Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Stu Truly

Monday, July 2, 2018

Book Review - Stu Truly

Stu Truly

About the Book

Stu Truly is the coming-of-age story of 12-year-old Stu as he struggles to navigate the murky waters of adolescence when he finds himself living a lie-that seems to be growing beyond his control-to impress the new girl in school.

When Stuart Cornelius Truly first sets eyes on the new girl, Becca, he staples his finger to his seventh-grade history assignment. The second time he sees her, he coughs up a bite of her lunch-a vegetarian roasted pepper sandwich-all over her sweater, and promptly lies, claiming that he, too, is a vegetarian. Their third encounter goes more smoothly, but Stu's lie turns out to be harder to keep than he expected, especially since his family owns a butcher shop.

In this hilarious, heartwarming, contemporary middle grade novel, Stu suddenly begins to realize the opposite sex exists (and isn't so bad, after all!). Can Stu learn to successfully navigate old friends, new crushes, and horror-filled school dances, or will his lie, intended to impress his crush, actually cause his world to fall apart?

My Take on the Book
This is such a fun book. My daughter is about the same age as the main character and as she read this I found her laughing. When I asked her about it, she let me know that she could relate to the characters in the book. This book really shows how things change as you get older and how you have to get comfortable with this change. The book has some very funny parts and captures well the awkwardness of the age and allows you to see the journey of self discovery that Stu is on. The book is a ton of fun and even as an adult I can say that it was a fun read too!

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