A powerful exploration of love, identity, and self-worth through the eyes of a fierce, questioning Puerto Rican teen.
Fifteen-year-old Verdad doesn't think she has time for love. She's still struggling to process the recent death of her best friend, Blanca; dealing with the high expectations of her hardworking Puerto Rican mother and the absence of her remarried father; and keeping everyone at a distance. But when she meets Danny, a new guy at schoolwho happens to be transall bets are off. Verdad suddenly has to deal with her mother's disapproval of her relationship with Danny as well as her own prejudices and questions about her identity, and Danny himself, who is comfortable in his skin but keeping plenty of other secrets.
In her luminous, raw, and open-hearted exploration of identity, grief and first love, NoNieqa Ramos has created an unforgettable character in Verdad. The Truth Is offers a complex look at a brilliant, queer, neurodifferent girl, the mother who loves but doesn't understand her, and a fabulously drawn group of street kids who can't save themselves but just might save her. A brilliantly written breathtaking book. I couldn't put it down!
Michelle Ruiz-Keil, author of All of Us with Wings
A brilliant, beautiful, moving story of ecstasy and loss and tragedy and hope, The Truth Is demands to be read. The fast-moving plot bristles with literary and classical references, but the deepest insightsand there are plentycome from the unforgettable observations and conclusions of its main character, Verdad de la Reyna, an unforgettably brave and complicated heroine who confronts profoundly disturbing, real-world challenges with the help of friends, both present and past. Nonieqa Ramos follows up The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary with another superb novel guaranteed to break the reader's heart before trying to mend it."
Tom Wilinsky and Jen Sternick, authors of Snowsisters
NoNieqa Ramos's un-flinching voice and writing style continues to cement her as a force to be reckoned with in the YA world.
Mia García, author of The Resolutions
About the Author
Raised in the Boogie Down Bronx, NoNieqa Ramos is an educator and literary activist. She wrote the young adult novel The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary. She believes Halloween is a lifestyle, not a holiday. If you're in Virginia, you might catch NoNieqa getting motorcycle lessons from her soulmate Michael or going indie bookstore hopping with her preciosos Jandi and Langston. Connect with her works on www.nonieqaramos.com or on the Latinx collective www.lasmusasbooks.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
TITLE: The Truth Is PUB Date: Sept 3, 2019 THOUGHTS: Nonieqa Ramos gives us a very poignant story about Verdad dela Reyna, a brave heroine, forced to face heavy issues - concurrent to what teens are currently facing today. The writing uses the vernacular of the young adult audience - through the use of hashtags, tag-handles, text conversations, all within the social media realm. This is a story of love and exploration, sexuality and sexual orientation, single home life and homelessness, mental health and mental strength. The story intertwines beautifully the power of acceptance, forgiveness and love. Additionally, I love how this book touches on the LGBTQ issues and the challenges of how teens manage the complexities of daily life.
The Truth Is by NoNieqa Ramos . The story of Verdad, a questioning teen who falls for a transgendered classmate, while coping with PTSD & depression after her best friend's death, and having to deal with not only an absent father, but also a mother who does not approve/accept what Verdad is uncovering about her sexuality, which ultimately leads to Verdad finding solace in a group of misfit teens who happen to also be outcasts not only from society, but from their homes as well. Phew! Try saying THAT run-on sentence three times fast! There is SO much going on in the life of this young girl that as soon as you start reading, there is no looking back. . I LOVED Verdad's voice. Her story is told in first person and so much of what she said and how she said it, is perfectly reminiscent of the teens of today. She is honest, sarcastic, insecure, humorous, strong and intelligent. She is going through an extremely difficult point in her life and it shows. I could FEEL her anxiety through her words and was cheering for her the whole time. Just hoping, wishing, and praying this girl could catch a break! . Verdad's references to literature throughout the book were probably one of my favorite details. ❤️