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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  • Jenny Chou

    Three Things I know Are True by Betty Culley (HarperTeen, January 7, 2020, $17.99, 9780062908025)I’m always dazzled by writers who can tell a story through verse, with each word fitted like the exac...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Susan's Reviews

    This story is written in free verse style. I really liked the flow of this narrative style.Liv, her older brother Jonah and their neighbour Clay are friends. One day, Jonah is playing around with one ...

  • Em

    DNF a 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...

  • Crystal

    Liv is the kind of quirky and compelling character that will stay with the reader long after the book is closed. She is my favorite young female protagonist since Scout Finch! Like all good books, I w...

  • Lauren

    Beautiful, haunting, heartbreaking. A novel in verse I know I won’t soon forget....

  • Katie (Kitkatscanread)

    Oh my goodness!What a beautiful story told in verse.I was laughing, smiling, angry, sad and tearful.It broke me and was so bittersweet at times. This was amazing.Definitely preorder this now!...