Debut novel is far from grounbreaking


BOOK REVIEW: Fighting the Truth

Twenty-five year old Tara Leigh’s debut novel Fighting the Truth is both a success and a failure. It tells the story of Nathan and Isaac, two childhood friends who eventually become boyfriends. They room together at college, move into a house together afterward, and contemplate marriage. Then one day Isaac wakes to find Nathan gone. 

Isaac embarks on a nationwide journey to reclaim his partner and gains a little personal insight along the way. The story is nothing groundbreaking, the writing (especially the word choice) is often awkward, and the surprise twists aren’t that surprising. Though Leigh needs to work on her storytelling, her emotions are clear and honest. The quiet moments of self-reflection are Fighting the Truth’s best. The two main characters are the only thing about the book that actually feel real.