Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Australia
Release Date: June 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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There are a lot of rumours about Alice Franklin, and it's stopped mattering whether any of them are true.
It all started at a party, when Alice was supposedly with two guys in one night.
Soon everyone at Healy High has picked a side in this game of he said/she said. Do they believe Brandon Fitzsimmons, the most popular guy at school and the football hero of Healy? Or do they believe Alice, the girl who wears too-tight T-shirts and was caught kissing Brandon in a closet a couple years before?
When Brandon dies in a car crash, there are serious allegations that his death was Alice's fault. As the rumour mill spins into overdrive, Alice's small town becomes suffocating. And when the truth becomes a matter of opinion, something's got to give.
The Truth About Alice is smartly-crafted tale that I have definitely come to appreciate as the story progressed. While I didn’t find myself loving it as I had hoped, it’s definitely worth reading as it addresses some serious topics that need closer attention in the real world.
What caught my eye on this book was certainly the synopsis. Alice Franklin, one of the popular girls at school, was said to have slept with two guys in one night at a party. Soon the rumour mill starts churning and everyone is calling her a slut. But just when all the gossip was coming to a slowing stop, Brandon–one of the guys Alice slept with–dies. Now they all blame Alice, after all, who else could have been distracting him while driving his car?
Unlike what you’d expect, The Truth About Alice is not written in Alice’s POV. It’s written by the jock, the ex-best friend, the queen bee and the nerd. Typical much? However, I found Jennifer Mathieu’s idea of unraveling Alice’s story through the voices of bystanders to come stronger and give us the whole spectrum of the situation. So we have the jock–Josh. He was Brandon’s best mate and together, they were Healy High’s best football players. Girls would stalk after them and they were at the top of the social ladder. But when Brandon dies in a car crash, allegedly believed to be Alice Franklin’s fault, Josh feels lost and confused. We also have Kelsie who was Alice’s best friend until That Night At The Party. I was astonished to see how she ditched Alice so quickly just because she didn’t want to fall down the social ladder by association with “the slut”. Nonetheless, her intentions and reasons did become more reasonable after reading more about her back-story Elaine is the Queen Bee. She’s a Mary Sue and a bitch, to put it straight-forwardly. And lastly, there is Kurt–who is Healy’s greatest genius. I definitely enjoyed his perspective the most, he was so sweet!
The reason why I didn’t love this novel was due to the characters. Like I said, the stereotyping wasn’t annoying, however I found myself really lacking an attachment towards them. At times, the characters’ voices came out contrived which really put me off. I think Elaine’s perspective was most awkward and unrealistic. Perhaps it’s because she was a Mary Sue but gosh was she up herself and irksome!
The Truth About Alice possesses a subtle amount of romance. Kurt’s the school nerd but I love how he doesn’t give a crap about being a social pariah and how he wasn’t stereotyped into being a guy without hormones and only thinks about maths equations in his spare time. I found it very cute how he’s always had a crush on Alice and didn’t judge her because of the rumours that lurk in every corner of the school. The fact that they bonded over him tutoring maths to Alice just made it even more adorable. It doesn’t really overpower the main focus point of the story line, and their relationship is written authentically, despite the book being so short.
A realistically portrayed novel about bullying, acceptance and trust; this is a novel that I highly recommend if you love high school dramas. I found it to be a very well planned story that shows us how out of control one rumour can get.
~Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for sending me this copy!~
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