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Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remem...more
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published September 26th 2013 by Viking Juvenile
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Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Mafia Princess*
Darrel once read to Mother the tale of a girl in France who heard angel voices telling her to save her people from the English. She dressed as a man and spoke with fire and eloquence. She raised an army and defeated the invaders, all for the love of her motherland. For her courage and her passion, she later burned to death, called a witch and heretic. Do I love you less than she loved soil?
I have no words to save you.





I'll be honest, when I read the blurb for this book, I did not imagine it as I...more
Wendy Darling
4.5 stars There are about 100 reasons why this book wouldn't normally work for me. The story is related in fragments, often consisting of no more than half a page. The timeline is fluid, shifting between past and present. It's told in flipping SECOND PERSON NARRATIVE. But it works, it works beautifully.

Full review is on the blog: http://www.themidnightgarden.net/2013...
Giselle
A strange, yet somehow compelling book, All The Truth That's in Me gives a reading experience like no other. I can't say I've read anything quite like this before. The best way to describe it is different!

The way this book is written is as if, especially during the first part, we're seeing a story unfold through bursts of randomized life flashes. There's an editor's note at the beginning of my copy that describes it as "a pinhole narrative - you start out looking through a tiny hole that allows...more
Julie
Aug 10, 2013 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
As always, tacky though it may seem to rate and review my own book, how can I not? I love this book with, well, all the love that's in me. ;) I hope you enjoy it too. I love reading your thoughts on Goodreads.
♥Rachel♥
4.5 Stars

All the Truth That’s In Me was a stunning, sharply focused story that ticked all the boxes for me! It was filled with feelings of longing, pain, sadness, anger, hope and joy! At the heart of it are an achy romance, and a clever mystery that surprised me when all was revealed!

Judith is one of two girls who went missing two years ago. She came back but the other girl did not. When she walks back to her home there is no warm welcome. Her father died during her absence, and her mother blam...more
Belle
10 reasons you should read this book.

1. The plot is unlike any other YA novel I've ever read. Set in what appears to be colonial America (it's never explicitly stated), it follows the story of Judith, who went missing from her small town, along with her best friend, for two years. Only Judith returned, mutilated and now an outcast in her Puritan society. As the story unfolds, you slowly learn what happened to Judith and why she is the key to saving the very people that deride and ignore her.

2. T...more
Keertana
In life, there are always those books you just know you're going to read, no matter what; maybe it's written by your favorite author or it came highly recommended by a trusted reviewer or maybe the cover is just too pretty to resist. And then there are the books you read because you're curious; because a certain review sparked your interest or the author said something remarkable in an interview or the cover flashed by your vision and you couldn't stop thinking about it. For me,All the Truth Th...more
Melanie
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4.5 stars

Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.


I run away, fleeing down the street, so my tears can fall in privacy.

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 me...more
Jessica
Okay, wow.

I mean . . . wow.

Just . . . just read it, okay? I'm not going to tell you anything. I don't want to ruin anything. I just want you to read this book. Do you like historical fiction? Read this book. Do you like mysteries? Read this book. Do you like romance? Read this book. Do you like The Witch of Blackbird Pond? Read this book. Do you like reading books that are really, really, really good and will keep you up all night reading because you have to know how it ends because you care abo...more
Kat Kennedy
I did not request this book, I didn’t even know it existed until a publicist in Australia sent it to me. “Read this or I will punch your ovaries in their still-beating hearts until they cry and explode.” Okay, maybe she didn’t use those exact words, but I like to imagine she was secretly thinking it.

I’m kind of glad she did mind-threaten me though because this book was fabulous with a capitol FAB!

party!

All the Truth That’s in Me follows the events of a small pilgrim-like town. Judith is the town paria...more
Nomes
I didn't really know what to expect from Julie Berry's debut. the blurb is a little bit elusive (in fact, I got the impression 'aliens?' -- close encounters, etc, haha). I may not even have picked this one up if the lovely publicist hadn't sent me a copy. Which would have been nearly criminal as this book soared to the top of my favourite reads this year.

It's written in 2nd person POV -- which has a mildly intoxicating, lilting vibe to it. The prose is gorgeous. At first, everything felt a litt...more
Kelly
If you don't have a voice, can anyone hear you? Or do you not have a voice because no one WANTS to hear you?

That's the question at the heart of Berry's swift-paced mystery novel, set in a somewhat Puritanical/cult-like society that's recognizable as historical but never spelled out as to where or when. When Judith returns to her home after two years of being missing, she comes back without a tongue. It's a literal tongue removal, as well as a metaphorical one. She can't speak, and no one wants...more
Gisbelle
I don't normally read historical fiction, but if there are more books as good as this one, I'm sure going to read more of this genre.

This book is hauntingly beautiful, and I love everything about it, even the parts that wrecked my heart.

The story was so captivating that I couldn't think of anything else, but this book - how Judith's life was going be, who had done that to her and why. Just several pages in, I wept like a baby. My heart ached for her and what she had to go through. Being shunned...more
Diane S.
Strange, original, compelling and intense, I found this book, said to YA, very addicting. Second person narrative, shortish comments and thoughts and yet wonderful. The book does actually name a time period, but it has the tone of The Scarlet Letter, also women called Goody and the stocks for punishment, so this novel is set in the very judgmental Puritan times.

Judith is a wonderful character, a strong young woman with an unquenchable spirit. While reading this I often thought I knew what was go...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Okay first off I am going to say that this book was a weird read for me and for this I gave it a five.I mean the world was set up where it was kinda strict and the people who lived in this town were prudes and they had set ways of doing things and for that I am not going to lie I was like WTF am I reading????????? But then I continued on and the book really started to pick up and held me captive until the very last page where it left me with more questions than answers. So I know I will be readi...more
Christine
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No one knows what happened to Judith and Lottie when they disappeared 4 years ago. Two years afterwards, Judith comes back mutilated and lacking the ability to speak. The people she once knew shun her. Even her own mother won't call her by her real name. She finds herself longing after Lucas, her childhood friend, who have always been the one to understand her. When Roswell Station is attacked, things take a turn, and the truth begins to unravel. Judith struggles with the decision...more
İlkim
Orijinali Kitap Esintisi adresinde.

Bir Sır Saklı İçimde görünüşü itibariyle ince bir kitap ama dolu dolu kurgusu var. Judith yıllarca Lucas'a gönlünü vermiş ama sonra başına gelen trajediyle hayatı alt üst olmuş. En yakın arkadaşından sonra o da kaybolmuş ve iki yıl sonra dilsiz bir şekilde geri dönmüş. Aslında öyle bir sırrı var ki...

Zaman içinde konuşamadığı için aptal konumuna düşürülmüş, dışlanmış, kendi öz annesi bile ondan rahatsız. Lucas ise başka biriyle evlenmek üzere, kısacası Judith h...more
Elena
4.5 stars.

This book wasn't what I expected, I think because the cover screams contemporary at me (SO MUCH EYELINER). This isn't contemporary. It's a lovely and dark and heartbreaking and triumphant historical novel about a girl named Judith who is back in her suspicious small town after a prolonged absence during which time who-knows-what happened to her--Judith can't say, since she no longer has a tongue. Judith's mother and brother don't treat her terribly well, and she continues to carry a to...more
Zaira
Oh. My. Word. I can't stop thinking about this book. That wonderful tingling after reading something AMAZING is there. I don't want it to ever stop.

Julie Berry is truly a genius. I've read her two others for youth, The Amaranth Enchantment and The Secondhand Charm. I loved them both, but not like this. This is my favorite. There was so much energy and feeling and mystery inside of it that I'm left feeling raw. I started crying after I finished this book. That has never happened before. But this...more
Tatiana
SO overwrought! And of course, (view spoiler). The Raging Quiet is much better.
Wendy Hines
Set in Puritan times in historical New England, Roswell Station is a small town where everyone knows your name and missing church could get you time in the stocks. Judith and another young girl, Lottie, went missing four years ago. Two years ago, Judith came back, mute. Her tongue had been cut out to protect her, but against what, she doesn't know. The town believes her cursed, so Judith spends her time alone, watching and listening to all of those around her.

She's also been in love with Lucas s...more
Kat Heckenbach
I'm so happy to be able to write a review like this again. It seems like I've been doling out some not-so-positive ones lately. And this book stands out in ways that I never expected.

The voice. Oh, the irony that the strongest point of a book about a girl that can't speak is its voice! But yes. Unique, strong, intelligent, gripping. I was pulled into Judith's head from the first moment, got to know her so quickly. Some readers may have issue with the use of second person--the main character tell...more
Pavlina loves Dex ❤❤




EXCERPT




You didn’t come.


I waited all evening in the willow tree, with gnats buzzing in my face and sap sticking in my hair, watching for you to return from town.


I know you went to town tonight. I heard you ask Mr. Johnson after church if you could pay a call on him this evening. You must want to borrow his ox team.


But you were gone so long. You never came. Maybe they asked you to supper. Or maybe you went home another way.


Mother chided me ragged for missing chores and supper,
...more
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
This review has been cross-posted on my blog, Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!

Actual Rating: 3.5

All The Truth That's In Me is a hauntingly beautiful tale about Judith, a girl who went missing with her best friend and returned 2 years later with half her tongue cut out and mute. The tale is a tragic, chilling, and touching as Judith learns to deal with the past and rebuild herself as a respected person.

Everyone treats Judith as if she's a ghost, as the townspeople assume that she'...more
Louisa
I don't believe in miracles, but if the need is great, a girl might make her own miracle.


I had no idea what to rate this for a good portion of the beginning. Dear god, but the tables got turned on me. Second person narrative and a story told in sometimes page-long fragments should be confusing and not work, and I'm not contesting that it initially did, but it just gets so much better. I'm very pleasantly surprised.

Judith has returned to her small town/village of Roswell Station after disappeari...more
Jessica
What an amazing story! All the Truth That's in Me may be the best book I have read in 2013 so far.

Although it never explicitly says it, All the Truth That's in Me is set in Puritan New England, which provides the perfect judgmental and superstitious atmosphere for everyone, including Judith's family, to treat her like absolute crap. As the plot summary explains, Judith leaves for two years and when she returns, she is mutilated--her tongue is cut out. Since she cannot tell anyone where she has b...more
Shoshana
Maybe even 4.5.

Penguin blue ribbon scores again. I don't know why I ever doubt them.

"All the Truth That's in Me" is riveting. It's got a little bit of a slow start, augmented by the fact that you have to get used to the format (mini "chapters" marked by Roman numerals - I was never sure was the point of that was - Biblical reference?) and the voice, which is a weird mix of first and second person. (In truth, first person directly addressing an audience, "you," who is another character in the b...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
3.5 Stars

Hmm, this was an interesting one. It really wasn't what I was expecting, so that was cool. The style of it was unique and engaging––although the super-short chapters and use of second person were sometimes a bit irritating, I thought they still worked most of the time. I found the characters a little lacking and the end felt rushed to me (and maybe not very realistic, either). But over all I thought it was a memorable and intriguing book, and different from anything I've read in a while...more
Karlan
Mar 20, 2013 Karlan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Judith does not speak and only gradually does the reader learn why in this romantic, tension filled novel. The setting is vaguely 18th c New England where life is hard for the villagers. As the plot unfolds, a mystery and life and death story emerges in an exciting manner.
Emmy
It's interesting to read through some of the reviews for this book. Everyone seems to like a different aspect. One person likes the voice of the narration and POV, another the romance, another the mystery, and another the characterizations and emotional depth, etc. etc. It's as if there is something for everyone. And considering all this book has going on/for it, that's not surprising. Because it is part romance, part history, part mystery, part poetry, part self-discovery, [fill in the blank].....more
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