Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu - Ashley's Pre-Reading

*I received this book as an eARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group/Roaring Brook Press on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: The Truth About Alice
Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Publication Date: June 3, 2014

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.

Why?: This is not normally a book I would pick up, but I've heard really excellent things about it so I couldn't pass on it. I think it will be interesting to see one girl's story from the perspective of four different people, and to learn the truth about Alice and find out the secrets surrounding her. 

Expectations: I'm expecting a really powerful book. I think it will deal heavily with rumors and their effect on people, as well as how teenagers in different cliques view those in other cliques. I'm also kind of expecting a pretty dark book, since there are secrets and death and pretty bad rumors being spread.

Judging a book by its cover: I actually really like this cover. I like that the girl is just a silhouette and that we don't really know anything about her. I like the graffiti in the background that looks like a bathroom stall. The colors all work really well, and I love how the title is written on the girl. I would likely pick this book up based solely on the cover if I saw it in a bookstore or a library.


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