Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Publication Date: June 3, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic, Young Adult
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Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether it’s true. The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault. Now the only friend she has is a boy who may be the only other person who knows the truth, but is too afraid to admit it. Told from the perspectives of popular girl Elaine, football star Josh, former outcast Kelsie, and shy genius Kurt, we see how everyone has a motive to bring – and keep – Alice down.
The Truth About Alice was a pretty good book and I liked the style that it was told in. I loved the fact that this book was about Alice herself but you don’t actually read anything from her point of view until the very end. It was quite a way to put a story where all this stuff was being talked about her but the main character isn’t there to tell her side and let you know what is going on or what she says is.
Realistic fiction is a genre for this book and you know what? This time, in this book, I can definitely see why this is called realistic fiction because while we are in school (or were for some of us that are out) we all know of that one girl who was called a slut, a whore, the one that got around even though you don’t really know if that’s true or not.
Alice, evidently, had sex with two guys at a party on the same night. I would say it was a threesome but, from the way the one guy talked about it, they took turns and she liked it. However, that guy then was killed in a car accident and of course, it was Alice’s fault because she was supposedly texting him dirty messages. Sexting, as the kids like to call it. This is all hearsay and from other peoples mouths though.
Then there is the smart nerdy guy who marches to the beat of his own drum, Kurt. He has always had a bit of a thing for Alice because she’s gorgeous and nice. He sees that she is hurting and alone and becomes friends with her by at first tutoring her for math. He was just an all around awesome guy. I mean, he heard the rumors about Alice but he paid them no attention. She was leary of him at first but then slowly they become friends.
I really enjoyed this book even though you don’t hear from the main character until the end. It gave it a very real spin on the book and let you see how the rumors start and are made into everyone else’s reality. It’s amazing that this type of thing happens all the time. Alice is a strong girl and you have to love her strength.