Under-Hyped Thursday is when I introduce a author/Book that I personally feel is under-hyped! The first author I will be discussing in this new feature thing is…. Jennifer Mathieu
If you missed the introduction post for Under-Hyped Thursday you can check it Here!
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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You can see my review: here
I feel very passionate about this book. I think that EVERYBODY should read The Truth About Alice. I honestly can’t put into words how much this book makes me feel. Maybe a few quotes can do that for me
“There is one thing I’ve learned about people: they don’t get that mean and nasty overnight. It’s not human nature. But if you give people enough time, eventually they’ll do the most heartbreaking stuff in the world.”
The bullying is heartbreaking
“Attention! Alice Franklin is a ho slut whore who does it with everybody!!! We all laughed, all of us, and then I said, “my turn.” Alice Franklin has given 423 blow jobs!!!! Now that’s a lot of dick! I stared at the graffiti and watched how quickly the shiny sharpie writing dulled into permanent black satin. The other girls behind me lined up to take their turns”
I cried for Alice, because whether she is a slut bag or not, nobody deserves to be treated that way. I don’t know if you ever did the exercise in class, where your teacher told you a something in your ear and you pass it along, and by the time you get to the last person, it is totally altered from the original sentence. The Truth About Alice reminds me of that exercise.
“It’s like when we read The Diary of Anne Frank in seventh grade, and I had the sneaking suspicion that I would have been a Nazi back then because I wouldn’t have had the guts to be anything else. Because I would have been too scared to not go along with the majority. Like, I would have been a passive sort of Nazi, but I still would have been a Nazi. I never said anything out loud, of course.” – Kelsie from Truth About Alice
Another unique thing about this book is it is told in 4 different POV’s, but none of them are actually Alice’s, until the very end. So we get to see everything that is happening to her from Elaine, (the cheerleader who thinks her shit don’t stink) Kelsie, (a girl who is spineless and wants nothing more than to fit in) Josh, (who was Brandon’s best friend and is also on the football team) and then Kurt, (Kurt is just so sweet, I really like him alot).
“How much did it hurt? It was like a million paper cuts on my heart. Because it was slow and not all at once. It wasn’t a complete flip flop of everything overnight. It was more gradual than that”
The writing is beautiful, real, and raw. You don’t get your typical HEA, because real life isn’t always that way. And this book definitely reminds me of real life. I see bullying happening to my daughter a lot at school and it really effects her. When she grows up I hope to introduce her to this book, to show her she can’t stop the bullying, but she can rise above it.
Oh and another awesome thing?!?!?! Jennifer Mathieu Lives in Texas. I live in Austin, she lives near Houston, maybe I can attend Houston Teen Book Con and get an autograph!!!!!!
Jennifer Mathieu Teaches English to middle school and High schoolers. She lives in Houston, Texas, area with her husband and son. Nothing bad has ever been written on the bathroom stall about jennifer. at least she doesn’t think so. – About the author taken from the back of her book