This Is My Truth (Paperback)
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This Is My Truth (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages
Published: 22/07/2021
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Waterstones Says

Incorporating themes of religion, the care system and domestic violence into a compelling YA thriller, This is My Truth fizzes with suspense as a prank blogger threatens to reveal Amani's terrible family secret.

Your friend or your secret - which one will you keep?

A powerful book tackling two important subjects, domestic violence and living in foster care, particularly in the Muslim community, by the author of All the Things We Never Said, nominated for the Carnegie Medal, and YA runner-up in the inaugural Diverse Book Awards 2020.

Best friends Amani and Huda are getting nervous about their GCSEs - and their future beyond school, which they're both wildly unprepared for.

Shy, quiet Amani has an outwardly picture-perfect family - a father who is a successful TV presenter, a loving mother, and an adorable younger brother - while confident and impulsive Huda has grown up with over-affectionate foster parents who are now expecting a baby of their own.

Both girls are jealous of each other's seemingly easy life, without realising the darkness or worries that lie underneath. Then Huda witnesses Amani's father hitting her mother, and Amani's biggest secret is suddenly out.

As Amani convinces Huda to keep quiet by helping her with her own problems, a prank blog starts up at school, revealing students' secrets one by one. Will this anonymous blogger get hold of Amani's secret too? Will Huda keep quiet?

Publisher: Hot Key Books
ISBN: 9781471410529
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 303 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A gripping, thought-provoking, sometimes shocking thriller - Guardian

Told from three viewpoints, this is an ultimately hopeful book, which does not shy away from the mental health pressures that young people may find themselves under. The author has experienced her own version of what Mehreen is going through, in a culture with little understanding of mental illness. This makes Mehreen's narrative all the more powerful and believable, without detracting from those of Cara and Olivia, who are fully realized characters with their own distinctive voices. It is very readable with moments of humour. This is a very timely book dealing with sensitive topics, which does not glorify suicide but aims to show that it is not the answer. Friendship can be truly life-saving - Armadillo Magazine

Handled with hope and a firm belief in the power of women standing together. - Irish Times

Everyone in Amani's life thinks that her family is perfect, but they don't know that she has been keeping a secret about her father for years. Even her best friend Huda doesn't know about the "bad nights" when her father's temper rages and Amani has to comfort and look after her younger brother. But the confident and independent Huda has secrets too - her loving foster parents are expecting a baby and she's worried that they will forget about her. Both friends keep their worries hidden until a prank blog starts revealing people's secrets at school. This Is My Truth is a heartwarming and inspiring story about the power of using your voice.Our protagonist, Amani, may seem quiet and shy but she is also intelligent and brave. Amani and Huda's friendship is one of the best aspects of the book. Their dynamic is written so realistically - they fight and have their differences, but ultimately, they wish the best for each other and, as friends, they lift each other up and help each other through their struggles. Both characters are wise beyond their years and it was a pleasure to read their story.This book deals with the difficult subject of domestic abuse which could be hard to read at times. However, the author has clearly taken a lot of time and care in order to depict this in a realistic way. The story is also full of hope, and the compassion of others is a big feature.At times funny and always filled with drama, This Is My Truth packs a lot into a short book. If you think you will enjoy a story about friendship, secrets, finishing school and starting a new life, and if you enjoy good twists, then you'll love this book! - Joyce Dignam, Paper Lanterns Lit

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“Broke my heart and put it back together again”

This Is My Truth hit me in a way that I was not expecting. Rahman's writing style is easy flowing and I quickly became engaged with the characters. They feel very realistic, which makes the issues addressed in... More

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“Another special book bynthe talented Yasmin”

Yasmin has done it again. She has produced a book that is perfect for not only today's teens, but adults too, could read this and learn so much. I didn't cry this time but it took me through so many... More

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“Funny and moving and heart-wrenching”

THIS BOOK!! Funny and moving and heart-wrenching but ultimately so empowering and hopeful. WOW is all I can say. WOW. The writing is phenomenal. Everything about it - the pacing, the dialogue, the character... More

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