Review: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

November 16, 2015 Review 31 ★★★

Review: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
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Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 208
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.
This book may be unsuitable for younger readers due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. Note that this review itself does not contain any inappropriate material.


“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.

Rating Report
Overall: 3

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

  1. Madiha @ Paper Skies

    I saw this online last year and I still cannot believe I haven’t picked this up – I HAVE TO SOON, because one of the main reasons I have been wanting to read it is BECAUSE of those stereotypes that you outlines above, Alise. It looks like the author has done a good enough job of their portrayal – I’d love to experience it firsthand for myself :)
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  2. Mara @ Mara Was Here

    I’ve read this book before (I can’t remember when), and I kind of liked it. Though it’s a bit stereotypical like you said, I still couldn’t reject the fact that it’s sterotypical because that’s how life really is.

    But still, the book didn’t give me the gripping feeling I thought it would. Maybe it just wasn’t for me.

    Really nice review, by the way. :)

    • Alise

      Exactly! That’s what I think too. Sometimes this one felt like more than 200 pages but I did like the message. Thank you :)

  3. czai

    I have been eyeing on this book for so long now. Despite how cliched this book sounds, I kind of feel that this is something I’ll read. The idea of being influence and influencing people is just my type of book. Great review! :)
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  4. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    This does sound like one of those important books that we should all read in our lifetimes, but to be honest: I don’t think I ever clicked on it on GR or anything like that either. I don’t know if it’s the cover or what but I just don’t feel drawn to this one. Your review here has made me curious though so I might just pick it up, when the right mood strikes ;)
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    • Alise

      That’s kind of what I was thinking too. Those “Must Read” lists ALWAYS get me so I couldn’t resist this one, plus it’s short ;)

    • Alise

      I have a terrible memory but I don’t think it was too dark? It’s just about how one rumor starts a chain of events that ends up affecting many people’s lives. It’s pretty short so I say give it a shot :)

  5. Peach @ Rebelle Reads

    Even though I have immense love for this standalone, I think you’re right. It really does rely on stereotypes. It reminds me of The Breakfast Club a bit. The Nerd, the Mean Girl, the Jock, etc. It’s so truthful and devastatingly real. Darling review!
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  6. A Canadian Girl

    This one sounds interesting so it’s too bad you didn’t think it was that memorable, Alise. I’ve seen the cover of this one around but didn’t really know much about it. I guess I’ll see if I can borrow a copy from the library and try a few chapters; if I like it, I’ll read it and if not, I won’t have wasted too much time.
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    • Alise

      Yeah, I would recommend that! It wasn’t a bad read, but I’m not sure if I will be able to tell you what exactly it was about in a few years.

  7. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    I’ve seen this book around but I must admit that I never really had an interest in picking it up. Not sure why, perhaps the synopsis and cover just seemed too similar to all the high school conflict stories on the shelves. I like the fact that it tackles some tough topics, but I think I might stick with my fantasy books for now. Lovely review Alise! xx
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    • Alise

      I feel you, it’s a short read with an important message but does rely on drama and some cliches to get the point across. Thank you!

  8. Lonna Y.

    The Truth About Alice was recommended to me some time ago, but I passed on it because I didn’t think I would like to read about the cruelties of rumor. I’m glad to hear there is more to this story. Thank you for the insightful review.
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