Thank you to Netgalley, Jennifer Mathieu and Hatchette Childrens books for my copy of The Truth About Alice.
Title: The Truth About Alice
Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Publication Date: 8th March 2018 (this edition)
Page Count: 336 Pages
Everyone at Healy High knows that Alice Franklin is a slut. She’s always doing ‘it’ with everyone and now she’s taken it a step two far, Sleeping with not one, but two boys at Elaine O’Dea’s party and now everyone knows that she caused Brandon Fitzsimmon’s death as well. She’s a social outcast.
The reader hears from everyone, Elaine, the party girl, Kelsie, Alice’s ex-best friend, Josh, best friend of Brandon, and Kurt, the boy next door. But who is telling the truth or just their version of it? The mystery unravels as each person makes their own confessions.
If you loved 13 Reasons Why, I found The Truth About Alice to be a far superior novel. I want to pass it on to my sisters to read, one is at university and one at high school, I want them to see how these things start. I want to show it to all the people who believed the same things about me in high school that the people in Healy believe about Alice.
The thing is, this novel really resonated with me. I was never as popular as Alice but some nasty little girl in high school did start a rumour about me, a rumour that caused me to be mentally and physically abused for the rest of my high school career, so I know how this feels. I know how much this novel is based on what happens in real life. Because kids are cruel, I wish I’d had a Kurt to get me through it and not 15 years of counselling and medication.
What I’m getting at, is the importance of the message which The Truth About Alice is getting across. The way that one simple lie, one simple exaggeration can cause misery for a person who is perhaps already a little miserable. The themes of this novel are so important, I can’t stress that enough. This should be compulsory reading for every teenager in high school. It really should.