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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 rememb
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published September 26th 2013 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published August 31st 2013)
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Chelsea The time period is left intentionally vague (most of the locations, like Roswell Station are fictional), but is most likely in coastal upper Mid-Atlan…moreThe time period is left intentionally vague (most of the locations, like Roswell Station are fictional), but is most likely in coastal upper Mid-Atlantic Colonial America in the mid-17th century (1650-ish).
Contextual clues for location:
--In the Before section, they are a religious group crossing over the ocean by ship in a long voyage to settle new land => America
--The village neighbors the ocean => coastal
--The homelanders from the north are jealous of the rich farmland, which indicates that the homelanders were from the New England colonies where they had rocky sandy soil, while Mid-Altlantic colonies like NJ, PA, DE and NY were known as the "breadbasket colonies"
--"Winters are cruel and last too long" so we know it's not too far south => most likely upper mid-Atlantic

Contextual clues for time period:
--The main guns were blunderbusses, flintlocks and fowling pieces
--They use pillories for punishment for things like whoredom and treachery
--Religious attendance is basically compulsory & academic schooling for the village youth is just being introduced -- these combined three indicate it's Colonial
--They talk about how the homelanders were killed in '37. Immigration from England started in the 1600s, so we know it's not any earlier.
--Colonel Whiting helped defeat them in the '37 battle and he was married with a toddler when they first came over. They would need a few years from arriving to at least clear land and have enviable farms, so if we say they arrived in from '30 to '34, had a battle 3-7 years later, then give it a decade or so before they come again (Lucas is 22, four years older than Judith at the second attempted invasion), that leaves us with the 1650s or 1750s.
--By the 1700s, the population of the mid-Atlantic region was in the hundreds of thousands. It would be highly unlikely that a coastal location with enviable farmland would still be a small town at this time if it was in the 1700s.
--The term "goodwife" used frequently in the book was used in Colonial America but had become archaic by the mid 1700s. (less)
S.vasundara it basically about a girl who was kidnapped and then one day turned up lying in a stream next to her village (it set in a pretty old time) and its abo…moreit basically about a girl who was kidnapped and then one day turned up lying in a stream next to her village (it set in a pretty old time) and its about the life she leads now, having never recovered from what happened and still suffering its consequences, its a really nice read and yes it sounds very depressing but its actually not that bad.(less)

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Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (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.
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...
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
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
Susan's Reviews
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a heart-pounding, fast paced, incredible read! I want to give this novel a 10+ stars rating! Historical fiction lovers will love this one, but this story about abduction (with an odd twist!), captivity and victim shaming could so easily be transposed to today's time period: not much has really changed.

Judith Finch is a young Puritan girl who has become the town pariah. One night, she vanished from Roswell Station, only to return two years later, missing most of her tongue. She is quest
Jun 05, 2013 rated it liked it
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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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I read this for a group challenge and it’s not what I expected at all 🤔

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 is 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 blame
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Rating, 5 angsty stars


Emotional, passionate, heart-wrenching, lyric , melodious .... it pulled all the right strings.


Judith Finch has been abducted when she was just fourteen, following the disappearance of another village girl.

“I saw life choked out, squeezed out of my young friend. Saw the lights in her eyes extinguished by a pair of hands, hands so filthy they soiled the triangle lace of her dress collar.
Whose hands they were, I couldn’t see.
I watched her lose her breath forever while

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!


All the Truth That’s in Me follows the events of a small pilgrim-like town. Judith is the town paria
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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
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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
Four and a half stars.
Judith disappeared from her home for two years, held captive by a hermit. Then she was allowed to return ... with half her tongue cut out. She is shunned by the townsfolk, and even her mother won't let her speak. She can only think, addressing her thoughts to Lucas, the boy she has loved since she was a baby. But one day the town is attacked. Judith is forced to literally revisit her past, setting off a chain of events which leads to secrets revealed -- and a voice rega
SO overwrought! And of course, (view spoiler). The Raging Quiet is much better. ...more
Diane S ☔
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 g
I’m so shocked. At almost the halfway point I was so sure I was going to DNF it. The writing style was so different and hard to get used to. The timeline was odd. But something happened man. I pushed through and got used to the writing style and started to really love the book. I want to immediately reread it since I’m used to the writing style. The main character was so beautiful and captivating. I just wanted to sit her down with some tea and ask what happened to her. I know it’s strange to gi ...more
Paige  Bookdragon
If you were mine I'd comfort you. If you were mine you'd need no comfort!

Edited review to come.
Mindy (Book Snitch)
Buy the book or borrow it from the library.

Meh... the last 15% of the book is the ONLY good part. I might write more later and I might not.
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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 decis
Sarah Elizabeth
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Judith was abducted 2 years ago, and has now returned home with her tongue cut out.
She lives in a small village community, in a non-modern time, and is made to feel pretty worthless.
She fancies a boy called Lucas, but it seems clear to everyone but her, that he will never marry her.
Why was Judith abducted? Why was she returned? What did she suffer during her 2 years of captivity? And what truths is she unable to tell?

This was a really strange book, and not at
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
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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On two uncertain feet she stood
And feared her long unpracticed throat,
If tested, might, instead of speech,
Keep the mourning lowing she had known.
So hushed, and secretly she part lips,
And trembling,spoke in her lost voice

Lyrical and enchanting.
Two words that come to mind when I think of this novel.
Beautiful and engaging.
There are more but I'll stick with those.

I am blown away by the intricate plot
and intriguing characters.

This took me by surprise.
Original and unpredictable.

So lucky to have f
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Brigid ✩
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
Aug 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid story, likeable characters, and a good theme. It was good. It wasn't, however, outstanding, or particularly original. That's the thing about a 3-star read. For me it means that I did like it, that maybe I didn't even have that many problems with it, but that overall, when everything is taken into account, I don't have much to say.

I actually read the majority of this in one sitting - it's interesting, for sure, but it didn't inspire me to run out ant talk about it. Honestly I'm dragging t
”I don’t believe in miracles, but if the need is great, a girl might make her own miracle.

Even if that means enlisting the devil’s help.”

I hate it when this happens.

I hate it when I don’t like a book that everyone else seems to love. Does anyone else feel that way? It makes me want to personally apologize to it and get into a big spiel about how it’s me and not them. Especially when you scroll through three pages of reviews and come to the slow realization that your rating will probably be t
Liz Janet
Do not be disconcerted over the rating I gave this book, because I do believe everyone should read it, however, sadly, this book was missing some elements that would have made it more worthwhile for myself. Basically this is a book combining a bunch of things that should have never worked but did anyways.

Look at where the title comes from :

“To tell the truth will make me loathsome in your eyes.
Even more than I already am.
I pledge to give you all the truth that’s in me.
And you want me to tell y
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