The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: June 3, 2014
Source: Netgalley review copy
Everyone has a lot to
say about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether it’s true.
The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two
guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about
Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car
wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault. Now the only friend she has
is a boy who may be the only other person who knows the truth, but is
too afraid to admit it. Told from the perspectives of popular girl
Elaine, football star Josh, former outcast Kelsie, and shy genius Kurt,
we see how everyone has a motive to bring – and keep – Alice down.
This was a short, quick read told from multiple points of view. It can be a little painful to read at times. The bullying of Alice is a bit extreme. But it felt true to life, and even though most of the characters will stereotypical, it didn't feel forced or anything.
Most of the characters were not likable at all, but there were a couple that you were able to root for at least. I liked that the plot was told from the POV of a few different characters because it kept things fresh and kept the story moving. I think this would be a good read for teens.