Review: All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry

June 20, 2014 Review 48 ★★★★

Review: All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry
All the Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry
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Publisher: Viking
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 274
Release Date: September 26th, 2014
Genres: Historical, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family.

Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas.

But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.

This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.


“I have no words to save you.”

ALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME is a dark book, but it tells a powerful story so I would expect nothing less. It was another random pick that I just started on a whim. Four hours later, I can easily call this one of my favorites despite it being an extremely tough book to rate and review.

“This will be a new amputation. You’ve been a part of my flesh, underneath all my skin. Your removal will bleed and leave me lame for a time.”

The very best part of this book is also its only downfall. It revolves around this mystery, this whodunit and why aspect, and just when you think you know all the details you realize you could not have been farther from the truth. How could this be a bad thing? Well, Judith’s story is a long unveiling, and going in with the few things you know from the synopsis and not much else, it can be frustrating. However, the reveal is well worth the wait and learning the story the way Judith wants to tell it not only shows her character development, but also her frustration.

Some will not like the writing style. It is written in fragments that are a few pages long at most, so the story does jump around sometimes. I found this to be part of the charm, but it takes a bit of time to get used to. It is easy to read, but also very deep. There are some amazing quotes in this book.

“Like a soldier back from battle you fill my vision. You’re a flood, a baptism I’d forgotten, and the force of you leaves me breathless.”

There is a romance. A very sweet, innocent, romance that did not drag the plot down but added another special little element to it. It’s historical fiction so the romance isn’t heavy and heated because of the customs of the time period but it was just as fulfilling.

So if you’ve been dragging your feet on reading this one or at the very least it interests you, I recommend giving it a try! It’s worth the read.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.1

48 Responses to “Review: All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry”

  1. Silvia @ Darkest Sins

    The cover looks familiar, so I have a feeling I saw this book on another blog but I can’t remember which one… Anyway, it sounds good and I always appreciate a stand-alone from time to time, to take a break from all the series I read. Thanks for the suggestion, Alise! :)
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    • Alise

      Maybe! It was on a lot of Waiting on Wednesdays :) Me too, so many series can get really overwhelming. Sure!

  2. Cait @ Notebook Sisters

    I can’t even love this story any more than I do. IT IS ABSOLUTE GENIUS!!! *hugs book* I’m so glad I read it. It was like a one afternoon munch for me and I was in such a book daze afterwards. Now that I look back, the mystery was kind of frustrating, but I was too entranced to look away. I was a bit made at Lucas though. Gee, he took a while to catch on. Judith just made me want to cry and hug her.
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    • Alise

      Yay, I’m glad you liked this one too :D Me too, me too. Yeah, it really does suck you in pretty easy. Yes! I feel so bad for her but she perseveres.

  3. Veronika

    Love your review. :) I read this book a while ago but it’s still one of my favorites in the mystery category. I liked the writing style and got used to it after a few pages because somehow it fit the story and Judith’s personality. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and it’s perfect for the story. I loved Judith’s character, she suffered so much, she completely deserved a happy end. :)
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    • Alise

      Thank you :) I felt exactly the same, it really draws you in and it’s just so unique in that way with the writing and such. She definitely did!

  4. Bec

    I did not realise this was historical. Now I want to read it more. It sounds like I’ll love this :)

    • Alise

      Colonial, which was very interesting. You should someday! I’d be curious to know who you think did it.

  5. Kirsty-Marie

    I didn’t even know it was historical fiction! Really does give nothing away. Which I love, since it’s fun going in not knowing much. And I do love mysteries and I love trying to figure them out, so yay for that. I was avoiding this one for some reason, maybe the cover? Looked like a heavy one. And a sweet romance <3. :)
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    • Alise

      Colonial times! That’s good! Because this one isn’t big on giving out information right away xD I think you might like this one then! The cover is kind of intimidating but it’s more symbolic than anything. (But still somewhat of a heavy read) Yes! :)

    • Alise

      Thanks, Joy!
      Exactly, if you get too bogged down by the details, it’s not going to be an enjoyable read. I think so too!

  6. lectus

    I couldn’t stand this one and DNF it. Why, it said from the beginning who did it. It was just a matter of waiting to see if she would have the guts to say it.
    My main problem was the book format; it wasn’t my style.
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  7. Neysa Kristanti

    Ooh, this does sounds like a dark and heavy read :D But glad that you love this one. And yay for the romance! They are usually undeveloped when the plot itself was already intricate, but gad to hear that the one in this book is good :)

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    • Alise

      It definitely has its darker moments, for sure! Thanks! I think everything in this one was balanced pretty well.

  8. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    Yesss this book! It was really dark and creepy in a sense, and I definitely agree that not everyone will love the writing style. I cannot wait for future books by this author.

    Lovely review, girly! <33

    • Alise

      I didn’t either until I started reading then I was like “Waaaa?” haha. But yeah, it’s colonial America. Thank you!

    • Alise

      Yes indeed! I was really surprised when I started reading it I had to go back to Goodreads and sure enough, Colonial America is the setting for this one. Definitely misleading. Also I looked at the cover a little more and her white outfit is from that time period.

  9. Tanja

    I have seen this one around and I must say that I’m really curious about it. I like how dark it sounds. Also I know some people are having troubles with fragmented writing but I tend to enjoy it. Great review! :)
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    • Alise

      Yeah, the mystery had me frustrated at times. I kind of like the know what’s going on from the beginning but the overall story made up for it. Not for everyone though!

      Thank you :D

  10. Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

    Yes – I agree with this 100%! This book is definitely not for everyone, like you said, but if you can connect to the writing style, it’s such a powerful story. <3

    The unveiling of the story is definitely a long process, but I agree with you saying that it's more than worth the wait.

    AND YES! I totally loved Lucas + Judith together! <3

    Thanks for sharing Alise, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3
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    • Alise

      I’m glad that you felt the same about this one :D It really is! Aren’t they so cute :P I really liked them together.

      Thank you, Zoe :3

  11. Andreea

    Awesome review. I will check it out for sure as I like the sound of it and I love mystery and suspense in books!

    • Alise

      That’s exactly what I thought too, until I started reading. I wish it would have mentioned something in the synopsis. Yay! I’m glad!

  12. Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

    Fragmented writing can be a hit/miss for me, but hopefully I’ll like it in this one. I’ve been really curious about this one–it seems really dark, and I do like to read those kinds of books every once in a while. Also, the sweet romance? Yeah, I think I’d like that. ;)
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    • Alise

      It’s not too bad, like it doesn’t fully hinder the writing… it’s more straightforward. Yeah! Those two elements kind of balance each other out :)

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