But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?
Rumor has it 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 had 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.
First Sentence: I, Elaine O’Dea, am going to tell you two, definite, absolute, indisputable truths.
It’s no secret that The Truth About Alice is one of my most anticipated 2014 books. Ever since I saw the cover of the ARC and read the summary of the book, I knew I had to get the book in my hands. I mean, I wanted to read The Truth About Alice so badly that I nervously asked Jennifer Mathieu, the author of The Truth About Alice, if she wanted to do an author interview with me, the first interview I did with any anybody, nevertheless an author whose book I really wanted to read. That was how excited I was for The Truth About Alice.
It’s weird, because Alice Franklin doesn’t sound like a slutty name. It sounds like the name of a girl who takes really super good Chem notes or volunteers at the Healy Senior Center…But that’s totally not Alice Franklin. Hell no. (ARC 2)
A quick warning to all of you: The Truth About Alice will be a hard book to get into at first. The first chapter starts with massive info-dumping and to be honest, most of The Truth About Alice was full of info-dumps and telling, not showing. The Truth About Alice was written kind of like in the style of a diary without the “dear diary” headline. The main characters are basically telling you what had happened and what’s currently going on through their minds as they are retelling those events that had happened. You’re not watching the events unfold, they are just informing you about them. There was a little dialogue in The Truth About Alice compared to other contemporary books I’ve read, making it really hard for me to connect to the book (I connect to books with more dialogue than books with less dialogue), but I got used to The Truth About Alice‘s style as I read on.
“You want to sleep with me, don’t you?” Alice said, shutting her Algebra II textbook. You might even say she slammed it. “You think I’ll, like, do it with you in exchange for math help, don’t you?” (ARC 87)
One word to describe The Truth About Alice is real. Or raw. Either one works. I can picture any event in The Truth About Alice happening in real life – all the drama, the rumors, the bullying, the isolation, everything. Not one thing in The Truth About Alice was overly fake or exaggerated; everything just rings true. The Truth About Alice explores the world of high school really well (I just graduated from high school two years ago so you can trust me on this) and opens your eyes to the silly reasons why people who attend high school would do the things they do.
On the other hand, although I do like how raw and real The Truth About Alice was, in the end, I felt like I got nothing much out of the book. Yes, I got the message The Truth About Alice is sending out, but I just didn’t have a strong sense of the book. I finished reading The Truth About Alice about nineteen minutes ago from the time I’m writing this review and I’m already losing the impact the book had on me, if that makes any sense. The Truth About Alice just didn’t linger in my mind as books about this topic should had. The problem for me is that I felt that The Truth About Alice didn’t explore the topic of the rough side of high school thorough enough or in depth enough. I’m sure that The Truth About Alice will make a larger impact on other people, but to me, it sadly didn’t.
I really can’t handle talking about this for too long because it just hurts too much, but I do want to say that 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. (ARC 193)
Overall, if you’re looking to read a book that’s real and raw and will show you the rough side of high school, then The Truth About Alice is the right book for you. However, if you’re looking for a book that looks deeper into the issue, then The Truth About Alice may just not be the book for you.