Title: The Truth About Alice Author: Jennifer Mathieu Genre: YA Contemporary Edition Read: Kindle Pages: 209 Published: June 3, 2014 Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
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Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.
But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?
It’s true. Ask ANYBODY.
Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.
In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students—the girl who has the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door—tell all they know.
But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.
First off, let me just say that this novel was INCREDIBLE.
The Truth About Alice is the unbelievably realistic story of Alice Franklin, a teenaged girl dealing with the hardships that can come along with living in a small town (everyone knows everyone and their business), and are almost always a part of being in high school.
Wow. I love this! This novel was absolutely relatable. High school can be a beast (I know from personal experience!!) and Mathieu portrayed that with total accuracy. I feel like this book can reach anyone, as it addressed many issues that not only adolescence brings, but struggles that come up in everyday life, no matter your age or situation. Rumors. Bullying. Death. Abortion. Religion. Sexual Orientation. These are all serious topics that I’d say probably 99% of us have dealt with.
Mathieu didn’t approach these topics gently or with sensitivity. But why should she? That’s not the case in real life. That’s not how the real world works. And because the author didn’t sugarcoat things, it made me love this book even more.
“Given everything I’ve done to her and everything I’ll probably still do. And all just to sit at the good table in the cafeteria.”
The characters were flawlessly developed into these girls (and guys) who did everything they could just to fit in, regardless of how it would affect Alice or anyone else. Throughout the story, we get to watch these characters grow. And that’s why I love how the author set up the POV’s. We hear from Alice lastly, but it works out perfect for the story. It was amazing how Alice’s feelings were reflected upon the reader, and we hadn’t even seen what was happening through her eyes. Not until the very last chapter.
This book teaches a very valuable lesson, in my opinion. And should be read by every single adolescent and teenager everywhere. I absolutely adore this book and everything it represents.
The Truth About Alice was Mathieu’s debut novel, and oh, what a memorable debut it ’twas.
Date Read: 8/9/2016