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review 2016-07-17 03:18
The Truth About Alice - Jennifer Mathieu

I'm glad I read this. And I recommend it. But in the long run, I'm not sure it's a book that will stick with me.

 

In my opinion, Kurt's chapters were the best. He spent the most time with Alice, he knew her, and thus his chapters were the most complex and...I don't know, interesting. As for the other characters, I finished unsatisfied with their stories. Elaine kind of turned things around, tried to make amends. Even if it was too little, too late she tried, and I appreciated that. But Kelsie? Josh? They never apologized for their actions. I wanted more from Kelsie. And I wanted more from Josh as well.

 

The main thing I didn't like is that there's so much unresolved! Kelsie's family situation/aftermath of her abortion was unresolved. The romantic feelings Josh had for Brandon (or maybe I've just been reading too much m/m and reading too much into it, lol) were only slightly hinted at. It is mentioned that Elaine and her mother both have some body image issues-what ever became of that? Did Kelsie apologize? Did Josh? The only thing resolved is Alice and Kurt's relationship. Ugh, I want more!!! MORE!!!

 

I would've liked to see things from Alice's perspective. We hear all this stuff about her and we don't even get to see her side of the story. But maybe that's the point? Hmm...

 

Here's the thing though: I hated what happened to Alice. I hated the slut-shaming, the rumors, the bullying. But I didn't feel as strong of an emotional connection as I would've liked.

 

Tl;dr version- it's good and I do recommend it, but I don't have strong feelings about it.

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review 2015-04-15 16:42
The Truth About Alice - Jennifer Mathieu

 I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book for my honest review.

 
 
    This book was WOW.  That is the only word I could think of  when writing this review. Eye-opening and riveting. I thought this book was well written and powerful. This book exposes the aftermath of lies, gossip and bullying. Powerful book and a wonderful read.  There are several reasons I think this book is so good.
   
    First, the different perspectives. This story is told by four different people and you get to explore there reasoning and get to know each one of them giving the story more depth.
 
  Second, the realism of this book. I felt like I was in this school, we have all been there. Hearing the rumors about one class mate or another. Never knowing the real story and getting swept up in all the talk. This book makes you remember the cliques in high school and perspective from all sides.
 
Third, Alice herself, she stays silent in most of the book. Just going about her life or what is left of it as the rumors fly and name calling ensues. We do hear her story and the last chapter is moving and wonderful.
 
 Lastly, I was shocked to find out this is Jennifer Mathieu first book so powerful and well written. I am looking forward to see what else se writes. I love finding new authors to read and this author now has a fan for life. 
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review 2015-03-31 07:58
The Truths from the Others Point of Views
The Truth About Alice - Jennifer Mathieu

Title: The Truth About Alice

Author: Jennifer Mathieu

Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont

Publication Date: Jun 1st 2014

Page Numbers: 149 pages

Blurb

A riveting YA novel about beauty, youth and the terrible power of malicious words. There are a lot of rumours about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether they’re true. It all started at a party when Alice supposedly was with two guys in one night. But when one of those guys died in a car crash, the rumours exploded into serious allegations that his death was Alice’s fault.

Now the one friend Alice has in her suffocating small town may be the only other person who knows the truth – but he’s too afraid to admit it. 

 

What I Thought (I reviewed it in Bahasa Indonesia)

Alice Franklin is a slut

Itulah yg dipercaya oleh seluruh murid di Healy High dan juga para orangtua di kota kecil Healy. Alice telah tidur dengan dua orang sekaligus, Brandon Fitzsimmons, sang quarterback terbaik sekolah sekaligus atlet terbaik yg dimiliki Healy dan Tommy Cray, mahasiswa tingkat dua, di pesta Elaine O'Dea, cewek terpopuler sekolah sekaligus pacar putus-nyambung Brandon. Bahkan sahabatnya, Kelsie Sanders, memutuskan hubungan dengan Alice. Beberapa minggu kemudian, Brandon tewas dalam kecelakaan mobil. Menurut Josh Waverly yg saat itu ada di kursi penumpang, Brandon teralihkan konsentrasinya karena ia menerima SMS yg tidak senonoh dari Alice ketika sedang menyetir. Alhasil, cap buruk yg melekat pada Alice bertambah satu lagi: pembunuh! 

Namun, apakah yg terjadi memang seperti itu?

Kisah yg mudah diprediksi endingnya. Tapi yg membuat buku ini unik, semua penceritaan tentang Alice tidak berasal dari sudut pandang orang pertama atau tidak dari POV Alice. Kita diajak melihat perspektif Elaine, Kelsie, Josh dan Kurt Morelli (genius nerd yg naksir berat sama Alice) terhadap rumor-rumor yg terjadi seputar Alice. Dan tentu saja, di balik semua prasangka terhadap Alice, ada rahasia yg lebih besar lagi yg disimpan masing-masing orang. 

Buat gw sih, yg paling biking shock adalah rahasia Kelsie dan Josh!

(spoiler show)


Buat gw, buku ini cukup menggambarkan hiruk pikuknya kehidupan remaja kota kecil di Amerika. Dan tetap saja, teenager sex masih jadi isu hangat sampai kapan pun, dengan segala resikonya (meski gw masih agak gak sreg dengan anggapan: It was one thing to be a girl who'd had sex. But it was something else entirely to be girl who'd had sex with two guys in one night (yep, yep, I'm an old fashioned, actually). 

This is a good book, even for a parent. Read the Kelsie's part, and you will know what I mean :)

 

Opening Lines

I, Elaine O’Dea, am going to tell you two definite, absolute, indisputable truths

 

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text 2015-02-01 00:20
January Challenge Books Read
The Queen of Hearts - Wilkie Collins
The Family from One End Street: And Some of Their Adventures - Eve Garnett
Further Adventures of the Family from One End Street. Written and illustrated by Eve Garnett (Puffin Books. no. PS 201.) - Eve Garnett
The Eye Of Love - Margery Sharp
The End Of Her Honeymoon - Marie Belloc Lowndes
The Truth About Alice - Jennifer Mathieu
Death in the Fog - Mignon G. Eberhart,M.K. Lorens

I'm doing three challenges this year (links at the end of the post).

 

This month's reads were wonderful. I enjoyed all of them and found two new authors that I've already read again (Eve Garnett and Mignon G. Eberhart) and one that I have two books ready to read (Margery Sharp).

 

Literary Birthday Challenge

 

Queen of Hearts - Wilkie Collins~ 1/11/15

 

Family From One End Street / Eve Garnett ~ 1/18/15

 

Further Adventures of the Family From One End Street / Eve Garnett ~ 1/26/15

 

Eye of Love / Margery Sharp ~ 1/30/15

 

Monthly Key Word Challenge (Last year I completed a book for each of the monthly key words. This year I'll do at least one, but I won't be challenging myself to do all the key words each month.)

Bad, Bird, End, Ever, Girl, Silence, Truth

 

End of Her Honeymoon / Marie Belloc Lowndes ~ 1/10/15

 

Truth About Alice / Jennifer Mathieu ~ 1/18/15

 

Family From One End Street / Eve Garnett ~ 1/18/15

 

Read-by-the-Month Challenge

 

Dark Garden (alternate title Death in the Fog) / Mignon G. Eberhart ~ 1/2/15

 

 

http://sockpoppet.booklikes.com/post/1074737/sock-poppet-s-2015-read-by-the-month-reading-challenge-january-prompts

 

http://bookmark2blog.blogspot.com/2014/11/2015-monthly-key-word-challenge-sign-ups.html

 

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1859056-literary-birthdays-challenge-2015

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review 2015-01-10 02:36
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
The Truth About Alice - Jennifer Mathieu

Date Published: June 3, 2014

Dates Read: 1/8/15 to 1/9/15

Rating: 3 stars

 

 

SynopsisEveryone 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.

 

 

My Thoughts: I’m honestly not sure how I feel about this book overall. I liked that the point’s of views flowed well together. I liked Kurt and Josh’s characters/points of view the best. I was not a fan of Elaine and Kelsie what so ever. They were the worst kind of high school girls, the ones who say things and start rumors just because they are bored or so they have something to talk about. I liked that Alice’s point of view was last and she didn’t talk about anything that happened throughout the story really. I also liked that the truth about what happened came out throughout the story. I am rating this book a 3 out of 5 stars for right now, I may change my rating later on. I liked it, but I don’t feel like it was anything spectacular.

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