Book: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Date Published: June 3rd, 2014
Date Started: June 9th, 2014
Date Finished: June 11th, 2014
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.
Hello my fellow readers! I have an another book review for you this week! This one is from a debut author and I’m pretty excited to talk about it here.
So let me start off by mentioning what the book is about. This is a story about a high schooler named Alice Franklin. She was a pretty normal girl until one night at a party she slept with two guys. At least according to the rumors. After that, the rumors start to spin out of control. Normal high school stuff, right? Anyone would think so until one of the guys that she slept with is killed in a car accident, and people are blaming her for his death.
The interesting thing about this book is the fact that its told from the perspective of everyone but Alice, until the very end. Rumors can be destructive, and all of us have felt their destruction. These people know the real truth behind the whole ordeal, or have played a part in damaging Alice’s reputation. What I think is so unique about this book is the fact that in the very beginning you are presented with the rumors about Alice. Its only through reading each person’s perspective do you learn the real truth about Alice. In honest, I think you learn more about the characters telling the story. What is important here is the fact that telling a rumor is never simple. Theres reasons for telling the rumor. Reasons that can go back years. Theres consequences, and more than just one person gets hurt. It can be so easy to tell a rumor about someone, but once its said, you can never take it back.
What I liked about Alice herself was that she kind of took the whole thing in a calm manner. Many people would be screaming out their version of what happened or even sometimes lie to save their reputation. But I think what Alice understood was that it was useless. The whole situation caused Alice to rethink who she was friends with, but that practically left no one. She was ostracized, and theres even the obligatory reference to The Scarlet Letter. But sometimes there are kind people out there. I think thats one of the important messages of the book. That the world isn’t always so cruel. That there are kind people out there. Unfortunately, when it comes to things like this, or bullying, or any situation where someone feels hurt and betrayed, a kind person may never come along in time. Some people become hardened after situations like this, or can resort to worse measures.
I don’t know if people are going to particularly feel satisfied with the ending. It wasn’t an ending where everything was solved everything went back to the way that it used to be. No, all that happened was that you learn the truth of Alice and the whole situation. This book was a really quick read, at only about 200 pages or so. Even though the story encompasses several months, it feels really quick. The bulk of the story is told from the perspective of four different people, with flashbacks to different times in their lives involving Alice or even the boys that Alice slept with. You can only get so much out of the whole story with four, and ultimately five narrators. I enjoyed this aspect because people always hear different things about rumors, form their own opinions, etc. Its like playing telephone. The original message may never resemble the end message.
So if you’re looking for a quick contemporary read, this may be the book for you. I didn’t feel quite as invested in the story, but some others may feel a more personal connection to the story. Seeing as this was Mathieu’s debut, I think I might be looking forward to any books she publishes in the future.