I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Truth about Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
Published by Roaring Brook Press on Expected publication: June 3rd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether it’s true. The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault. Now the only friend she has is a boy who may be the only other person who knows the truth, but is too afraid to admit it. Told from the perspectives of popular girl Elaine, football star Josh, former outcast Kelsie, and shy genius Kurt, we see how everyone has a motive to bring – and keep – Alice down.
This one is a tough one to review. The story is interesting but the way it is written, four different perspectives, just drove me crazy. I felt like I never really got to know anyone even though they are telling their stories while talking bad about Alice.
The story itself was written fabulously but the subject matter was horrific. This is bullying at its worst and I was expect a really bad outcome. Without giving away any spoilers, I will say that I liked the ending and was so glad that something came about because as I read I absolutely had no hope whatsoever that the people in this town, including the adults, would use their brains for something other than picking on a girl. When they actually used their brains, that is…
I do think the ending made up for all bs throughout the book. I enjoyed when Alice was actually in it instead of just people talking about her. And the one character I did really like was Kurt. Although, once again, it felt like I didn’t really get to know his character. Almost like everyone was at arm’s length.
I can say this, I thought about giving up with all the back and forth and different points of view but I really suggest that if you’re feeling this way, stick with it. It’s a good read and if you find yourself waning, just hang in there! It realistic and quite scary, especially in today’s society and if you have kids, but it’s worth the read.
I’m really excited for Jennifer since she’s a debut author and I’m sure this book will take off! Cannot wait for her next one.
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I live with my husband, son, one rescue dog, one fat cat, and another cat that is even fatter than the fat cat.
When it comes to what I read, I love realistic young adult fiction (duh), creative nonfiction, super scandalous tell-all memoirs and unauthorized biographies, and basically anything that hooks me on the first page.