One for the Books “The Lies About Truth”


Caleb Buford

Kaitlyn Craig , Columnist & Human Interest Coordinator

Books have the power to teach important lessons to a mass quantity of people. Authors can choose which audience they want to speak to, and what they want to say to those people. One book that teaches one of the most important life lessons is the book “The Lies About Truth” by Courtney Stevens. This story teaches many fantastic lessons, some including, true friends will stay with you through the good and the bad, self confidence can be gained by being your true self, and that if you try hard enough, you can truly accomplish anything.

This novel follows the life of Sadie Kingston, a teenage girl who is trying to get her life back to how it was in the past. A few months before the beginning of the novel, Sadie suffered a fatal car accident with her friends. All of them survived but one, her friend Trent, the driver of the vehicle. During the accident, Sadie was thrown from the car and left with scars all over her face, arms, and legs. Because of these scars, Sadie is very self conscious about her appearance, so much so that she wears long sleeves and jeans all the time even though it is Florida and the middle of summer. On her quest to get herself to an altered state of “normalcy”, Sadie writes lists in the sand, on dust on old cars, and anywhere she can, of things she wants to accomplish to heal herself. Things such as kissing someone without flinching, wear short sleeves in public, and even forgive her friends Gina and Gray, who caused the accident, they had to stop in the middle of the road, and so in order to not hit them, Sadie and her other friends in the car, swerved and hit a tree. To find out the rest of the story and about Sadie’s journey, you will have to read it for yourself!

To be completely honest, this was one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It was absolutely fantastic and very hard to put down. I read the last 120 pages in one sitting because I couldn’t stop. This book teaches a beautiful lesson that you have to love yourself for you, and that you have to have a group of supportive friends in order to get through the hard times. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a meaningful story that can completely change your perspective and show you little things that you normally would take for granted. If you want to formulate your own opinion, you can find this book at our own Manchikanti Library, or any other bookstore! I would give this book a 5/5.