Apr 132015
Review: The Truth About AliceThe Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
Narrated by: Ali Ahn, Elizabeth Morton, Graham Halstead, Michael Bakkensen, Saskia Maarleveld
Published by Recorded Books on Jun 3, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Format: Audiobook from Library
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

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.

I have wanted to read this book since I first saw details before its publication. I finally got to it, and in audiobook format even, and I’m so glad. This is an extremely powerful story.

There are several things that greatly annoyed me, including the ending, but without spoilers, it’s hard to talk about any of it. Even though some parts made me angry, the fact that I felt such forceful emotions speaks volumes about the book.

The audiobook has several narrators, one for each of the characters telling the story. It’s not often I listen to full cast narrations, and it was an interesting experience. The varying voices made it super easy to understand who was narrating, and it was fulfilling to have a voice personality to go with the character personalities. I quite liked the experience.

Overall, this book had a number of important and powerful messages, especially about bullying and the power of rumour. I found it to be a very emotional read, and one that generated strong opinions about aspects of the book. In order to keep this spoiler-free, I’ll save those opinions for a separate rant. Regardless, this is a very worthwhile read, and is sure to generate discussion.

  2 Responses to “Review: The Truth About Alice”

  1. i forgot to continue the rant discussion with you! i’m glad overall you seemed to have enjoyed it though 🙂

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