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The Truth About Alice



by
Jennifer Mathieu

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Roaring Brook
ISBN
9781596439092

Awards and Honors
Amazon.com Top 20 Editors’ picks 2014, Teen & Young Adult
CBC Children’s Choice Book Awards 2015 Winner, Teen Debut Author
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Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Violence: Mild Violence, Social Issue: Abortion
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After rumors fly about Alice Franklin’s supposed promiscuity and her role in the quarterback’s fatal car accident, four classmates each describe what really happened.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Violence: Mild Violence, Social Issue: Abortion

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

208

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Dewey

Fic

AR

5.6: points 8

Lexile

900L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

13

JLG Release

Sep 2014

Book Genres


Topics

Rumor. Truth. Bullying. Dating and sex. Adolescence.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

Junior Library Guild

  • A unique and especially involving depiction of high-school bullying, shaming, and kindness.
  • The story is told from four, well-differentiated perspectives: Elaine, the popular girl at whose party Alice supposedly had sex with two young men; Kelsie, who was Alice’s best friend but begins to distance herself; Josh, the best friend of the star quarterback who died in a car crash, supposedly while texting with Alice; and Kurt, a shy boy who befriends Alice after the rumors start.
  • Each teen’s voice comes across as authentic and surprisingly relatable, given the sometimes pernicious roles that Elaine, Kelsie, and Josh play. Jennifer Mathieu takes care to humanize those who hurt, or fail to help, Alice, and show that their motivations aren’t often mean-spirited but simply, disastrously unkind. As Kelsie says about siding with the popular crowd over Alice: “It sounds terrible and shallow . . . but I’ve spent too many years sitting alone in the cafeteria, and I just can’t handle doing it again.”
  • After Elaine, Kelsie, and Josh tell their sides of the story, Kurt is introduced. His late entrance is actually a well-timed note of compassion, as well as in keeping with his introversion. Kurt approaches Alice and befriends her when no one else will, and their budding friendship—and Kurt’s one-sided crush on her—are convincing and endearing.
  • Throughout the novel, Mathieu deftly avoids the melodrama that sometimes accompanies tales of bullying. And in an empowering and uplifting twist, the author introduces Alice’s voice at the end, giving her the final word.

Praise & Reviews

Junior Library Guild

  • A unique and especially involving depiction of high-school bullying, shaming, and kindness.
  • The story is told from four, well-differentiated perspectives: Elaine, the popular girl at whose party Alice supposedly had sex with two young men; Kelsie, who was Alice’s best friend but begins to distance herself; Josh, the best friend of the star quarterback who died in a car crash, supposedly while texting with Alice; and Kurt, a shy boy who befriends Alice after the rumors start.
  • Each teen’s voice comes across as authentic and surprisingly relatable, given the sometimes pernicious roles that Elaine, Kelsie, and Josh play. Jennifer Mathieu takes care to humanize those who hurt, or fail to help, Alice, and show that their motivations aren’t often mean-spirited but simply, disastrously unkind. As Kelsie says about siding with the popular crowd over Alice: “It sounds terrible and shallow . . . but I’ve spent too many years sitting alone in the cafeteria, and I just can’t handle doing it again.”
  • After Elaine, Kelsie, and Josh tell their sides of the story, Kurt is introduced. His late entrance is actually a well-timed note of compassion, as well as in keeping with his introversion. Kurt approaches Alice and befriends her when no one else will, and their budding friendship—and Kurt’s one-sided crush on her—are convincing and endearing.
  • Throughout the novel, Mathieu deftly avoids the melodrama that sometimes accompanies tales of bullying. And in an empowering and uplifting twist, the author introduces Alice’s voice at the end, giving her the final word.

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