By: Melanie | August 28, 2013 | (17) Comments

Review: All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie BerryAll The Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Genres: Gothic, Historical, YA
Pages: 304
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years later, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by her friends and family.

Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to her childhood friend, Lucas. He is the boy who has owned her heart for as long as she can remember - even if he doesn′t know it.

But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose - to continue living in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.

Told in a voice that is achingly raw and intimate, this remarkably original novel will haunt and stay with you. It will fill you with Judith′s passion and longing, and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last one.

I remember, when I was younger, I would imagine what it would be like to be completely mute. The idea didn’t seem awfully outrageous. Back then, I was quiet, shy. Anathematized talking. However now, the thought horrifies me. Not only would not having a tongue would mean no ice-cream, but also because I am a crazy chatter-box. If I was mutilated, the world be a reticent, monotonous place.

All The Truth That’s In Me, to be labelled as different, would be one of the world’s greatest understatements. Which probably also contributes to why I loved it so dearly. The narrative point is from Judith, written to her childhood best friend, Lucas- meaning that it was basically told in 2nd person. I have only read one other book in 2nd person which is The Truth About You and Me which left disastrous effects as it made all the supporting characters without persona and well, character. Even though All The Truth That’s In Me does not capture the full charisma of every single character, it was far better than The Truth About You and Me. With a contrast of sub-genres mixed together as one; mystery, thriller, romance and historical, All The Truth In Me could possibly be categorised as gothic. So ladies and gentlemen, I have accomplished my life goal of reading a gothic novel! Woohoo!

Two friends- girls disappeared that year, only one came back. With half a tongue. Without the ability to talk, Judith comes back. All the people that cared about her don’t seem to anymore. As stakes rise, the need for truth is more urgent, but if only Judith could speak… Judith’s voice has to be one of the strongest I’ve ever come across. It’s rattling and alarming, and so raw. Julie Berry’s writing makes it easy to empathise for Judith and her situation. In some ways, it reminded me of 17 & Gone, as the writing and atmosphere was so tangible and skin-crawling.

The supporting characters ranged quite contrastingly. I found it hard to connect with Lucas, as Judith is referring to him as ‘you’. Nonetheless, his character became more defined as the story developed, and in the end, I can say I adored him. Judith’s mother is one to despise. Her hostility to her own child astounded me and made me furious. But also created an interesting movement which played nicely with the plot and highlighted Judith’s character. Other characters like Judith’s brother and Maria felt extremely authentic- not a single person is wasted here.

Pacing of All The Truth That’s In Me was a minor problem. I found it thoroughly entrapping but I despite the small size, the pace dragged a tad. I suspect some readers may find this a major issue unlike me. Or, it could be the lack of plot- though I highly doubt it, the plot was delightfully intricate and page-turn-worthy.

Creepy, poetic-like and pure genius, All The Truth That’s In Me is something superiorly unique and worth reading. The 2nd person narrative and pace threw me off a bit yet other than that, I loved this. And for some extra entertainment, try tawhking wike you havf no thongue.

~Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy!~

4.5 Stars
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Melanie

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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17 Responses to Review: All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry

  1. Despite the pace, I quite like the sound of this story. I’m not a huge fan of contemporary, but this sounds dark and interesting 🙂 Imagine being in Judith’s place.. Great review Mel 😀
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  2. I just received my copy yesterday in the mail and I am SO excited to read it! Happy to hear that you adored the book as well, I love the concept of reading a book in 2nd person. Your review makes me really excited to read it! Thanks!
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  3. Ahh I’m reading this book soon, maybe next, I think, which makes me so extremely excited and I’m glad you loved this one so much. I can see how the second POV could be a risky choice because you can’t connect to any of the characters too well, but at least Julie did it pretty well, which could morph that aspect into a plus. The premise sounds totally creepy, too.

    Fantastic review, Melanie! <33
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  4. Celine says:

    I’m so excited for this one! (but you already know that)

    It just sounds really awesome and your review has me going ‘I need this NOW
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  5. Nara says:

    Holy crap this book sounds amazing! It’s interesting how it’s written in 2nd person- you really don’t find that many books in 2nd person, possibly because it’s difficult to pull off. I’m definitely putting it on the TBR list 😀
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  6. It’s a shame that the pacing is off in this one, as that’s usually a killjoy for me, for sure. It definitely sounds like a strong story though, and I’m glad that you were able to enjoy it a lot, despite that flaw! Great review, Melanie 🙂

  7. Stephanie B says:

    Okay, this novel sounds really creepy. Great review, Mel!
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  8. Emily Drema says:

    Now this one looks ultra promising! 😉
    Congratulations on accomplishing your goal of reading a Gothic novel!
    Creepy and poetic, well that is definitely one I want to get stuck in, but if the pacing is a bit off… well a good story is a good story!
    Seems like I’ll be wanting to pick this one up soon! 🙂
    Lovely, insightful review Melanie! 😀
    <3
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  9. Wow, sounds like a very emotional novel. Despite the small issues you had, this one sounds like something I’d enjoy. I can’t imagine being unable to speak either. It reminds me of the girl in Titus Andronicus, the Shakespeare play. Her tongue was cut out.
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  10. Okay, not reading this yet because I have to read mine (I’m so behind! *cries*), but wow–4.5 stars? *runs to shelf*
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  11. Annie says:

    I’ve never read a story written in the second person before, I’m guessing this was a challenging one to write! You make it sound like a great read but I don’t have a good track record with ‘gothic’ fiction (I’m not really a ‘horror’ story sort of person)… I shall have to think on this one – does it have a happy ending? 🙂
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  12. Second person is a very weird tense to read…. but I do like unusual, quirky books. I have this so I’m excited to give it a try!
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  13. Megan says:

    Wow, this one sounds really intense, but in a good way. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything written in second person, so it would definitely be interesting for that reason alone.
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  14. Oh my goodness. This sounds so delicious and intense and promising. The way you talked about it made it seem so enthralling! I definitely want to read this now! I honestly don’t know what to think about 2nd person narratives. I haven’t read a book with such yet, so I don’t have any opinion regarding that, but it seems I could try it with this one. Fantastic review, Melanie!
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  15. Filia Oktarina says:

    The cover book was scary. But the storyline look interesting.

  16. After reading your review I’m even more excited to read this. Thank you so much for the giveaway!!
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  17. Sara says:

    Borrowed this from the library today。 Its new too and I’m the first one to borrow it。 I’m
    going to read this after I finish Ender‘s Game。 This or Every Breath. Which one should I read first? I need your opinion?

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