The truth about Alice by Jennifer Mathieu is probably the best, or at least one of the best books I’ve read so far this year. Well, it isn’t that difficult considering that 60% of the books so far have been terrible, 30% were ‘okay’, 5% were actually good and the other 5% haven’t been read yet.
Setting all that aside, this book was brilliant. Now, I always, or at least 99% of the time, find something to criticise about a book I’ve read. Maybe I’m extremely picky, or it’s time to start buying books in a different section… The thing is, there is not one thing I can say about this book that isn’t positive.
The truth about Alice is a book that can appeal to everyone, or at least everyone that’s had the high school experience. It’s a book about human nature, peer pressure and the consequences of our actions. It’s told in first person by four different characters, who are all involved in one way or another in the tragic bullying of another student.
So, what’s this book about?
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: “Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers” and “Alice got an abortion last semester.” After Brandon dies, the rumors start to spiral out of control. 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? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.
I don’t really want to get into the book because it would ruin it for anyone who wishes to read it. But I can say that it’s wonderfully written, it keeps you turning the pages non-stop and in some occasions, at least for me, it had me remembering certain aspects of my high school. Okay, nothing like that ever happened when I was in school, but I do remember certain kids being bullied or picked on. The characters are really realistic, and even though it’s told by four different students, their voices are different, so it’s not confusing at all. I also liked the fact that the story isn’t told by Alice, but by the people who are actually causing all of this to happen. I think that way, it’s so much more effective to actually see Alice as the victim, and get to understand all the characters and why they did what they did.
I seriously recommend this book, and for me to actually say something like this… Well, you know I can’t be joking.
Have you read this book? Did you love it or hate it? What books would you recommend?
And to cheer your day up in case it’s being a shitty one, here’s a funny pic:
If you’re having a good day, you’re still entitled to laugh at this picture.