Review: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

July 17, 2014 5 Stars, Reviews 4

Title: The Truth About Alice
Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Slight Romance
Series: Standalone
Published On: June 3rd 2014
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 208
Format: e-ARC
Source: Netgalley- Received in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 5 Stars

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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.

Oh gosh. This book was NOT what I was expecting. At times, I felt like I couldn’t relate AT ALL to any of the characters, like they were unrealistic or too cliché, I don’t know… but then there were parts where my heart ached for the characters- even the ones I so desperately wanted to hate.

Elaine is the popular girl, the one you want to hate but can’t. She acknowledges all her faults and doesn’t deny how crappy some of her actions are. She owns up to what she does, even if it’s awful.

Kelsie is Alice’s former best friend. She’s not quite as popular as Elaine, and she’s overly aware of how quickly she could lose the status she does have, which is why she completely abandons Alice. I would never be able to do what she did, and I hated her for doing it, but I could understand it. I wanted to hate Kelsie and Elaine, but I just couldn’t. They were so human, so three-dimensional, so easy to relate to at times, that it made it impossible to just flat out hate them.

Josh… well, I felt like his role in the story was so irritating. He plays a part in Alice’s downfall, and I feel similarly about him as I do about Elaine and Kelsie, but I felt like he was a bit harder to get a grip on.

Kurt… I LOVED Kurt. He was probably the best character, and there honestly wasn’t a single scene that didn’t make me love him even more. He befriends Alice after everything happens, and sticks by her side, somewhat awkwardly, throughout the entire second half of the book. Kurt really made this book so much better!

Alice… Alice didn’t have a voice for most of the book. The book was told through the other characters point of views up until the end of the book, where she finally shows us her point of view. It wasn’t as big of a deal as I thought it might be. Everything was already revealed by then pretty much, but it was nice anyway.

The Truth About Alice is about how quickly rumors start, and how they travel even faster, and the impact they have on people’s lives. Not one single person got all the blame, but rather it showed how everyone had a part in what happened.

If you liked Thirteen Reasons Why, you’d probably like The Truth About Alice. It’s not as dark, but I feel like they have similar messages to share.

I loved this book, even though for awhile I didn’t think I would (based on the first chapter or two) and I’d definitely recommend it!


About Jessica

Jessica is an twenty year old blogger who lives in Michigan. She's currently a junior in college. She's a full-time student and part-time employee. She loves to read young adult fiction, especially contemporary, romance, and dystopian. Feel free to drop by and say hi by leaving a comment on one of her blog posts- she'll be sure to reply!

4 Responses to “Review: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu”

  1. Bella's Shelf

    I think almost all of us know a girl like Elaine at some point in our lives. I actually live next-door to an Elaine. I think I would enjoy this book. Right now I am reading a book by Kate Brian about a bunch of really rich snobby girls at an elite boarding school. It’s part of the Privilege Series. considering I usually go towards just dystopian style stories or horror/paranormal/zombie tales the fact that I am addicted to these books says a lot. Or maybe it doesn’t…lolz
    Sometimes books like these are just fun guilty pleasures. I don’t know. I never read the 13 Reasons Why even though I do have the e-book. It looks like a book I would like in theory, but when I tried to read it once upon a time I ended up putting it down after a couple of chapters.
    I guess sometimes you just got to be in the mood for a certain type of book.

    • Jessica Nicole

      I haven’t heard of that series, but I’ll definitely check it out. Thirteen Reasons Why was a book I read on a complete whim. I saw it in a Kroger and bought it after reading half the blurb on the back, and ended up reading the whole thing in one night. This was years ago, though, and I was probably fourteen. I was in love with the book back then, but now I can realize it had some faults. I still consider it a great read though, but I guess it won’t appeal to everyone. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  2. Giselle

    Omg this book! I really enjoyed it and I loved how realistic all the characters were no matter how unlikeable a person they were in theory. I also felt the same about Alice’s POV when it finally came. I expected a lot more, especially emotionally. Great review, Jessica!
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