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The Truth About Alice

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  3,626 ratings  ·  796 reviews
Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.

But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?

It's true. Ask ANYBODY.

Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of contro...more
Hardcover, 199 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Roaring Brook Press (first published June 1st 2014)
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Emily May
"Alice Franklin is a slut."

And Elaine is the evil popular girl. And Josh is your average popular jock. And Kurt is the school nerd and social outcast. And Kelsey is Alice Franklin's former best friend...

This is a book about stereotypes. And it's fantastic. The author went above and beyond what I could have expected from this book. She not only challenges the idea of the "school slut" that is all too popular in real life and in YA, but she also paints detailed and three-dimensional portraits of...more
Kat Stark

This book was filled with cliches and predictable to the core. I still fucking loved it.

If you've kept up with my reviews this year, you'd know that I rarely give 5-stars to a book. They are reserved for books that I love so much that I would reread them over and over and never tire of them. I've given 3 out of the 40 I've read this year, 5-stars (do not include graphic novels or manga as I generally rate them higher).

I still can't believe this is Mathieu's first novel and I know it won't be her...more
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
This short little book blew me away. Told from four different perspectives and very well written. This author knows her stuff.
Alice is labeled a slut. You heard the rumors-she slept with 2 boys at a party. She is easy. Then come to find out one of the boys she slept with died..and guess what? Well he may have been drinking but it was Alice's texts that distracted him from driving.

You have his best friend speaking. The easy going second in command from the football team.
The popular pretty girl,...more
A very important story told through several outer point of view that is ultimately about not believing everything you hear. The Truth About Alice takes on stereotypes and rumours and high school life in general, and unravels its layers to show the truth underneath. To show that not everything - or everyone - is as it seems. It's pretty brilliant in that way: in its raw honesty, in its bluntness in showing us us how quickly and easily truths get distorted. And most importantly, how bullying is ve...more
Ash Wednesday
Jun 01, 2014 Ash Wednesday rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who liked Speechless, Some Girls Are and fans of Friday Night Lights
…there is one thing I’ve learned about people: they don’t get that mean and nasty overnight. It’s not human nature.
If you give people enough time, eventually they’ll do the most heartbreaking stuff in the world.

The things is, I’ve read this storyline a couple of times elsewhere. I’ve watched the teen flick and CW series portraying this issue with every possible embellishment and spin to repurpose the shock value of the underlying tyrannical machinery of high school politics and bullyi...more
I am in awe of this book. I want to put it up on a pedestal and stare at it for hours. I want to buy a copy for everyone that I know, so that they can read it and love it as much as I do. I want to plaster this review and project it toward the heavens, so that every single bastard I don’t know can buy a copy for himself, his 2.5 kids, his two car garage, and maybe even his dog or cat. This book is that fucking good. It’s the best book I’ve read this year. No question. But will all of those peopl...more
Erica Ravenclaw
☆ ☆

No spoilers and colorful language abound! I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Meh. This entire story was fucking stupid. The only two aspects of this book that spoke me, even a little was Kurt and the ugliness of the characters. Everyone and everything else can suck it, especially Alice. So here is the deal, this hot mess is is told from five different perspectives in first person narrative, we've got Elaine, Kelsie, Josh, Kurt and finally Alice.

I kind...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I had mixed feelings about this book, although I did like it over all. It uses multiple points of view to tell a story about a girl named Alice, who everyone blames for the death of a popular boy at school (because she was supposedly texting him when he crashed his car and died). We get the perspectives of various other kids from Alice's school and their reactions to her and the whole situation.

I thought the use of point of view changes was interesting. It almost had a "documentary" sort of fee...more
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3.5 stars

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. Soo...more
Initial Thoughts: This is a must read for all kids in high school. Told from clearly labelled multiple viewpoints, this story shows how gossip and lies can grow and take a life of their own and how one girl lived with the incessant slut shaming and ridicule for a year. Real powerful stuff. Read it.

The Review:
The Truth About Alice by debut author Jennifer Mathieu is a must-read for every teen and everyone who works with teens or lives with them. It's a powerful book about bullying, slut-shaming,...more
4.5 stars


I want to photocopy every page of this book and run through my high school hallways to fling it in the air like a madman. I actually read this book in two hours.

The best part? Alice is not a Mary Sue.

How can I describe this novel? It’s so powerfully, heart-wrenchingly, bitterly, hair-raisingly relatable – and it better garner some attention from young adult readers, otherwise I’m going to smack them over the head with it. For reference, this book is like...more
Summer {is puntastic}
Very, very powerful book. While it was too short for my liking and may have needed a bit more plot development, I still appreciate its depth and emotional punch. I'm eager for Mathieu's upcoming novels, as she really has a talent in creating unique characters with distinct voices. An amazing novel that does not shy away from modern-day issues, and will definitely teach teens to broaden their perspectives.
Carole's Random Life
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I received an advance reader edition of this book from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

4.5 Stars!

I ended up reading this entire book in the course of one day. It is a short book but it really tells a powerful story. I found myself really feeling for Alice and wanted everyone to know the real truth about Alice. Even though I am much older than the probably targ...more
Huge thank you to the publisher for letting me read an advanced copy of this. I'm writing an honest review to say thank you

4.5 Stars

I FLEW through this. Read it in less than 24 hours. I mainly picked it as my end-of-month read because it's short (and because I was free from my January ARCs to read whatever I wanted) and wow.

This book is told from four different perspectives. If you know me, you know that I do NOT like multiple-first person-POV novels. But this worked really well. The voices wer...more
Y'know that My Chemical Romance song? The one that goes "They said all teenagers scare the living shit out of me/They could care less as long as someone'll bleed"? That is it, right here. Because Alice Franklin is a slut and everyone at Healy High couldn't care less about creating a "Slut Wall" for her as long as she bleeds.

You feel the punch in just under 200 pages. Really powerful, doesn't shy away from difficult issues, doesn't stoop to passing off shitty behaviour like slut-shaming as nothin...more
Jenn (One of Many, We are Legion)
This is some serious next level mean girl shit.

Like many girls, I was subject to rumors in high school. I remember being a sophomore, walking home from the bus stop one day when a car full of girls drove past. To this day, I have no idea who they were, but I know they went to my school. As they drove by, they yelled "SLUT" out the window and threatened to kick my ass. Why? Who the hell knows. I was a virgin, for crying out loud, how on earth could I be a slut? And why would that be cause for an...more
Deyse (Deyse Says)
The Truth About Alice tells us a very common history in a very different way. Alice Franklin has always been popular and always dated a lot of guys, but one night when she (supposedly) slept with two guys and latter when one of this guys died, the football quarterback, Brandon - and it was her fault (supposedly)- nobody cared anymore what was truth or not, it was more easy to just believe in the gossip that spread like fire in the little town and ruined Alice's reputation.
I told you, the story...more
From The Page Walker

Words Can Hurt

This novel did not beat around the bush, it went straight with the dilemma of the story. It depicted how gossip can move around and destroy people. Armed with the so called “idea of a person”, people tend to tinder gossip, architect a certain belief, and then ostracize the person. The thing about rumour-mongers is that they assume the role of the offended party, in spite of the fact that they spread gossips out of malice, hate, and self-gain. All this simply b...more
I dunno, this whole book feels pointless, with a cast full of boring one-dimensional characters.

Elaine’s whole POV seems like it could lift right out. She doesn’t add anything. And she’s horrible.
Josh’s POV is only good for one reveal. Otherwise, he’s nothing but a high school jock. And a horrible person.
Kelsie in theory could be interesting because of her secret, but honestly, her secret seems less dramatic than she builds it up as. Also, she’s horrible.
Kurt’s okay. But he’s just a Nice Nerd w...more
Ruth Turner

There’s a lot not to like in this book.

Teens who seem to think of nothing else but sex and beer. Insipid parents who don’t have much reason to exist in this story. Teachers who seem to ignore what happens in their school. Inept police who don’t bother to investigate the supposed reason behind a car accident. In fact the whole story is pretty unrealistic.

So why the four stars? Simply because once I started reading I couldn't put it down.

Except for the ending, I loved it.
Sandee (The Whimsical Reader)
“There is one thing I've learned about people: they don't get that mean and nasty overnight. It's not human nature. But if you give people enough time, eventually they'll do the most heartbreaking stuff in the world.”

I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't exaggerate it enough I think. There are just too much feels for me towards this book. I just couldn't put this one down. I just couldn't, I was hooked. It kept me interested.


Alice's life was pretty normal, up until the incident t
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Told from several points of view, from genius Kurt, popular girl Elaine, former best friend Kelsie and Brandon's best friend Josh, The Truth About Alice is heartbreaking. Each tell their own story about Alice, from the rumours they've heard or each started. How Alice slept with two guys at the one party, that she played a hand in Brandon's death, all except Kurt. Kurt had always watched Alice from afar, but is the only one who comes to her rescue and becomes her only friend. The rumours have des...more
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – The Truth About Alice
Author – Jennifer Mathieu
Publication Date – June 3, 2014
Type – Stand Alone
Genre – Young Adult
Rating – 4 ½ out of 5 Stars

Complimentary Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Epic…describes this book in one word. Even though I had the story pegged from the beginning and nothing about really surprised me at all….I still loved this book!

I think a lot of that had to do with how the author had each character give their rendition of events unfoldin...more
Wow--here's a book that I predict people are going to be talking about excitedly in 2014. I was lucky enough to read the arc, and I'm excited about it right now! I'm in awe of how perfectly-crafted this story is, how distinct and authentic the four different narrators' voices feel, the timeliness of the topic, the specificity of the setting...and, well, Kurt may be my favorite boy in all of YA literature. :) I can't wait until this book is out in the world, and until Mathieu's next book is publi...more
Wendy Darling
Maybe closer to a 3.5, but I'm bumping it up for doing what it set out to do very well.

Review to come.
3.5 stars

Here's the thing with The Truth About Alice: this is not a particularly well-written book and the characters are not exactly fleshed out, but this is a very important and special book, especially in the YA genre.

I love YA with all my heart, but I have to admit that there is something I hate about it. Far beyond the insta-loves and the love triangles and the cliches, the worst, most hateful thing in this genre is the girl on girl hate that so many authors perpetuate in the genre, mostly...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
**I received this book for free from NetGalley/Roaring Brook Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Contemporary Young Adult
*Rating* 4.0

The Truth About Alice is inspirational, heart breaking, emotional, compelling, and a story that ALL TEENS should be required to read before they enter High School and lose their damn minds over their social status or losing friends that they've had their entire lives. It is a hard...more
The idea was there but I thought the execution was a little superficial for the topic matter in the book. The four point of views we get fit too perfectly into the high school stereotypes when I think the point was for them to break the mold of said stereotypes. I wasn't surprised at how horrible teenagers can be to one another. It really only made me angrier that these idiots felt justified in their actions. And I was having flashbacks to my own adolescent experience with how mean girls can be....more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
If you’re looking for a nice, fluffy beach read, look no further than The Truth About Alice. Just kidding. I wanted to make sure you guys were paying attention. The Truth About Alice is decidedly non-fluffy, considering that in centers on the topics of slut-shaming, abortion and bullying. I’ve been seeing the good reviews roll in for Mathieu’s debut, and I’m very glad that I feel the same way my friends have before me. While this one didn’t rip me apart emotionally like I anticipated, The Truth...more
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I'm an English teacher, writer, wife, and mom who writes books for and about young adults. My debut novel, THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE, will be out in the spring of 2014.

My favorite things include chocolate, pepperoni pizza, and this super hilarious 1980s sitcom about four retired women called The Golden Girls. I can basically quote every episode.

I live with my husband, son, one rescue dog, one fat cat...more
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“How much did it hurt? It was like a million paper cuts on my heart.” 17 likes
“There is one thing I've learned about people: they don't get that mean and nasty overnight. It's not human nature. But if you give people enough time, eventually they'll do the most heartbreaking stuff in the world.” 16 likes
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