All the Truth That's in Me
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 -- the combined above 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 3-10 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)
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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
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
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 ...more
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
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 I sa
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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
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 ...more
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
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
Edited review to come.
Judith is a wonderful character, a strong young woman with an unquenchable spirit. While reading this I often thought I knew what was g ...more
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 decisio ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
I was very curious about this book, as Julie Berry's previous two books were more middle-grade-level high fantasies. This is a huge departure from those, from what I can tell -- much more mature and much darker.
This story carries huge echoes of the Elizabeth Smart abduction in 2002-2003, and I doubt it's coincidence that Julie Berry is also a Mormon. However, the story has been transported from the modern world to Puritan times, with their rigid focus on propriety and fem ...more
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
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 ...more
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 th ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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I will triumph over you.”