The Truth Is Explores Love, Identity, and Self-Worth

October 1, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS, MN— Uncover the challenges of expectations and identity in The Truth Is, coming this fall from Carolrhoda Lab®, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group™. Written by The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary author NoNieqa Ramos, this beautifully moving novel follows fifteen-year-old Verdad as she stumbles through an adolescence full of tragedy, self-discovery, and hope.

Verdad doesn’t think she has time for love. She’s too busy 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 school who happens to be trans, all 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.

The Truth Is offers a complex look at a brilliant, queer, neurodifferent girl, the mother who loves but doesn’t understand her, and a group of homeless kids who accept Verdad for who she is—even as she’s still figuring that out.

Advance Praise for The Truth Is:
“NoNieqa Ramos’s unflinching 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

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Carolrhoda Lab® is dedicated to distinctive, provocative, boundary-pushing fiction for teens. From Michael L. Printz Award Honorees to a National Book Award Finalist, Carolrhoda Lab novels probe and examine the young-adult condition one novel at a time, affording YA authors and readers an opportunity to explore and experiment with thoughts, ideas, and paradigms in the human condition.

The Truth Is
September 2019
$18.99 Hardcover, Jacketed
eBook Also Available
Ages 14–18
HC: 978-1-5415-2877-2
272 Pages ● 5 1/2 × 8 1/4

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