“Lexi’s wit, fueled by simmering rage, keeps her ruminations trenchant even when she finally breaks; a subtle current of girl power and the possibility of genuinely good guys flows through her encounters, leaving no doubt she will emerge wiser and stronger for her experience.” – The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Starred Review

“With life lessons, capers, and heartfelt conversations abounding, this is a satisfying, mature, complex read,
ideally suited to teen book clubs.” - Heather Booth, 

“The darkly comic voice of 15-year-old Lexi Green powers this road trip adventure and navigates its serious underpinnings.”

– Publishers Weekly

“An achingly accurate, well-rounded contemporary read that will be of broad interest for most teen collection.” – School Library Journal

“Lexi challenges male and female double standards by questioning them without pedantry or superiority.” – Kirkus Reviews


”Fans of Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun (2010) and The Sky Is Everywhere (2014, both Dial) will appreciate the realistic, authentic, and lyrical teen voice that this novel has to offer.” – School Library Journal

“It’s a believable and engaging story of the decline of a cherished grandmother and community member, and a girl trying to find her place in her family, her relationship, and life.” – Publisher’s Weekly

A “solid coming of age story.” – Kirkus Reviews

“The Verdict: A well-written novel about the impact that negative change can have on one strong-willed family’s lives. Recommended for those looking for a strong contemporary read with a touch of romance and a lot of heart.” – Eden Gray at YA Books Central


  • Junior Library Guild Selection


"A beautifully written coming-of-age story . . . Readers will quickly become intrigued with the unraveling of family secrets and the cast of memorable characters Dara meets.”  – Publisher’s Weekly, Starred review

“This is a highly enjoyable read. The teen’s relationship with her parents, particularly with her controlling mother, is tense and believable, and the characterizations of the eccentric residents of the goat farm are entertaining and appealing.”

– School Library Journal

“This quiet novel is a story of hope that will have readers of all body sizes and sexual orientations cheering Frazer’s honesty when it comes to tough issues.”  – Romantic Times Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars

“Megan Frazer’s brilliantly written debut novel delves into some very difficult experiences teens go through growing up. The statements made here about prejudice and accepting others are universal and important. The story is organic and stirring, and life on the Jezebel Goat Farm is significant. Dara and Owen are characters like so many young adults today, and this is the kind of book that can really make a difference for anyone struggling to find themselves. I wish there were more novels like SECRETS OF TRUTH & BEAUTY.” – Melanie Smith, TeenReads.com


  • 2010 Rainbow List

  • Autumn 2009 Kids’ Indie Next List

  • New England Children’s Book Sellers Advisory Council’s Spring Top Ten for 2009

  • Gold Star from TeensReadToo

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