Winner of the Children's Choice Book Awards' Teen Choice Debut Author AwardEveryone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party. When Healy High star. Jennifer Mathieu's The Truth about Alice. Book Excerpts. Excerpt 1, p. 1 6. This excerpt is a condensed version of the first chapter of the book. It is suggested. It's written all over the "slut stall" in the girls' bathroom: "Alice had sex in exchange But in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, exactly what is the truth about Alice?.
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Because I would have been too scared to not go along with the majority. Like, I would have been a passive sort of Nazi, but I still would have been a Nazi.
I never said anything out loud, of course, but I remember reading that book in Ms. I would have rebelled. But clearly if everybody thinks that way and in reality only a few people actually did it way back then doesn't that make me the honest one?
Who hasn't? But my high school experience was more like Alice's than any other point of view in this book. My quirky-ness was something that I had to learn the hard way would only be lame in high school. This book touched every emotion I remember having, all the ache, heartache, and pain I felt. Remembering people who were my friends, then gradually having them not like me because I wasn't what was considered cool Because it is like a million paper-cuts to your heart.
This book was about hiding truths, hiding who you are, and about realizing that at the time you think high school was everything and that it would define the rest of your life That it's just high school. That the people or person who stood beside you through it all; the rumors, the torture, the lies, and saw who and what you really are, are the ones who will mean more to you than you do to yourself.
The transition from character to character, the pov change, the time change all leading up to Alice's point was done in such a unique and interesting way. And I read it loud and clear, there was never any other way to go but a five star rating. View all 13 comments. I had mixed feelings about this book, although I did like it over all. It uses multiple points of view to tell a story about a girl named Alice, who everyone blames for the death of a popular boy at school because she was supposedly texting him when he crashed his car and died.
We get the perspectives of various other kids from Alice's school and their reactions to her and the whole situation. I thought the use of point of view changes was interesting. It almost had a "documentary" sort of fee I had mixed feelings about this book, although I did like it over all.
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It almost had a "documentary" sort of feel to it, as if each character was being interviewed about their experience——and it was their collective voices that brought all the little pieces together into something whole. That said, I found the characters themselves a little lacking. I had the same issue with this book that I have with a lot of other books that use multiple points of view; for the most part, the characters' voices weren't very distinguishable from each other, and a lot of the time I kept mixing up who was who.
In addition to that, I felt like the characters' "teenage" voices were a bit forced. That is, they didn't sound like actual teenagers to me——but more like stereotypical teenage characters from TV shows. The dialogue came off as kind of robotic and a lot of the terminology the characters used sounded outdated. Like, when's the last time you heard a modern-day teenager refer to someone as "freaky deaky"?
But while the writing style and characters fell a bit flat for me, there were some things I still enjoyed and appreciated about the book.
It addressed a lot of important issues——bullying, slut-shaming Sometimes I felt like it was kind of juggling more issues than it could handle, especially because a lot of them were kind of brushed over and didn't contribute much to the actual plot.
But at least the thought was there. Probably the best thing about the book for me was the friendship between Alice and Kurt. I thought I was going to absolutely hate the whole plotline, since the whole "tutoring someone to get closer to them" trope is so so so overused. But somehow, I did find myself really rooting for them to be friends and I thought their relationship was sweet. I mean, there was a hint of that at the very end——but ultimately, the important thing was that Kurt would be Alice's friend when no one else would be, and that he tried to understand her when no one else tried to.
But on top of that, it wasn't like he was trying to "save" her or anything. And in the end, it wasn't like their friendship fixed everything, but at least they had each other for company and that was nice. But without spoiling anything: The final word: I feel like there was a really good story somewhere in this book, and I don't know if it was quite realized.
I wanted the characters to be developed further and based less on stereotypes, and for their voices to be more realistic and more distinguishable from each other. But I do think the book is about an important subject, and there were parts of it I did find powerful.
I didn't think it was amazing, but I do still think it was worth reading. Un libro molto intenso. Un libro che centra perfettamente il punto della situazione.
Un libro che tutti gli adolescenti dovrebbero leggere, dove non ci sono persone buone o cattive, ma ragazzi che decidono di prendere una determinata via e sono costretti, poi, a fare i conti con la propria coscienza. Un libro che mostra cosa significa essere adolescenti nel mondo di oggi. Lettura meravigliosa e consigliata a tutti! See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads 3. While I didn't find myself loving it as I had hoped, it's definitely worth reading as it addresses some serious topics that need closer attention in the real world.
What caught my eye on this book was certainly the synopsis. Alice Franklin, one of the popular girls at school, was said to have slept with two guys in one night at a party. Soon the rumour mill starts churning and everyone is calling her a slut. But just when all the gossip was coming to a slowing stop, Brandon--one of the guys Alice slept with--dies.
Now they all blame Alice, after all, who else could have been distracting him while driving his car? It's written by the jock, the ex-best friend, the queen bee and the nerd. Typical much? So we have the jock--Josh. He was Brandon's best mate and together, they were Healy High's best football players. Girls would stalk after them and they were at the top of the social ladder. But when Brandon dies in a car crash, allegedly believed to be Alice Franklin's fault, Josh feels lost and confused.
I was astonished to see how she ditched Alice so quickly just because she didn't want to fall down the social ladder by association with "the slut".
She's a Mary Sue and a bitch, to put it straight-forwardly. And lastly, there is Kurt--who is Healy's greatest genius. I definitely enjoyed his perspective the most, he was so sweet!
The reason why I didn't love this novel was due to the characters. Like I said, the stereotyping wasn't annoying, however I found myself really lacking an attachment towards them. At times, the characters' voices came out contrived which really put me off.
I think Elaine's perspective was most awkward and unrealistic. Perhaps it's because she was a Mary Sue but gosh was she up herself and irksome! The Truth About Alice possesses a subtle amount of romance. Kurt's the school nerd but I love how he doesn't give a crap about being a social pariah and how he wasn't stereotyped into being a guy without hormones and only thinks about maths equations in his spare time.
I found it very cute how he's always had a crush on Alice and didn't judge her because of the rumours that lurk in every corner of the school. The fact that they bonded over him tutoring maths to Alice just made it even more adorable. It doesn't really overpower the main focus point of the story line, and their relationship is written authentically, despite the book being so short.
A realistically portrayed novel about bullying, acceptance and trust; this is a novel that I highly recommend if you love high school dramas. I found it to be a very well planned story that shows us how out of control one rumour can get. View 2 comments.
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Read this review and more on my blog In a nutshell: A realistic novel of bullying and slut-shaming, told from the perspectives of characters other than the "victim". According to rumours, Alice Franklin slept with two guys in one night at a party. One of those guys was Brandon Fitzsimmons, who died in a car crash just a few days later. Apparently Alice is to blame for that too and the rumours, bullying and her isolation escalates even further.
It's a huge scandal in their small town but what's th Read this review and more on my blog In a nutshell: It's a huge scandal in their small town but what's the truth?
Something that appealed to me about The Truth About Alice was the fact that it's narrated by several characters who know Alice, but we don't really hear from her. It made it a little different to similiar kinds of books and allowed for more focus on the thoughts of her peers. The characters were very cliche and generally unlikeable, but it was interesting in a sense to read from their perspective and see how they handled the situation with Alice.
The book not only shows how we view sex specifically women having sex as a society but the impact of judgement and gossip. A prominent theme of the book is bullying. It's horrible how Alice is treated and the author actually portrayed it realistically. It's how these kind of situations tend to be handled and while it is cliche, it deals with how relationships are affected and the impact of such bullying and isolation.
Specifically The Truth About Alice deals with slut-shaming - Alice is shunned for supposedly sleeping with two guys in one night. A book that deals with a subject like this is important, especially considering how it echoes actual experiences of girls in school being shamed for having and enjoying sex. Honestly, this isn't normally "my kind of book" as always, the definition of that can mean a lot of things but let's just say that this isn't something I'd consider to be a part of that group but I've been curious about it for a while now.
For what it was, I liked it. Publisher I received this book from the publisher for participating in the Fierce Reads street team Initial Review: I liked the POV thing and how it was about different perceptions of Alice, without really hearing from her. It deals with some horrible things in a realistic way, mostly slut shaming and bullying. It was a quick read and one that I appreciate for a lot of reasons, but the characters were pretty cliche and unlikeable perhaps this was intentional and I'm not a huge fan of these kind of books personally.
For what it was though, I liked it. It just wasn't wow. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change. On my first list of people that I detest has to be her ex best friend An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review.
On my first list of people that I detest has to be her ex best friend. The girl who is selfish enough to keep spreading rumours about her old friend just so she can stay in the popular circle. Second to that list, is the Most Popular girl and she blames Alice when in reality HE is to blame for his own actions. The pacing is pretty much perfect because you really do want to know who was behind the death and the mystery surrounding it was exactly what I thought it would be, yet it still surprised me.
How incredibly insane it is to put forth blame on Alice. This book you guys.. This book broke me. Overall, I suggest grabbing this book for a quick relatable read. Make sure to keep an open mind though, it was an infuriating read especially if you have strong opinions about bullying. View all 3 comments. Jennifer Mathieu racconta, in maniera semplice e cruda, l'universo adolescenziale e le sue dinamiche all'interno della ristretta cerchia scolastica.
Ostentazione del nulla. Tutto, ma non amicizia e spensieratezza. Ho sempre scelto e di rimando sono stata scelta dalle persone con cui stavo bene, a mio agio.
Ragion per cui tutte le Elaine, Kelsie o Tommy, Josh, campioni di football etc Mi hanno sempre montato un omicidio assurdo, anche ai tempi del liceo. Vorrei dire loro di pensare prima di agire e di non riversare le proprie delusioni, frustrazioni ed errori sugli altri. May 06, Alice-Elizabeth marriedtobooks rated it liked it Shelves: I found out that this book was being published in the UK which has a bright yellow colour to it.
Seeing it at the library, I quickly borrowed a copy to read. As this review goes up, I haven't read Moxie but do have a copy of it on my shelf. This is definitely not a book for readers under the age of The content see trigger warnings above made the majority of the chapters quite graphic at times. Although this novel is very quick my edition was pages long , I just didn't feel fully settled and often, got confused between the changes in POV. After a student from the school Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, many people blame the actions of Alice, rumours fly and no-one knows who to trust.
Some of the behaviour I read throughout the novel was shocking, that Alice's family knew what was going on but wouldn't do anything about it. That fact didn't sit well with me. The saving grace was a character called Kurt, even though he does hide something away from Alice, he read like a decent, kind student who only wanted to help Alice with her failing grades.
His POV was refreshing to read because it wasn't so negative. The ending was abrupt and would liked to have seen what happened after the final chapter. Overall, this was a very difficult read for me, I probably wouldn't read this book again in the future.
Mar 17, Rapunzel rated it really liked it Shelves: I want to photocopy every page of this book and run through my high school hallways to fling it in the air like a madman. I actually read this book in two hours. The best part? Alice is not a Mary Sue. How can I describe this novel? For reference, this book is like 4. And slowly but surely, the truth about Alice may not be as black-and-white as everyone likes to think. Elaine was never an overtly malicious character, more of an individual who only saw from her own side, and therefore was never able to empathize with Alice — because Alice was the Big Bad Slut.
Equally satisfied with Kurt. No, Kurt is reasonably happy with his life. And that is an incredibly important message. I hate it when YA books portray the outcast as completely and utterly miserable. Kelsie was great too.
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Kelsie struggles with her guilty conscious as well as her dark secrets, but none of it is enough overcome her fear of ostracism and reach back out to Alice. No one character in this book is one-dimensional.
His story was the most predictable, and that was my only qualm. And could be a good one. The way they treat her is disgusting, because they believe she is lower than dirt. But Ms. Sure, some of the narratives do, but [one in particular] shows that Alice was the scapegoat to the real issues at hand. Each of their stories intertwine so seamlessly. I was surprised to find that some of my fellow reviewers thought that the way Alice was treated was too harsh.
I can honestly say that if some adults went back to live the lives of high schoolers nowadays, they would hardly last a day. It is brutal. The Truth About Alice captures that perfectly. No one tries to approach Alice, or hurt Alice, or beat her up.
No… they verbally abuse her, mentally breaking her down with their anonymous proclamations of hate scribbled on the bathroom stalls and their whispers taunt her through the halls. Almost everyone. Alice does not let her pain and suffering consume her: The Truth About Alice is a book that I've been wanting to read for a long time, and I was so excited to pick it up. But when it comes down to writing a review, I really don't know how to explain my feelings for this book.
It hooked me, yes, so much so that I finished it in just a day. But it was also brief, and I feel like if the story had come full circle a little bit more, I would definitely have upped my rating. When Healy High star quarterback, Brandon Fitzsimmons, dies in a car crash, it was because he was sexting with Alice.
Ask anybody. Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the "slut stall" in the girls' bathroom: In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they "know" about Alice--and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life.
But in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, exactly what is the truth about Alice? Perhaps one stellar thing Jennifer Mathieu has done is her fleshing out of every character. Because of the ample insights into every point of view, I really felt like I knew each one of them so well and I even began to empathise with them.
Now don't get me wrong. Everyone except Kurt is a self-absorbed, conceited, selfish jerk. Elaine was the popular mean bitch, Josh was the star quarterback's best friend, always silver to his gold; and Kelsie was the most despicable, sniveling, revolting piece of scum I've ever seen, and whatever she went through was no excuse at all. But all these characters were real. They might have done some stuff that was really low, but at least I knew what was going on in their heads and why they did what they did.
And that's something every author should strive for: I wished we'd gotten more from Alice, instead of just one chapter from her point of view. I wanted to know more about her family background. And when everyone spread the slanderous rumors about her, why didn't she confront them knowing those rumors were untrue?
Why didn't she defend herself instead of withdrawing into a shell? I had so many questions. There is a lot of depth to this book too, but like I said the ending, although tinged with hope, was a little too soon or so I felt. It definitely gives you an insight into the extent to which rumors can spread from just one person's mouth. And in turn, bullying can happen and people can form untrue opinions about the victim. It isn't nice and it isn't tolerable.
But it's reality. This story is a glimpse into reality. Actual rating: Mar 10, Zyra rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 09, Ksenia rated it really liked it Shelves: The Truth About Alice is a rather short story. Surprisingly it was a satisfying and thought-provoking book.
This book is about Alice Franklin, a girl who supposedly slept with two guys at a party. Now she is a school slut. But she becomes a total social pariah after Brandon, one of the guys is killed in a car-crush distracted by her inappropriate texts.
We have four POVs: Elaine — a popular girl, a queen-bee of her class. Josh — a popular jock and Brandon's best friend 3. Kurt — computer nerd who lives next door to Brandon. The author gave up a picture of how damaging and uncontrollable rumors can be.
The author also gave an insight on why people start and spread rumors. Now she gets a chance to be popular, she is willing to sacrifice her friendship with Alice, if it means she would be accepted into school elite. Deep down Josh also is afraid not to be popular, to be left behind. Being on the top of hierarchy ladder means she must be mean and unforgiving. I did have several issues. But despite this the book as a whole worked wonderfully.
There was also a hint of a romance, which I liked. On the side note: My first thought was that she was raped. Often authors just use this topic to spice up their stories it wasn't the case here , and it makes me sad. All in all The Truth About Alice was a solid book that brings the light on important topics, I recommend it.
You can find my reviews: Mar 02, AH rated it it was amazing Shelves: Initial Thoughts: This is a must read for all kids in high school. Told from clearly labelled multiple viewpoints, this story shows how gossip and lies can grow and take a life of their own and how one girl lived with the incessant slut shaming and ridicule for a year.
Real powerful stuff. Read it. The Review: The Truth About Alice by debut author Jennifer Mathieu is a must-read for every teen and everyone who works with teens or lives with them. It's a powerful book about bullying, slut-shaming, Initial Thoughts: It's a powerful book about bullying, slut-shaming, and gossip gone wild.
Every middle school and high school needs to have a copy of this book. If you have a teen or pre-teen of your own, read this book. The Truth About Alice is not a long book but its contents carry a punch. It's the anatomy of a bullying told from the point of view of the kids involved. The story is told from four points of view which would be cumbersome in many other situations, but in the case of this book, it works well.
Then we have the victim Alice. We don't hear her point of view until the very end which in many ways reflects real life situations of bullying.
We only seem to hear from the victim when there is a tragedy. I liked how the story unfolds. It show the events that led up to Alice being picked as a target for bullying and how one lie rapidly grows a life of its own. Since the characters speak from their own points of view, we learn of each character's motivations. Despite being dragged to hell and back, Alice handles the entire situation with dignity and poise and even a dry sense of humor.
My favorite chapter was the last chapter when Alice got her voice and her turn to speak. My only qualm with this book is that had this situation occurred in my area, I'm pretty sure that parents and school administrators and even the authorities would have been alerted.
Especially the part where kids write about Alice in the bathroom stalls. I know that school administrators in my area would not stand for that. The Truth About Alice - Read it. And if you know of anyone getting bullied in this way, do something about it. Christal and I discuss this book on Badass Book Reviews. Check it out! Tek kelimeyle harika! Kitap ismi: Almost Finished or Finished 2 15 Mar 10, Readers Also Enjoyed. Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.
When Healy High star quarterback, Brandon Fitzsimmons, dies in a car crash, it was because he was sexting with Alice. Ask anybody. Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the "slut stall" in the girls' bathroom: In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they "know" about Alice—and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life.And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.
Although this novel is very quick my edition was pages long , I just didn't feel fully settled and often, got confused between the changes in POV. Error rating book.
We are all just humans, we make mistakes and we all have our own reasons for doing selfish things. The book is very blunt and honest, making the reader aware of how our judgments can affect other people and how easily the truth can be distorted.
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