by Jennifer Mathieu
Published by Roaring Brook Press Release date : June 3rd, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, Social Issues, Young Adult
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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.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Do you ever wonder what goes on inside the mind of those awful, cruel people who thrive on drama and being popular? You know the type, right? Well, The Truth About Alice will give you that. Don’t care to? Read this anyway because it is such a heartfelt, brutally honest story, that I believe everyone should read.
We have four different POVs throughout the story. Each one close to, or in direct contact with Alice and play a huge part in the lies, betrayal and damaging things done to her over the course of the year. There was Elaine, the popular, girl in school. Josh, the best friend of Brandon. Kurt, the outcast (I know the blurb says Kelsie but technically, it’s Kurt), who had adored Alice from afar for years. And finally, Kelsie, Alice’s “best friend.”
Of all the different characters, Kelsie is the one that brought out the most emotion out of me. Granted, everything that happened and was done to Alice was horrible. But Kelsie? Ugh. She has her own justifications for why she did what she did – hell they all did – but I just couldn’t fathom how someone could go to such lows. You have to respect their honest too.
One thing I found very interesting was the lack of POV from Alice. There wasn’t any time where Alice is defending herself, or what had exactly went on, from her perspective. Which worked. We learn about what REALLY happened through the other’s views anyway. And trust me, it is NOT pretty. Yet, it’s so brutally honest and real I couldn’t STOP reading. No matter how hard it was, how uncomfortable it made me. Let’s face it, it’s reality.
Let’s set aside that aspect of the book and talk about the other issues brought up and mentioned. Each and every single character had some other underlining issue to deal with. These aren’t small, insignificant issues either. You would think with everything going on, with the four POVs, things would be too much, but it’s handled so well that it isn’t overwhelming at all. All these things are talked about and handled in such a way that me in awe of her writing. Not to mention, gutted.
My Peeve –
It’s not really a PEEVE, but it bothered me how quick the remaining residents of the town even turned on Alice. The school, I can see. Kids are not always the nicest of people but the WHOLE TOWN? I mean, these are ADULTS.
I absolutely loved! The Truth About Alice is a heavy, emotional and compelling read. It touches on hard to read subjects, but it’s handled so well.
Absolutely! Highly recommend this!
Have you read The Truth About Alice? What did you think and how did it affect you?
If not, do you plan to?