Monday, December 13, 2010

Book Review: The Truth of the Matter


I love juvenile fiction.  When I think about books I have loved and that have made the biggest impact on me, I think of the books I read during my youth.  Those books are what made me want to write.  And I hope to publish books for the young adult world someday.  So I was happy to see a juvenile fiction book up for review.

The Truth of the Matter by Andrew Klavan is a jam-packed, suspense-filled story about Charlie West, a teenager who has found himself framed for murder and tangled up with a terrorist group that wants only one thing: his death.  He's running from both the law and the bad guys and seems to be a man without a country.  Oh, and one other thing...he's lost his memory.  The past year of his life is one big gray cloud and in that cloud probably lies the answers to why everyone is after him.

First of all, it is important to note that this is book three in a series called The Homelanders.  I must not have been paying attention when I requested this book to the fact that this one was part of a series, so I came in a little late in the game.  However, Mr. Klavan did an excellent job of filling in the pieces.  It would have been nice to start at the beginning, but it wasn't completely necessary.  Second, even for fiction this seemed so far-fetched.  I mean, this is a kid we're talking about, in a very adult situation.  I'm sure teenage boys everywhere would love this story, but I had a hard time reconciling the character's age with the events he found himself living out.  However, this story appeals to everyone's sense of patriotism and that made it a great story to read.

Andrew Klavan is an excellent author.  I would recommend this book to any teenager who likes suspense.  I would also recommend this author.  I would love to read other things he's written.

Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book as a part of their blogger program called BookSneeze.

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