Truth or Dairyby Catherine Clark
She's humiliated, she's angry....and she's through with boys. Or least that's what she says.
This is the journal of Courtney Von Dragen Smith: middle child, product of divorce, would-be vegetarian. She writes the first mega-negative page the day after her boyfriend, "Such a Dave," breaks up with her because he's heading off to college. Angry and humiliated,
She's humiliated, she's angry....and she's through with boys. Or least that's what she says.
This is the journal of Courtney Von Dragen Smith: middle child, product of divorce, would-be vegetarian. She writes the first mega-negative page the day after her boyfriend, "Such a Dave," breaks up with her because he's heading off to college. Angry and humiliated, Courtney vows to survive senior year on the anti-guy plan. But can she really give up guys and focus on friends, school, and her job at the hip café Truth or Diary? Or will a stint in student government, an epileptic dog, and a guy named Grant ("like-the-lake") Superior turn her world upside down and prove her journal right?
It's true: life can get weirder.
2001 ALA Popular Paperback for YAs
SOURCE: VOYA, December2000 (Vol. 23, No. 5)
Read an Excerpt
How hurt do you have to be to sue for emotional distress?
Do you have to be completely devastated? Or can you just be extremely mad?
What about "really, really pissed off "? Does that hold up in court? I need to call Judge Judy. I need to be on Judge Judy. She'd rule in my favor. She would. After I made a devastating case against him. Which I think would be easy, even though I haven't exactly gotten into law school yet.
Is it bad form to drink a diet Squirt at 9 in the morning?
Well, I don't know, and I don't care. I don't even know why I'm writing this down�I don't keep a diary. But I have to jot this down�for history's sake. The History of Jerks.
Nothing I do could be in as bad form as what Dave did last night. I haven't even slept. Well, except from 4-8.
I can't believe I'm about to write this down. Dave actually broke up with me.
Broke up with me!
Sorry if I'm writing in really bad form, what Mr. Arnold calls "choppy" in my essays. But I feel a bit chopped up.
What was even worse than the fact he dumped me was how he did it. So tacky. Over the BBQ, while I watched my veggie burger burn, tempeh breaking down into flames like my life. I invite him over for a cookout, so we can plan how we're going to move all his stuff to Boulder next weekend. And he has a soda and some chips and then proceeds to tell me he's going to move on with his life now, thank you very much. Like I'll ever be able to eat again. He comes to my house and does this. Doesn't he know anything about how to break up with someone?
Oscar was running around the yard, yelping, like he does before a bigthunderstorm and during fireworks every July 4th. Animals can sense these kinds of things coming�why didn't I?
What follows is actually what he said. I'm not making this up. I wish I were.
"We'd probably break up in October anyway, so we might as well do it now, start the year free and clear."
Free and clear�that's like a deodorant, right? No, wait�that's a cell phone plan. Are you listening to the words coming out of your mouth, I wanted to say. Do you realize you are rhyming really offensive words, like "year" and "clear"?
"Yeah, and we'll probably die one day, so we might as well kill ourselves now," I said, following his brilliant logic.
"Courtney. Don't be like that," he said.
"Me? You're going to tell me how to be now?" That was when I got a little hysterical. Like he had the right to stand there and calmly eat barbecue-flavor potato chips and tell me my personality needed work. He's about as sensitive as a day-old hamburger bun. Which I wish I had served him. Maybe with nails inside the bun. He had orange-red powder on his lips from the chips and a speck or two on his soul patch. I was going to make fun of him, but I started thinking really depressing things like how I'd never kiss him again.
Then he thought he was getting through to me, because I was crying. So he went into his "this is really for your benefit" speech. "It'll be so different, with me away at college, I don't want to burden you or hold you back�"
"You're the one who doesn't want to be held back!" I said. "You don't want a high-school girlfriend. You want to go to frat parties and pick up girls�"
"I do not!" he said. "That's not why I'm doing this at all."
"Then why are you breaking up with me?" I said.
Ha. He didn't have a comeback for that.
But unfortunately I got caught up in staring at him while I waited for his comeback and I realized he was wearing that T-shirt I bought him when we went on that trip to Phoenix and Taos last spring and it's all faded now and looks really good on him because the washed-out blue kind of matches his eyes. And I got so furious at him for being able to look good while being such a jerk that I told him to leave.
"I'll call you," he said.
"Don't," I said, indignantly, like you're supposed to. Then he drove off, just like that, and I started bawling like a two-year-old. Okay, like Bryan when he was two years old.
People warned me about this. Said it might happen. Alison (supportive big sister as always) said we should break up, because "that kind of relationship never works."
"What kind?" I said.
"Long-distance," she said.
"He'll be in the next town," I said. "It's a half hour drive. When the traffic's bad." From Denver to Boulder is nothing, people do it every day as a commute. They have buses on the half-hour. Crowded ones. And we even live slightly on the west side of the city, which is that much closer. He could get here by bike, even.
"Same thing. You're not in school together anymore. It wouldn't work."
Well, sure, it definitely wouldn't work now. After all the stupid things he said, about how we needed to grow and how we might find out we wanted to get back together, but we'd cross that bridge when we came to it.
I'm not crossing that bridge. I'm not even looking for it on a map. As far as I'm concerned, I was on that bridge, and he cut the rope on the other side, and now I'm hanging over a raging river, and people are going by in their kayaks and laughing at me. You know, those people who are really good at kayaking and never take off their sandals, not even in the winter. I hate those people. I think kayaks should be banned, except that extremely buff guys seem to paddle them bare-chested a lot.
Meet the Author
Catherine Clark is the author of Picture Perfect, Wish You Were Here, So Inn Love, The Alison Rules, and many others. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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This book was about a girl named Courtney Von Dragen Smith a twelfth grader. The book is in journal form. Courtney starts her journal the day after her boyfriend Dave broke up with her, so she is very angry. She decides to vow to spend senior year single. Courtney and her friend work at a hot smoothie shop called Truth or Diary. Her friends persuade her to run for vice president and she wins. Her dog is epileptic and gets scared easily. Her dog runs away a few times and Grant, a guy from school, helps her find him. She eventually falls for Grant. I really liked this book. I like how the author wrote in journal form. I like reading books like that I have read a few in that style and I really liked them. I also liked it because we can almost relate since we are almost in high school.
This book was great. I read it in one day because i got so into it that i couldn't bear to put it down. This book was so funny and it also relates to a teenager's life. I highly reccommend it to girls 13 to 19.
This book was great! I just picked it off the library shelf and didn't expect much but it was hilarious. Most teens can relate to what this teen goes through. A good, light book to read.
This is a extremely cute book! Through out the book it keeps your wondering whether or not she will find the right guy for her and break her pact. You can't put the book down and once you are finished you're craving another. It is a wonderfully cute book! It truly is a fabulous book.
the author was really able to put the problems of todays youth into writing, you could almost see all the events unfolding like a movie playing inside your head
this book was so good..it was funny and entertaining while giving a message to teen girls that they can move on with there lives after being dumped..hope there is a second..great read 4 summer or whenever
i actually got the book on accident. i thought i grabbed a different book.but, lucy for me! it was one of the best books that i ever read! I was also sad when i finished the book. (wasn't the 2nd one called Wurst Case Senario?)
Truth Or Dairy is a great book! I read it in 1 sitting, at least the first time. I've read it about 20 times since. It's awesome! Oh, and to whoever asked, there is a sequel, WHATS THE WURST THAT COULD HAPPEN?. That is almost as good.
I can't help but read this book over and over again. I see myself in each of the characters. I read the book in one sitting; It kept me laughing the whole way through.
A hilarious book that keeps you reading for hours! I really enjoyed this book! Once I started reading it I couldn't stop! This book is a must read for teenage girls! It is a diary of a teenage girl that has broken up with her boyfriend and is trying to stay single for the rest of her senior year. Can she prove herself and her friends right by keeping her promise? I diffiantly give this book 5 stars!
well i got the book for christmas and i thought it was a nutrition book at first so i wasnt so interested. but then i started reading it and it just kept reminding me of me! courtney talks like me and acts like me it was just too good. when i was done reading it i wished i wasnt so then i could keep reading it. and i also wished there was like a sequal to the book. is there????? PLEASE let me know. i really really enjoyed it. i give it 5 stars!!!
I would give Truth or Dairy 5 stars ! Its a great book ! I think it teaches you a thing or two. Its one of those books where you don't ever want the story to end. Its about a girl who gets dumped right before she starts her senior year of High School. Her boyfriend is going to a college about a half a hour away. So he tells her that he thinks they will brake up soon so they should brake up now. Courntey (the girl that gets dumped is so upset about what happens). She can't get over the fact that her boyfriend dumped her . She works in a cafe called Truth or Dairy. She also thinks about running for student council to make her college application look good and also to get her mind off Dave (her ex). When you read her journal (the book) it will be about her trying to give up guys because she so mad at Dave. Also her friends, school , and her job at Truth or Dairy.