Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

The Truth About Alice
Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Publication: June 3, 2014
By: Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan
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3 Stars 

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.

*I received this ARC from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review*

ALL ABOUT ALICE takes a hard look at the lies we tell about others and the secrets we keep ourselves. Watching Alice's story unfold through the eyes of several other people, all of whom have their reasons for saying what they do, was interesting but didn't blow me away like I wanted it to. We do get the real story from Alice herself, eventually, but then the book just ends.

I know I'm in the majority with this one, but I was expecting more from this story and these characters and it fell short for me. 

1 comment:

  1. A lot of books have been doing that lately: ending abruptly. Not loving that trend, but I'll still try to get to this book someday.