Kid reviews for Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel

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age 12+

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Parents say

age 10+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 19 reviews

age 12+

THIS BOOK SUCKS

i hate this book so much it has absolutely no plot and the main character who is usually the good guy is actually the antagonist who has terrible morals and is so childish. most of the other characters are irrelevant and change nothing about the book. its just pages that have words on them it shouldn't qualify as a story it is so bad. DON'T READ THIS BOOK its a waste of time
age 9+

Boring and Anticlimactic

I had to read this book for school and it was dreadful. The plot is incredibly boring, and the ending is anticlimactic, and doesn’t even come to a good conclusion. The protagonist is rude and annoying, and has little respect for authority. The only thing that made it bearable was the fact that it’s written only in dialogue, not even in script format. Normally, I wouldn’t like that, but it meant that I could get through it quickly. In conclusion, only read this book if you either hate good literature, or you have to.
age 11+

teaches a great lesson

I read this book in school, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is about a kid who lied and how that affected him. It teaches a great lesson but leaves you with a cliffhanger at the end. there is one mention of b**** but its only once and not that bad. I definitely recommend this book :)

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age 12+

Disappointing

I read this book for a project and honestly, it was just okay. If I had the choice to read it I wouldn't again. If you want to use this as a book to debate on in class, I would suggest you to do so. It was just really boring and at some points it felt like it was dragging for me.

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age 7+

Cliffhanger

The book ended right when it got interesting.

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Too much swearing
age 2+

2nd worst book I have ever read

We had to read this book in school. This is the WORST book I have every read. The plot is EXTREMELY boring - THERE IS NOTHING INTERESTING AT ALL. It seems like that this book has been written to increase children's approval of English teachers. IT ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT depict high school life with accuracy. High school life is much more advanced. DON'T READ IT!
age 12+

dont read waste of time!

This book is so boring dont read it!

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Too much swearing
age 12+

Good for tweens.

The way it's written is sort of cunfusing, plus the ending will make you completely wish you hadn't read it.

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Too much swearing
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Great role models
age 10+

Great book

I love this book we read it in summer school and it is actually intresting!
age 12+

Good message, boring plot

This book is about being responsible for your actions. It shows how one small thing can lead to a nation-wide scandal. The book sends out a very positive message, but, personally, I thought it was extremely boring. The plot wasn't engrossing, the only reason I read ahead was to see if it got better. The student was very disrespectful toward the teacher and literature in general. Also, I thought that the idea of the book was genius, but the way it was expressed seemed stupid to me - I mean, all this because a boy was singing to the national anthem? Seems pathetic to me. Now, Avi is a great author, but I'd say this is far from his best book. I wouldn't recommend it if you were looking for an interesting book to read.

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