My Whole Truth

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Mis­cha Thrace, Flux (OC­TO­BER) Soft­cover $11.99 (320pp), 978-1-63583-024-8

In Mis­cha Thrace’s in­tense My Whole Truth, seven­teen-year-old Seelie has just sur­vived a vi­cious at­tack by killing her as­sailant. The worst of her phys­i­cal in­juries in­clude a deep knife wound in her leg and a cut across her face that will leave her scarred for life. As she be­gins the process of heal­ing, she be­lieves noth­ing can be worse than what she just sur­vived. But af­ter she is re­leased from the hospi­tal, the po­lice come to her home and ar­rest her for mur­der.

My Whole Truth is a mul­ti­fac­eted story about re­la­tion­ships, jus­tice and judg­ment, and, most sig­nif­i­cantly, the power of speak­ing the truth. Seelie’s strained re­la­tion­ship with her mother and close re­la­tion­ships with her three best friends are all chal­lenged; she must de­fend her choice to sur­vive not just in court, but also in a school com­mu­nity that pri­mar­ily sees her as­sailant as a lo­cal hero. Her chal­lenges demon­strate just how frag­ile the jus­tice sys­tem is, and just how dam­ag­ing the judg­ment of oth­ers can be.

The book cap­tures the rea­sons for, and the de­struc­tive pain of, keep­ing as­sault se­cret. Seelie at­tempts to hide the worst de­tails of her or­deal from every­one, fear­ing that her friends and fam­ily will never see any­thing else when they look at her, but her se­crecy has con­se­quences. Her best friend Lyssa, with whom she is se­cretly in love, is hurt and frus­trated; she knows Seelie is not telling her every­thing. Worse, keep­ing the se­cret may mean spend­ing the rest of her life in prison.

Thought­ful and in­fu­ri­at­ing, My Whole Truth is a pow­er­ful ex­plo­ration of at least some of the rea­sons that peo­ple choose to keep as­saults se­cret, but also a hope­ful re­minder of the power of speak­ing the whole truth.

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