Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Review ~ The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

The Truth About Alice
by Jennifer Mathieu

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.
My Rating 5 out of 5 stars

This is a skillfully crafted story told from the different perspectives of a few kids from a small town of Healy, Texas about a girl named Alice Franklin.  For all appearances, Alice is a mess.  She is known as the school slut and most recently the “Slut who Killed the Star Quarterback”. But the funny thing about rumors and gossip is they are just that…rumors and gossip that really are rarely true.  And just one rumor can start an avalanche of so many more that can snowball and ruin someone’s life and hurt them deeply.

This is a very realistic story that could happen in any town, any high school, and in any family.  From peer group pressure, to teen-age pregnancy, Ms. Mathieu has created a perfect story that has captured how some teenagers act…from their cliques, their cattiness and how they can sometimes be so mean and cruel just because it seems ‘cool’ to do so.  I am amazed at how the author has captured the essence of the teen-age years with well-developed characters and issues that are totally relatable in today’s society.

I loved the character Alice and how despite being alienated at school and having absolutely no support network, especially at home, she remained strong and stayed true to herself.  Kurt is my absolute hero in this book.  He has forever had a crush on Alice and in the end became a true friend that did not let the rumors and gossip get in the way from really getting to know Alice.

I really enjoyed reading this well written, thought provoking book and I highly recommend that every high school student and their parents should read it.

On a side note it appears this book is being marketed to the 12-17 age groups.  In my opinion, this book should really be geared more toward the 15 and up age group mainly due to language and sexual conversations that some parents might find unacceptable for their younger child.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (June 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596439092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596439092

You can find it here on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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