The Porcupine of Truth

The Porcupine of Truth

eBook - 2015
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Seventeen-year-old Carson Speier is bored of Billings, Montana, and resentful that he has to help his mother take care of his father, a dying alcoholic whom he has not seen in fourteen years--but then he meets Aisha, a beautiful African American girl who has run away from her own difficult family, and together they embark on a journey of discovery that may help them both come to terms with their lives.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Scholastic Incorporated, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545648943
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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caroette
Sep 25, 2019

This is an amazing coming of age story. Very heartfelt with lots of growth, tackling a lot of heavy issues including alcoholism, religion, gay issues, family issues, homelessness and more.

Cameron's life is uprooted when he has to move from New York to Billings, Montana, literally the middle of nowhere for someone who spent their life surrounded by people. On his first day he meets Aisha a gorgeous an quirky girl who sleeps at the zoo. Cameron only has one letter from his grandfather's past and he sets on an adventure across America to find him. Cameron is racing the clock to find his grandfather that left his dad years before. He has to find him because his dad is dying and he wants to re-unite them before it is too late. The trip isn't exactly smooth sailing and the pair run into some snags along the way. Follow our two main characters on an epic quest across America that will have the readers laughing, crying and leaving with their heart full.

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Needs_A_Life
Jul 08, 2019

This is such a well told story that even though I got upset with Carson and some of the stuff he would do throughout their trip, I also did really want to know what happened with his grandfather.
It was interesting in the fact that, for me, the main character (Carson) isn't someone I myself would view as a friend like I do with most characters but even so he had my support along his journey

Also, god bless Aisha.

mvkramer Mar 12, 2016

The sad thing about this book is the human core of the story - a boy trying to reconnect with his estranged father and discover a long-buried family secret - is quite interesting and compelling. Unfortunately, it's buried in an avalanche of shallow introspection and pop-culture platitudes.

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readsalot80
Jul 07, 2015

I enjoyed this book about Carson and his friendship Aisha who go on a journey and both find what they are looking for. Great book about friendship and coming to terms with your family.

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Re_Bel
Jul 29, 2015

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readsalot80
Jul 07, 2015

Carson has to spend his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mother take care of his estranged father who is dying. He meets Aisha at the zoo who is a lesbian and has been kicked out her home by her religious father. They are staying in the basement which is filled with boxes. They explore the boxes and find that Carson's grandfather didn't desert his son. Carson and Aisha go on a journey to find Carson's grandfather and bring him to Billings. Both grow with this experience and find more than they expected.

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