Book Review #557
Title: This Is My Truth
Author: Yasmin Rahman
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Source: Netgalley UK
Publication Date: July 22, 2021
Best friends Amani and Huda are getting nervous about their GCSEs – and their future beyond school, which they’re both wildly unprepared for. Shy, quiet Amani has an outwardly picture-perfect family – a father who is a successful TV presenter, a loving mother, and an adorable younger brother – while confident and impulsive
Huda has grown up with over-affectionate foster parents who are now expecting a baby of their own. Both girls are jealous of each other’s seemingly easy life, without realising the darkness or worries that lie underneath. Then Huda witnesses Amani’s father hitting her mother, and Amani’s biggest secret is suddenly out. As Amani convinces Huda to keep quiet by helping her with her own problems, a prank blog starts up at school, revealing students’ secrets one by one. Will this anonymous blogger get hold of Amani’s secret too? Will Huda keep quiet?
This Is My Truth by Yasmin Rahman is a story about friends and family dynamic, being brave and true as well as fighting for what’s best. This book tells us not to be be scared to reach out for help because everyone deserves to be happy, so fight for it and it shall be, Inshaallah.
I mainly picked this book up because I remember just how much I enjoyed reading the author’s debut novel, All The Things We Never Said so when I saw it is available on Netgalley UK, I just had to request and read it. As I expected, this book is sad and heartbreaking but its also empowering as the characters who are going through difficulties finally frees themselves from it – shackled away from the clutches of an abuser.
I really like the friendship between Amaani and Huda, how they’re always helping and looking for each other. But sometimes it gets too much and conflicts are bound to happen. I didn’t expect this book to have Gossip Girls vibe and what was even more surprising was to find out the person behind it. This story proves just how messy relationships can be but to not lose hope as there will always be loved ones who will always root and support you, no matter what.
I thoroughly really enjoyed reading this book and I hope you will be interested enough to go pick it up once it comes out later this month. This book will make you angry and sad but most important of all is that it will make you rise up to the occasion and root for the characters along the journey to freedom.