review · YA Contemporary

THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE by JENNIFER MATHIEU

Kindle Edition, 208 pages Published June 3rd 2014 by Roaring Brook Press (first published June 1st 2014)

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.

REVIEW

Alice Franklin is slut.Or is she?

I read this on my kindle in a day.After a party at the most popular girl’s house a horrible rumor spread its disgusting tentacles all over town. Alicia Franklin slept with two men in an hour. Needless to say that didn’t help Alicia’s reputation at all and then one of the men,Brandon Fitzsimmons, she supposedly slept with that night dies in a car accident, rumors have it she is to blame for that too.The story is set in a small Texas’s town and is told through different points of view .Elaine is the school’s queen bitch but in reality she isn’t that bitchy and I like the fact that she knows who she is and owns up to her actions. In the end of the book I got the impression that from anyone involved she will be the one to probably sleep a little easier at nights. Next is Josh, Brandon’s best friend and responsible for one the bad things that are said about her. I didn’t like him at all, he seemed to be quite stupid and a total coward. Then we have Kelsey, Alice’s ex best friend and in my opinion the most horrible of them all. Her jealousy and her insecurities lead her to betray her best friend and do/say horrible things. Last but not least we have Kurt: the wonderfully cute nerd guy that has a huge crush on Alice’s and is the only one that TRULY knows what happened that night. He becomes her only friend and help  her with school and her loneliness.

I liked the writing and the characters felt like real teenagers, which is in a way a bit  rare in YA books. This is the kind of book i like to read from that genre and i was very pleased with it.

Rating: 4 stars.

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