Monday, June 2, 2014

The Truth About Alice - Review

The Truth About AliceThe Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
June 3rd 2014 by Roaring Brook Press

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party. When Healy High star quarterback, Brandon Fitzsimmons, dies in a car crash, it was because he was sexting with Alice. Ask anybody.  Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the "slut stall" in the girls' bathroom: "Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers" and "Alice got an abortion last semester." After Brandon dies, the rumors start to spiral out of control.
 In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they "know" about Alice--and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life.
But in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.


This blog is the only place this book will get this endorsement:
The Truth About Alice saved me.
From a huge bug that would have gone in my hair.
Yeah, for that alone I should give it an extra star.
Basically thanks to my being so caught up in this book and staying up late reading I noticed the huge bug that fell on my pillow, where my head probably would have been had I put the book down and been sleeping.

The Truth About Alice, could not put it down.

It's such an honest look at the very different things teens go though in high school; or in their personal lives. From the pretty popular girl to the nerdy guy that keeps to himself; all connected by some rumor they kept alive for one reason or another.

And it's their personal lives that really hit.
In or out of high school you can never really know someone. You don't know what goes on in a person's life when you're not around.
Everyone has secrets and sometimes, especially in high school, they act out in certain ways to protect themselves.
And this book was a great example of that.

Truth: Some of these characters might not be very likable, but that's alright because you don't have to like them, you just have to hear them out and maybe by the end accept them.
They're flawed but that's what makes them human.

You will not find a "perfect" character in this book and that's kind of what makes it perfect itself.


I loved that it's told from the point of view of everyone but the one person we most want to hear from. We hear all about Alice Franklin but we don't get to know her side. She barely makes an appearance because in the end it's not actually about her but about everyone else.
But isn't that what high school is? All about everyone else caught up in their own world?

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