Gut a fish. Rewire a truck. Survive the collapse of the US government. All lessons fifteen-year-old Lark has learned during “homeschool” with her conspiracy-theorist-doomsday-prepping parents. If only she’d also learned the fundamentals of human biology or even how to read. When Lark gets her first period and realizes how much she doesn’t know, she ignores her fears of everything outside their rural Montana farm and secretly attends school for the first time. At high school, Lark discovers the world is very different than she has been told, from the basics of the internet to government takeovers that never happened. Lark uncovers the holes in her parents’ beliefs and realizes that she must decide her own truth. But it won’t come without sacrifices.
Page Count: 288
Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Rights Territory: Worldwide
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / General
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / School & Education / Boarding School & Prep School
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / General
Bridget Farr is an author and educator. Her recent novels include BookExpo Buzz Pick Pavi Sharma’s Guide to Going Home (LBYR 2019) and Margie Kelly Breaks the Dress Code (LBYR 2021). She serves as a vice principal at a public elementary school. Originally from Montana, Bridget now lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Shiva, and the neighborhood cat, Sherman.
“An engrossing, poignant tale of a difficult journey.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Farr’s uncomplicated prose complements a fast-paced plot with intense interpersonal stakes, as Lark evolves from a timid if stubborn recluse into a credibly resolute protagonist in this hopeful tale.” — Publishers Weekly
“Farr excellently portrays Lark’s emotional struggles in a genuine way. Readers will be rooting for Lark to question her upbringing while being empathetic to her conflicting emotions about what she has been raised to believe. . . .A unique tale of coming of age in an anti-government household. A first purchase for young adult collections where realistic fiction is in demand.” — School Library Journal
“Empathetic and engaging, the young adult novel The Truth About Everything follows a teenager in pursuit of her own truths—and her own path forward.” — Foreword Reviews
“Achingly vulnerable, Lark deserves the whole world delivered gently in layers that help her unpack truth from indoctrination. Readers will be relieved to see her find some key folks who will support and encourage her movement toward agency and identity outside of her father’s control.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
A 2022 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist
2023 IPPY Awards Gold Medalist, Young Adult Fiction – General
2023 Moonbeam Awards Silver Medalist (Young Adult Fiction – Mature Issues)