Review: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

Review: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer MathieuTitle: The Truth About Alice
Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Publication Date: June 3, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic, Young Adult
Pages: 208
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Check it out on Goodreads: HERE
Rating: three-stars
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.

 

Review: Get Happy by Mary Amato

Review: Get Happy by Mary AmatoTitle: Get Happy
Author: Mary Amato
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Check it out on Goodreads: HERE
Rating: three-stars
A hip high school girl who loves music, writes songs, and is desperate for a ukelele, learns to her shock that her father did not abandon her years ago and has been trying to keep in touch. She begins to investigate him, only to discover that he has a new life with a new family, including the perfect stepdaughter, a girl who Minerva despises.

This story seemed a bit all over the place to me. At times it was her pinning for a ukulele and then at times it was her pinning for the father that left her when she was younger. Also you throw in a love interest and you got that going on. However, it was a cute story and the songs in them were pretty catchy that Minerva writes. I like that she wants a ukulele because that is an instrument that you never read about.

When Minerva found a package from her father on her birthday though you knew some stuff was going to go down and that her Mom was the one to blame. The extent that she went to though was kind of frightening and I would think something like that deserves her to see some kind of shrink.

I loved Minerva’s friend Fin, I thought he added a lot to the story as a supportive character. He was funny, strong, and adventurous. He gave her the push and support that Minerva needed especially when she was finding out that her Dad maybe wasn’t the guy she thought he was, or that her mom had told her.

Overall, this book was alright. It was a cute story that I liked well enough. Some of it was boring and scattered but nothing too bad. A solid 3 star book.

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