The Truth About Alice
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Roaring Brook Press
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.
"OMG that Alice Franklin girl is so slutty!"
This is one of those books you just have this love/hate relationship with and its so hard to explain.
It leaves you with all those feels that you want to describe but are undescribeable. 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. One night She attends one of Elaine's (A popular girl who thinks the world of herself) "parties" that consist of a bunch of teenagers sitting around talking and sipping beer. Well Brandon (Our star quarterback and someone who can do no wrong) tells Josh (his bestfriend) that Him 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 liked or acknowledged.
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!
I want to thank the publishers and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review