The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Drama
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: June 3rd 2014

4 OUT OF 5 STARS

“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.”

Alice Franklin is a whore. She slept with two boys in one night. That’s not all either, she was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car. Soon even more stories about Alice begin to surface, the once second tier popular girl is pushed to the sidelines, forced to sit by herself as rumours continue to spread and she becomes more and more alone.

Jennifer Mathieu writes from several different points of view, and each one is well characterized and rich in it’s own way. She tailors her writing style to each character, to the point where even without the labelled chapters you’d know who you were reading about. It’s also a fantastic way to showcase the start and spread of rumours and cruelty.

Some parts of the story feel unfinished however. the emotions between two different pairs of best friends are never resolved, or at least come to terms with. The ending feels a little clean cute (in the same way Speak did) and it feels as though it’s doing a bit of a disservice to it’s topic. It might have been a three star review, but the character of Kurt sort of dug at a soft spot in my heart.

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Read this if you’re a fan of: Speak

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