The Honest TruthBook - 2015
In all the ways that matter, Mark is a normal kid. He's got a dog named Beau and a best friend, Jessie. He likes to take photos and write haiku poems in his notebook. He dreams of climbing a mountain one day.
But in one important way, Mark is not like other kids at all. Mark is sick. The kind of sick that means hospitals. And treatments. The kind of sick some people never get better from.
So Mark runs away. He leaves home with his camera, his notebook, his dog, and a plan to reach the top of Mount Rainier--even if it's the last thing he ever does.
The Honest Truth is a rare and extraordinary novel about big questions, small moments, and the incredible journey of the human spirit.
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These two were really memorable for me:
1. “He's given me that silver pocket watch and I'd carried it everywhere. I'd loved it--until things got worse and its ticking sounded more like dark footsteps coming up behind me. I loved the watch until I started hating time. And how it ran out.”
2. “Across far, dark miles a friend can still hold your hand and be there with you.”
And finally, here's one of Mark's haikus:
“All the world is dark.
But together we build light;
Shared, it keeps us warm.”
WARNING!THIS QUOTE IS A SPOILER! PLEASE DO NOT REPORT AS THERE IS A WARNING. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED:
"There's more than one kind of truth. There's the truth that you can measure, the truth on maps and charts and in books of facts. And maybe in that kind of truth, Mark didn't reach the top. Maybe he didn't even come close. Maybe in that kind of truth he got lost and wandered off the trail and didn't come anywhere close to the top of anything. But in the other kind of truth, the kind of truth you feel in a deeper place, in that kind of truth the map's don't matter. In that kind of truth the skinny, bald kid with the disease eating away at him and the little brown dog with one brown eye and one green eye made it farther than they ever should have. They made it farther than minds and maps could measure, but not farther than hearts could imagine. In that kind of truth Mark totally made it. He made it to the top of every mountain."
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