Book Review: The Truth about Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

Title: The Truth about Alice

The Truth about AliceAuthor: Jennifer Mathieu

Genre: YA

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Publication Date: June 3, 2014

Hardback: 199 pages

Stand alone or series: Stand alone

How did I get this book: Bought

Check out the summary on Goodreads

What I thought:

I didn’t like this book as much as I’d hoped to, which isn’t to say that I didn’t like it.

The Truth about Alice is set from four different POVs (well, five, but Alice only gets one chapter at the end). I liked how we read about the rumors surrounding Alice from these other people’s POVs first. This was really different from anything I’d ever read. I think some of the POVs were really distinctive, like Kurt’s (the boy-genius who’s had a crush on Alice for a long time), but others were sometimes a little hard to distinguish (Elaine and Kelsie). I could tell who was who by what they were talking about, obviously, but sometimes they both sounded like the popular girly-girl (“like, totally”). POSSIBLE SPOILER: I wish Alice’s had been written with a little more of a reaction to the rumors. I could barely empathize because she didn’t really feel affected or delve into her feelings about the rumors.

The characters were pretty well-developed though. Even if it was sometimes hard to distinguish between a couple of them, we do get to know them really well. We got to understand each one of them and begin to see the motives behind their actions towards Alice. The book was also rather well-written, especially for a debut novel. I thought the idea behind the novel was really interesting, as was the execution (differing POVs, all of which weren’t the actual person they were talking about).

On the other hand, I wish there had been something MORE. It just wasn’t enough for me. There didn’t seem to be any resolution. I felt somewhat distanced from what was going on. I mean, I’m definitely not unfamiliar with bullying (*cough*I have no hair*cough*) but I couldn’t connect with what happened. The book kind of just went in a straight line, if that makes sense. I felt the same way throughout the whole book; there wasn’t a point where I was more excited or animated. I also thought the end kind of fell flat.

The bottom line: Good book, well-developed characters, but not enough story for me. I can definitely see why some readers would absolutely love it. I liked it, but I just didn’t connect enough. I needed more. I will say that I do want to see more from this author.

Rating: 6 – good, but not great

Reading next: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout

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