The Truth About Alice



 The Truth About Alice
Jennifer Mathieu


From Goodreads:
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.

My Thoughts
Matthieu I commend you on your debut. Extremely provocative situations presented and you masterfully provided excellent characterization along with their POV taking the content even further.

The Truth About Alice is not just a book, it gives promise to the stories we constantly hear of in the news regarding bullying. The honest and bold approach sheds light and guides attention to the social issues faced at a delicate time in young adulthood. A very raw realistic glimpse into the world of high schoolers sans the sugar coating.

Purely character driven and Mathieu sets the bar high. The various characters gives us their POV’s and it adds another layer to the narrative. By individually hearing their sides you become familiar with the players snagging the reader further into the core of the story. My favorites were Kurt and my love/hate draw was definitely Kelsie. A grab bag of plausible characters every high school possesses.

A well crafted narrative addressing stereotypes and cliques, this is a must read for the young and the mature. I wouldn’t turn back the hands of time for anything, the youth of today has a tough go. Mathieu is an author on the rise, proof with this amazing debut. I anxiously await future projects. Seeing the world through her graphic lens was a true eye opener, thank you and job well done, be proud.

▪︎June 3rd 2014 by Roaring Brook Press
▪︎208 Pages
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review

Recommendation: 4/5


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