Review: TRUE by Katherine Hannigan

True (. . . Sort Of) 
TRUE (…sort of)
Katherine Hannigan
368 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: April 26th, 2011
Source: ARC from Library
Rating: LOVED

True: Delly Pattison likes surpresents (presents that are a surprise). The day the Boyds come to town, Delly’s sure a special surpresent is on its way. But lately, everything that she thinks will be good and fun turns into trouble. She’s never needed a surpresent more than now.

True: Brud Kinney wants to play basketball like nothing anybody’s ever seen. When the Boyds arrive, though, Brud meets someone who plays like nothing he’s ever seen.

True: Ferris Boyd isn’t like anyone Delly or Brud have ever met. Ferris is a real mysturiosity (an extremely curious mystery).

True: Katherine Hannigan’s first novel since her acclaimed Ida B is a compelling look at the ways friendships and truths are discovered.

It’s all true ( . . . sort of).

   There’s a new kid in Delly Pattison’s class. She thinks the kid’s a boy but she doesn’t know for sure. Once Delly figures out the new kid’s name, Ferris Boyd, she also learns the rules. Ferris Boyd can’t talk and you’re not allowed to touch her. But Delly is trouble so how do you know she won’t touch Ferris? Becoming friends with shy and scared Ferris, Delly now knows that Ferris is a girl and that she’s afraid of a man in a green Impala. Can Delly help Ferris?

   This book is one of my top three favorite books. True, has a lot of things from a bad girl to a good and strong friendship. The book has a lot of ‘Dellyventures’ – one of Katherine Hannigan’s many made up words and meanings. Once I started reading this book I just couldn’t put it down and I never wanted the book to finish. If there is a second book, which I hope there is, I’m really looking forward to reading it. I’d say that True… Sort of, is the right book for people who like a little bit of mystery and a ton of adventure.

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This review was written by my 10 year old sister, Asma
and was posted on our library’s Kids Blog!


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    June 24, 2011

    I JUST found this book on Good Reads and put it on my TRL and then your interview popped up on Twitter. The book sounds great, I really have to read it now.

    (looks at time) Shoot, the book store's closed, sigh. Must wait.

    Great interview. Thanks for the recommendation!

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    Cozy in Texas

    June 24, 2011

    Cute cover.

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    March 31, 2012

    Very nice review. Sounds like a fun read.