Saturday, February 14, 2015

Book Review: "The Truth About Alice" by Jennifer Mathieu

6:46 PM

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.
(taken from goodreads)


The first thing you should know is that this book is told in 4 different points of of view. To me that sounded terrifying at first. I expected for it to be be extremely hard to keep up with and just hard for the book to really convey anything because of it. Fortunately, it really worked for this novel and I don't think it could have been written in any other way. Quite frankly, I think it made the story more engrossing.

This book revolves around a girl named Alice and how one night made her life fall apart. Like I mentioned, the book is told in 4 different perspectives. Each person has a different version of what happened that night and what event led to it all. However, some of them have something in common; they blame Alice.

People start forming rumors about Alice and everybody believes them. They claim that Alice Franklin slept with two guys at a party. And that Brandon's death is her fault and that she was sexting him. Her life becomes a living hell filled with rumors, lies, and slut-shaming. She loses all her friends and becomes some sort of shadow that no one wants to associate with.

I found this book to be very unique. Particularly because of the writing style. It is i its majority only narration of all the events. Overall there is very little dialogue, but before you shy away from this book, hear me out o this one. It WORKS. It's a very intriguing and gripping story and you won't be able to put it down. I don't really know how, but all the perspectives really weaved in perfectly to give us readers a very complex insight on the way that rumors work and the ways in which they can take a toll on someone's life. How much  they can hurt someone and how some people give them the power to do so.The author did an impeccable job at narrating this story and at giving such an accurate depiction on bullying and how people choose not to do anything about it merely because it's always easier to just accept some stupid rumor that you know isn't true than to stand up and actually do something.

This is a very important, eye-opening book that deserves to be read. Especially now in this society that we live in. So, if the synopsis interests you even a little bit and this seems like something you might like, please give this book a try.


4/ 5


  1. I quite enjoyed this book as well! I found the writing to be really unique--the whole idea of writing it in other people's perspectives was pretty darn awesome.

    Nice review! <33

    1. I completely agree! And I can't wait for her next book.
      Thank you so so much, Melanie!

  2. Omgsh, I want to read this now!! Poor Alice. I feel sorry for her already. Kids can be cruel. ): Awesome review, Sophie! (:

    Pearl @ AsteriskPearl's Book Blog

    1. Thanks, Pearl! It's a really good book. Definitely check it out!

  3. Thanks for the review, I've been seeing this book everywhere and have had my thoughts about getting but never did. Interesting storyline..

    1. You're welcome!
      I definitely suggest that you give it a try! It's a very good book.

  4. I loved this one too Sophie, and I couldn't agree more. This NEEDS to be read by not only teens, but parents, guardians and teachers. Because sadly, this does happen and we see how each character has already formed their opinion of Alice, based on hearsay and none dare break that chain. My heart ached for Alice, and even not hearing from her throughout, it was so incredibly powerful. It's one of the best realistic contemporaries I've read. Lovely review Sophie, thrilled you enjoyed this one too! <3

    1. You are completely right! And I totally agree with it being a great realistic contemporary. It's the best one I've read so far!
      And thank you so so much!

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  6. Thank you so much for this review
    I haven't read this book but with this review I'm looking forward to it
    Btw I love your reviews and the way you write them ❤️
    Hope you continue doing this cause you are amazing.


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