Truthers by Geoffrey Girard Book Review

Katie Wallace has never given much thought to 9/11. She was only a year old when terrorists struck American soil. But now her dad has landed in a mental institution after claiming to know what really happened. He insists the attacks were part of a government conspiracy. And he claims that Katie is living proof: the lone survivor of a massive cover-up.
Hoping to free her dad, Katie sets out to investigate his bizarre claims. Soon she’s drawn into the strange and secretive world of 9/11 conspiracy theorists known as the “Truthers”.
Wading through a dangerous web of fact and fiction, questions and distortion, Katie no longer knows what to believe. But she does know that she’s being followed — and that someone is determined to stop her search for the truth.
A novel for teens, exploring 9/11 & our conspiracy culture…

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:4/5

My thoughts 

16 years ago,the entire world was changed forever when two planets crashed into the World Trade Center. Since then people have either accepted the original story as truth or have sought truth in the form of conspiracy. I for one am kind in the middle of these two extremes: not really sure what to believe. I definitely think that there are things that the Bush administration left out, but I’m not sure how far these deceptions go. I don’t put too much thought into it, and to me I think the most important thing to focus on is the people that died: no matter what happened people died and that’s never going to change. Anyway I was really excited to read these and see what type of things would discuss.

This book is so intriguing and would honestly be an amazing movie: movies like these are my favorite type and I think it’d be so cool if it went to the big screen. Every page is thrilling as we follow Katie as she tries to find out what happened on that faithful day in order get her father out of the psychiatric ward.Truthers is one of those addicting books that are impossible to put down. I did guess the “plot twist” as it was pretty predictable but nonetheless it was an overall really exhilarating read.

In the authors note, he says that he doesn’t mean to be insensitive and by no means is trying to dishonour those who died and I think he did a very good job.Yes we learn a lot about the different theories but there’s this scene where they go to a memorial and Katie realizes: people died and nothing will change that. I think a lot of conspiracists forget that and that’s when it becomes a problem but I think Truthers remained very sensitive.We may never know the truth, so to remain sensitive and aware of the large tragedy it was is very important.

This book definitely didn’t turn out the way I expected but I really appreciated the path it took and I really liked the way they handled the PTSD. I definitely think it could’ve been explored a little more but it is a difficult topic to get right and I think the author did a very good job.

One small thing that I really liked was the friendship aspect: I find that in books like these, oftentimes friends are pushed to the side and left in the dark but Katie had a really great friend and who helped her to the best of her ability. Friendship is so important and needs to stop being just a sidenote.

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