful girl who has run away from her difficult family, and Pastor John Logan, who’s long held a secret regarding Carson’s grandfather, who disappeared without warning or explanation thirty years before. Together, Carson and Aisha embark on an epic road trip to find the answers that might save Carson’s dad, restore his fragmented family, and discover the “Porcupine of Truth” in all of their lives.”


Critic Reviews (Credit Given):

* “A friendship between a straight boy and a lesbian is relatively rare in YA fiction and is, accordingly, exceedingly welcome. And that’s the truth.” — Booklist, starred review


* “Konigsberg weaves together a masterful tale of uncovering the past, finding wisdom, and accepting others as well as oneself.” — School Library Journal, starred review


“Bill Konigsberg’s The Porcupine of Truth is at once heartwarming and heartbreaking, a funny and thought-provoking road trip with remarkable friends Carson and Aisha, who share tough lessons about mending fractures, forging bonds, and discovering grace. Undeniably human and unforgettably wise, this book is a gift for us all.” — Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle and Winger


My Thoughts:

This was an amazing book! It’s the first time I’ve seen a straight boy and a lesbian be friends anywhere. This book is about Carson finding out about his grandpa’s past. At the beginning of the story, Carson meets Aisha. He falls in love with her at first but then learns that she’s a lesbian. Carson and Aisha become extremely close. His dad is an extreme alcoholic who is dying. Carson decides that he needs to find his grandfather and reunite him with his dad before he dies. Aisha and Carson travel across the country to find his grandfather following clues from people they don’t even know. To find out if they find his grandfather and more, read the book 🙂 I rated this 4.5/5 stars because there is some breaking and entering. I don’t think it was the best choice that could’ve been made. I hope more authors can put  diverse friendships like this in YA.


That’s a wrap! This is a great book. I definitely recommend it. Do you want to read this book after this review? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

WWW Wednesday (#24)

Hey everyone! Just a quick little thing before I begin this post. I am closing in on 200 WordPress followers. A few days ago I asked you guys to give me some questions. Y0u can find that here. I just wanted to mention this so I could have a good sized Q&A post for you guys. Thanks!


Today is Wednesday and that means it’s time for WWW Wednesday. This meme is currently hosted by the wonderful @Sam. Go check out her blog if you haven’t already! To participate in this meme, all you have to do is answer three questions:

What did you recently read?

What are you currently reading?

What are you going to read?

Without further ado, here we go!!


Recently Read:

This was an amazing book! I will be doing a review ASAP 😀

This was a great book. It’s a Tween book but I’ll probably still do a review since it was very good.

This was a fast yet satisfying read!

Currently Reading:

This is a pretty good book so far. I didn’t like the format at first but now I’m starting to enjoy it.

Going to Read:

That’s it so far!


That’s a wrap! How was your reading this week? Link your WWW or let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s WWW Wednesday!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie!

Hey everyone! It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday. This meme is hosted by the bookworms @ The Broke and the Bookish. You should definitely check them out! This week’s theme is a FREEBIE! Since it hasn’t been done yet for this meme, I will be doing ten LGBTQ books I’ve read.  Without further ado, here we go!


TEN LGBTQ Books I’ve Read:

  1. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

The main character is a boy who goes back into the closet when he starts a all boys boarding school.


2. The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg

One of the books I have to review. One of the main characters, a boy, has an alcoholic dad. The other is a lesbian. They go on an exciting adventure to find the grandpa of the boy. Will they find him? Read the book to find out!


3. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

The main character is a boy named Simon whose secretly gay. He has an adorable email relationship with a boy named Blue. All Simon knows is that Blue goes to his school.


4. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the Sun

The main characters are twins. One is in love with a biker. The other is gay and in love with the new neighbor. Something happens that makes the twins not talk to each other and avoid all contact. Do they make up and become close again? Read the book to find out!


5. Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day (Every Day, #1)

A book about a person who changes bodies every day. They live a different life everyday but are always in love with the same girl.


I could only think of five. I feel like I’ve read more LGBTQ books than that! Have you read any of these books? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Top Ten Tuesdays

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀