Monday, June 2, 2014

Early Review: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

Title:  The Truth About Alice
Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Source: Publisher
Published: June 3, 2014

Purchase:  Amazon  | B&N

Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether it’s true. The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault. Now the only friend she has is a boy who may be the only other person who knows the truth, but is too afraid to admit it. Told from the perspectives of popular girl Elaine, football star Josh, former outcast Kelsie, and shy genius Kurt, we see how everyone has a motive to bring – and keep – Alice down.



"...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."

Alice Franklin’s life is completely altered after one high school party.  She goes from a fun popular girl to one who seems to cave in on herself entirely.  Gone are the stylish and flirty outfits, now replaced with an oversized hoodie that she hides in.  Everyone’s talking about that night and how awful Alice is – and not just the kids at school, but their parents – and even her teachers.  Everyone knows that the star football player is dead because of Alice and what happened between them at that party. And you can always believe what everyone else says.  Because small-town gossip is gospel, and nobody would ever tell something that wasn’t the God’s honest truth.  Right?

The Truth about Alice is told from several different perspectives, and I found it to be enormously addictive while at the same time reminding me that high school is in fact the seventh circle of hell and most of its occupants the devil’s handmaidens.  As I began to read the wildly varying accounts of what happened to Alice, my heart broke for her.  I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll just say that this book is an absolute must for teens.  It accurately demonstrates the consequences of gossiping, lying, and bullying.   There is a good message here, and my hope is that young girls reading the story learn or continue to place a higher value on friendship and sisterhood than on boys and popularity rankings. 

This book proves that while not all relationships are worth saving, sometimes you can find the most worthy friendships in the most unexpected people. 

I am very impressed with Jennifer Mathieu’s debut novel – I can’t wait for more from this promising and talented author!

"How much did it hurt?  
It was like a million paper cuts on my heart."
My Rating: ★★★★ 1/2 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 


  1. I'm always on the look-out for debut authors, so thanks for bringing this book to my attention! The cover is pretty sweet too.

  2. I'm glad this one was such a good read! I do love encountering books that change perspective; really gives so much information and so many points of views. I love that! I haven't seen this one around, but it does sound very interesting!!

    Great review!

  3. Great review!! I'm reading this now and I am really enjoying it as well :)

  4. This sounds fantastic. And yes. High school is the seventh layer of hell. *hiss*. So I need to read this? *smoosh*

  5. I've heard mixed things on this. Some like it, some don't. But you've never steered me wrong, and it sounds like a very interesting read, so I'll add this one to the TBR! <3

    -Miki x

  6. I have seen several people talking about this book, and I've wondered about it! Your review is quite lovely and I will most definitely be adding The Truth About Alice to my TBR list! Well done, Michele x

    James Owen

  7. This is totally new to me Michelle, and it sounds quite good. I like the multiple perspectives.

  8. "high school is in fact the seventh circle of hell."

    You aren't kidding. I haven't read this one, but I've had my eye on it, and I'm sure that the next time I'm feeling YA contemporary this will be at the top of the list. Sometimes it's good to remind ourselves that speculation is speculation and not gospel. Great review, Michele!


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