Friday, August 08, 2014

Charli Reviews: The Truth About Alice

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party. When Healy High star quarterback, Brandon Fitzsimmons, dies in a car crash, it was because he was sexting with Alice. Ask anybody. Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the "slut stall" in the girls' bathroom: "Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers" and "Alice got an abortion last semester." After Brandon dies, the rumors start to spiral out of control. In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they "know" about Alice--and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life. But in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.

Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Publisher: Macmillan (Roaring Book Press)
Date of Publication: June 3rd 2014
Pages: 208
Source: For review via NetGalley
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I received a free copy of this book from Macmillan via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way. Thank you Macmillan and NetGalley

I read this book a month or so ago. The reason I haven't reviewed it till now is because this is just hard to review.

I don't think "enjoyed" is the right word for what I thought of this - although I did - because this book is tough. Brutal, even. It considers, discusses, and pits several issues into perspective, mostly slut shaming. This is only the second time I've come across slut shaming (the first Tease by Amanda Maciel) and it's so interesting how different authors tackle it. Mathieu does particularly well. 

The Truth About Alice uses multiple perspectives, all of whom have their own issues, but they all link to the story, and all the views link, too. Thing thing that interested me most was that we hear nothing was Alice's side... until the near end. Mathieu leaves us guessing about the truth for the majority of the book.

The story is incredibly detailed, not missing a minute of any of the events, which adds to the mystery of the truth (see what I did there) of what happens that we have to piece together. 

Around half way through, Mathieu indicates that something will happen, quite strongly. Well, several things - only one of which actually happen. This frustrated me no end, naturally, which made it all the better.

The Truth About Alice is an amazing book. It tackles quite a few issues really well, and is intriguing throughout.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds intresting. I originally heard about the book at this summer's Fierce Reads tour.


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