The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

Okay, I’ve spent the last 20 minutes searching for words adequate enough to describe how much I love this book. I’m failing and there is no sign of me ceasing to fail any time soon. Whatever, all communication is just a form of miscommunication anyway, right?

Onward!

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle is a tale of 13-year-old boy, who, unlike most 13-year-old-boys, is as lovable as a golden retriever puppy. He lives in a dilapidated house at the edge of an apple pie, red-white-and-blue town. He shares this house with his dysfunctional family, oh, and I forgot to mention that he also has a mental condition and he is reeling from the death of his best friend, AND he sweats a lot.

This book carries the emotional punch of Of Mice and Men. It has the character depth and heart of Bridge to Terabithia. It is a clinic on how to write from a character’s perspective. It is so wonderful on so many different levels it makes me want to cry because I know that I’ll never touch the towering mountain that is this book.

Seriously, it’s good.

Rating: PG. No sex. One “D” word. No violence.

The awesome: Leslie Connor slays her character portrayals. Her characters are so well-rounded and well-developed that they have a life of their own. I could hang out with Mason and his crazy almost-sister and steal cookies from the kitchen or help grandma with dinner. I feel like I know them.

Quote: “Ms. Blinny takes tiny running steps in place. Happy boots. I like the way she is, Ms. Blinny. How she spills things and doesn’t wait for paint to dry.”

Favorite character: Mason.

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