A creative, often funny but also very sad YA book about Normandy and her ‘Truth Commission’ project she took on with her friends to discover ‘truths’ from the people around them, mostly classmates, school authority figures and family, particularly Keira, Normandy’s popular sister who published bestselling graphic novels whose characters are ugly and exaggerated versions of her extremely average family.
The book is written like an academic paper, a creative non-fiction written by Normandy herself. The literary and writing devices used are clever but at times I felt like the main story was compromised because the author was more focused on the creative elements. My feelings for the footnotes as forewarned by Normandy are conflicted. At times I find them informative and hilarious, at times I find them tedious and annoying.
Still, I find the book a generally unique and thoughtful read. It managed to be light and dark at the same time as it delved into serious subject matters, especially awful dysfunctional families that seriously made my blood seethe. The story behind Kiera’s change of behavior is the huge mystery in the plot. I should have braced myself for the infuriating revelations of the truth which even though is awful, sad, and depressing did set Normandy free. Thank goodness for her friends who always support her.