Three Things I Know Are True

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This moving debut novel in verse about a teenage girl dealing with the aftermath of an accident that nearly takes her brother’s life is a stunning exploration of grief and the power of forgiveness.

The reminder is always there—a dent on the right side of Jonah’s forehead. The spot you’d press when you felt a headache coming on. The bullet tore away bone, the way dynamite blasts rock—leaving a soft crater.

Life changes forever for Liv when her older brother, Jonah, accidentally shoots himself with his best friend Clay’s father’s gun. Now Jonah needs round-the-clock care just to stay alive, and Liv seems to be the only person who can see that her brother is still there inside his broken body.

With Liv’s mom suing Clay’s family, there are divisions in the community that Liv knows she’s not supposed to cross. But Clay is her friend, too, and she refuses to turn away from him—just like she refuses to give up on Jonah.

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  • Melanie  Brinkman

    "Trust your hands and they'll lead you where you'll need to go." Five months ago, Liv's brother, Jonah, shot himself.It was an accident, but the damage was done. Now he can't speak, can't walk, can't ...

  • Layla (Between the Lines)

    But trust your handsand they'll lead youwhere you need to go.Three Things I Know Are True is a story told completely in verse, which only makes it so much more impressive when you consider the heavy s...

  • Meliss

    This book is a truly stunning debut. Yes, it's a story about gun violence, but it isn't only a battle cry for reform. At the heart of it, it's a novel about the resiliency of siblings and the necessit...

  • Susan's Reviews

    This story is written in free verse style. Although I am generally not fond of stories told in verse (I blame The Canterbury Tales and Beowulf!) I really enjoyed the flow of this narrative style. It w...

  • Sabrina Ye

    4.25 stars.me: yay I love heartbreaking booksalso me: why am I always doing this to myself?...

  • Liza Wiemer

    I received an ARC through my local indie bookstore.Goofing off. That's what Liv's brother was doing when he picked up a gun, held it up to his temple and pulled the trigger. Author Betty Culley takes ...

  • Lindsey

    A heartbreaking yet beautiful story about a horrible mistake and the toll it took on everyone involved. I'm really starting to enjoy books told in verse. It adds so much to the experience. ...

  • Emma

    DNF at 56% I'm not even going to waste my time writing a fully coherent review, but I please know this: I was not a fan of this one, at all. I really shouldn't have read it. After all, its a novel in...

  • Kelly Hager

    You should know going in that this is a novel in verse. It would've worked as prose, too, but the fact that it's also poems gives a sort of sense of unreality to what's going on (this isn't quite righ...

  • Marzie

    "I know how expensive it isto be helpless.How many things don't countas necessary.A wheelchair rampA wheelchair vanclothes, air-conditioning, prayer cards.Everything has to be for my brother now.Jonah...