at last… Review & Giveaway: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

March 5, 2018 Book Review, Young Adult 6 ★★★★

at last… Review & Giveaway: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

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

The Truth About AliceThe Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
Published by Roaring Brook Press on June 3rd 2014
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Traded
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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.

‘at last…’ is a feature here at Forever 17 Books where I read and review older titles from my shelves, voted by you, and then give away my copy! Stick around after the review and giveaway to vote for next month’s ‘at last…’ read!

The Truth About Alice is told unlike anything I’ve read before. See, it’s a story about a girl named Alice, but not her story to tell at the same time. It’s a story about lies, gossip, rumors, and bullying. Told through multiple POVs, we meet this group of peers and the parts they play in the truths about Alice.

It’s a very quick read but in its short number of pages it really accomplished what it set off to do. It made me think and it made me feel. Alice is the target of some pretty vicious lies and slut shaming that leave her very isolated and alone in her school and town. The dynamic of how quickly people can turn on others and tear them down as a way to build themselves up is quite horrifying. I don’t believe we are really meant to like any of these characters that tell the story. They come off as pretty stereotypically written at first glance, until we peel back some of their layers and they each resonate a little in their own ways. Each character played a different role in the rumors from being responsible for orchestrating and spreading the lies, to turning their back on a friend, to saying nothing when they knew the truth. As we uncover how the events unfold we learn more about these characters and their own truths and secrets hidden beneath the surface that perhaps played a part in their actions. I was also quite horrified at the role the adults played in the story both for the spreading of such things as well as doing nothing to stop it. The injustice of it all was hard to swallow and I desperately wanted things made right for Alice.

This story was worth the read for its powerful message. I felt deeply connected to this story for personal reasons and I didn’t expect to feel as much as I did due to that. It packs quite the punch for a little novel and worth checking out if you haven’t done so already.


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About Jennifer Mathieu

I’m an English teacher, writer, wife, and mom who writes books for and about young adults. My novels include THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE, DEVOTED, and AFTERWARD.

My fourth novel, MOXIE, will be out in September 2017. It was recently optioned by Amy Poehler’s production company for film! It has a special Tumblr I adore that you can check out at!

All my novels are published by Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan.

My favorite things include chocolate, pepperoni pizza, and this super hilarious 1980s sitcom about four retired women called The Golden Girls. I can basically quote every episode.

I live in Texas with my husband, son, and dog!

When it comes to what I read, I love realistic young adult fiction (duh), creative nonfiction, super scandalous tell-all memoirs and unauthorized biographies, and basically anything that hooks me on the first page.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

6 Responses to “at last… Review & Giveaway: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu”

  1. Sam@WLABB

    I loved this book back when I read it. It was my first Mathieu book, and she is now a go-to author for me. I agree with you about the message in this book, and it will always be relevant, because people need to remember how powerful their words can be and the damage they can do.

    I have not read any of the books in the poll this month, but I really want to read Sway and A Walk in the Sun. I hope you read one of those, because I want to know if I should bother reading them.
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  2. Danielle Hammelef

    I remember when I first heard about this book that it sounded like one I needed to read as a mom of 3 daughters, so thank you for the chance. This sounds like an emotional and important book (unfortunately) in today’s world.

  3. Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

    This sounds like a great book with a very relevant message. The role the adults play in it is especially disturbing since they should know better, but I could see something like that happening in real life. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on The Truth About Alice.

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