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Review: ‘The Truth About Alice’ by Jennifer Mathieu

I received this book for free from NetGalley, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘The Truth About Alice’ by Jennifer MathieuThe Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
Published by Macmillan on June 3rd, 2014
Genres: Bullying, Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 199
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, requested from publisher
four-stars
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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review

I can’t even begin to describe the amount of hatred I felt during this book. The point of views switch from the Most Popular Girl in school, her ex best friend, the Most Popular Guy’s Best friend and the Loner Nerd. Sorry to label everyone but that’s how it is in this book. On my first list of people that I detest has to be her ex best friend. The girl who is selfish enough to keep spreading rumours about her old friend just so she can stay in the popular circle. Second to that list, is the Most Popular girl and she blames Alice for killing Brandon when in reality HE is to blame for his own actions. The pacing is pretty much perfect because you really do want to know who was behind the death and the mystery surrounding it was exactly what I thought it would be, yet it still surprised me.

How incredibly insane it is to put forth blame on Alice. How people are so adapt to judge and poke fun and bully people when they don’t know the truth.

This book you guys.. This book broke me. It’s raw and emotional and real. So real that I’m sure it will be true to most high school girls around the world. I’m pretty sure they can relate to some of the things in the book as well.

Overall, I suggest grabbing this book for a quick relatable read. Make sure to keep an open mind though, it was an infuriating read especially if you have strong opinions about bullying.


reading progress

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quotes

But for some reason a lot of the girls in our class annoy the piss out of me. They always act like everything is some stupid huge crisis or drama or whatever, and they always want to talk about everything for five hundred years. They remind me of grackles sitting around on a telephone wire getting ready to swoop at some worm.
Well, partly it’s because I’m too afraid I’ll become some sort of nobody again if I do. I’ll never be popular again if I do.
Besides, guys like curvy girls. It always says so in Glamour.
It’s weird, the feeling of power you get sometimes when you’re popular, but I guess I try to use my power for good, not evil.
She is perfection. She is a gumdrop. She is everything.
I knew that he thought I was a Stalker Girl. Easy access. I knew all of this, but it was like I had to do it.
Three minutes in that room and everything changed forever.
There is one thing I’ve learned about people: they don’t get that mean and nasty overnight. It’s not human nature.
If you give people enough time, eventually they’ll do the most heartbreaking stuff in the world.

rating

4/5

four-stars

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