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ARC: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

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The Truth About Alice
Jennifer MAthieu
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Roaring Brook Press
Young Adult

 

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.

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“OMG that Alice Franklin girl is so slutty!”

This is one of those books you just have this love/hate relationship with and it’s so hard to explain.
It leaves you with all those feels you want to describe, but just can’t be. Truth About Alice is powerful and emotional and you have to read it to understand what I am trying to describe here!
 
“How much did it hurt? It was like a million paper cuts on my heart.” 
Alice Franklin is a semi-popular girl in Healy Texas. She decides to attend one of Elaine’s (A popular girl who thinks the world of herself) “parties” that consist of a bunch of teenagers sitting around talking while sipping beer. Brandon (Our star quarterback and someone who can do no wrong) tells Josh (his best friend) that He and Tommy Cray basically tag teamed Alice at the party. Oh my gosh, what a slut bag right? Then tragedy strikes the small town of Healy Texas. The star quarterback Brandon gets in a car accident and dies. Joshua, who was in the wreck and thankfully survived let people know the wreck happened because Brandon was distracted by sexual texts Alice was sending him. From there Alice’s world just fell apart and no one wanted to be there with her for the ride besides Nerd boy Kurt who nobody likes nor acknowledges.

The Truth About Alice is told in multiple POV’s
Elaine – Popular bitch who thinks her shit dont stink and uses the word like way too much
Kelsie – Moved to Healy Freshman year, total nerd before coming to Healy, former best friend of Alice, Will do anything to be popular and super insecure
Joshua – Brandon’s Best friend, football star, loves to feel sorry for himself
Kurt – Flippin Smart, shy, ally of Alice’s, and the only one who possibly knows the truth about it all

The reason I like this book is this stuff is real. Bullying is Real. Kids, teenagers and even parents can be ruthless and mean. The things that Alice has to endure are sad. I actually cried a few times for her. Especially when the Slut Stall scene comes in to play.
The worse part is Alice isn’t just bullied by students, it is basically the whole town. I commend her for waking up every morning and still going to school.

I know a lot people are not fans of multiple pov’s but believe me when I say Jennifer Mathieu makes it work. I know, usually characters lose their voice, it is harder to make connections with the characters, and sometimes its just too much going on. Never once was this a problem
I usually have to flip back and forth to see which character I am reading, but because the characters were so diverse and developed this was not a problem for me. The transitions are flawless and while the chapters are short we really get into the mind of each character.

The Truth About Alice is Jennifer Mathieu’s first book?!?! NO WAY! Probably one of the best debut books I have EVER read to date. Jennifer Mathieu is going places and I’m going to make sure I’m there!
 

5 out of 5 Stars

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disclaimer: My review is  also posted over @ Katrina's blog

3 thoughts on “ARC: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

    1. Lol ya, I sound like a total groupie in the review. I hate when I have so many feelings but no words to express them ::) but yes even if you end up not liking the book (I really hope you don’t though) Its super short like you could read it in a matter of hours if you have the time.

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