Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Release Date: June 3rd 2014
Genres: Adolescence, Bullying, Dating & Sex, Social Issues, Young Adult
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.
“There are some things, like your eighth grade boyfriend kissing some other girl at a middle school dance, that are easy to forgive.
And there are some things that are just unforgivable.”
I’ve heard a lot about THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE but I’m not sure if I ever clicked on it on Goodreads or anything. It also always seems to be on those “Top YA Books You Should Read Before You Die” lists and I am huge sucker for those. So when I saw it at the library I thought, why not?
At first I wasn’t too happy with THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE because it relied on stereotypes. However, I soon I realized how ingenious this was. Although each character, each POV, technically fits a cliche, we get to know each of them and are shown the reasoning behind their thoughts. They think like real people, just like any of us. I think that’s where the beauty of the story lies: they are so stereotypical because they are supposed to be.
True to life, this book depicts how one person’s actions can spark a fire greater than they ever imagined, creating lies you can’t come back from and showing how just one person can influence many. It depicts how something so little, a small rumor, even, can easily spiral out of control and ruin lives.
THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE represents reality and how we aren’t all perfect angels. It addresses topics that are sometimes considered taboo in YA but need to be talked about because they are part of everyday life. Is a very interesting read that I would probably recommend to anyone but I’m not sure how memorable this one will be and although the stereotypical characters have purpose, they are still little bit of a negative for me.