Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
Jenna's Truth by Nadia L King is a well-crafted story centered on a girl’s struggle to reach out, the hurt that results from it, and her journey towards self-awareness, self-acceptance, and redemption. All Jenna ever wanted was to “be noticed at school” and “to be with the popular kids,” but she never knew that joining the popular kids would be the catalyst for her untold suffering. When the very people she wanted to associate with turn against her and make her a subject of ridicule, she feels horrible and wishes for only one thing: to disappear. Can she stand the false accusations, the insults, and the ridicule? This short story is the story of many kids and a story that deals with one of the crippling realities young people face every day: bullying.
Nadia L King’s Jenna’s Truth is a treasure trove for young readers, a story that will inspire many young people to understand the world of bullying and to define a path towards self-awareness, self-acceptance, and the courage to stand up for themselves. I loved the length of the book. It’s a short and breezy read. The narrator’s voice is clear and reflective, packed with emotion. The characters are very convincing and each plays a powerful role in the unfolding of the story. The author seems to have an excellent understanding of the teen world and creates colorful scenes that are played out often in today’s world. This is one of the most educative stories I have read about bullying and its consequences in a long while, a story of hope for bullied kids.