Reviewed by Adrian C., 6th grader at Mannheim Middle School.
Imagine getting bullied by the whole school and everyone hating you. Would you run away or would you stand up for yourself? Would you get sad or depressed or even hide from humanity?
he Truth About Truman School is by Dori Hillstad Butler. This book is about a couple of teens that make a secret school website (Zebby and Amr) and everything goes horribly wrong. At first the website was for writing about your middle school experiences. A couple days later people turned it into a real gossip site all targeting one girl, Lilly. Lilly is the most popular girl in Truman School. But then she turned into the most unpopular girl within days.
Lilly's friends are responsible for a lot of the bullying but they are not really the only cyber bullies bullying Lilly. How would you feel if your trusted friends bullied you and you didn't know it because of a putrid screen name online? That's exactly what happens to Lilly. Just because it’s online doesn't mean you can say whatever you want to. People had a big aversion to Lilly and the popular group. But you will find out Lilly deserves it for being mean to others.
When I started to read this book I thought to myself "What a boring book this is going to be." When I got further into the story and the plot, then I thought "Oh this is going to be a good book." This was a good book, yet it was also sad. The bullies were being snide.
The Truth About Truman School is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. It's just one of those books that gets you reeled in and ready to read. You will laugh and maybe even cry but the book isn't that sad and emotional! This is a must read.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is going through a time that they get bullied themselves or that even have experienced bullying. It also teaches you about why bullying is bad and what happens when it happens to someone.