I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
Genres: Teen Nonfiction, Young Adult
A simple text with the words “Alice did Tommy Cray and Brandon F at Elaine’s Party. OMG!” changed Alice Franklin’s world forever. It didn’t matter if it was true. As rumors fly, things go from bad to worse. Brandon was killed in a car accident and that too is Alice’s fault. The story is told through a series of recollections and thoughts of four classmates. Each person has a unique perspective on the truth and their own spin on the truth.
Peer pressure and wanting to fit in are both themes in this book. Each of the voices knows the truth but have their own selfish reasons for remaining silent or going with the flow. Sometimes this book is hard to read because of the torment and shaming that Alice endures. From the slut wall in the bathroom, started by her former best friend to the notes in Alice’s locker, we see the worst of high school. By the time the book ends, we finally hear from Alice herself, we know the truth, and it’s ugly!