The Truth about Alice

The Truth about Alice

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Winner of the Children's Choice Book Awards' Teen Choice Debut Author Award

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party. When Healy High star quarterback, Brandon Fitzsimmons, dies in a car crash, it was because he was sexting with Alice. Ask anybody.

Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the "slut stall" in the girls' bathroom: "Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers" and "Alice got an abortion last semester." After Brandon dies, the rumors start to spiral out of control. In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they "know" about Alice--and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life. But in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.

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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 199 pages
  • 147 x 221 x 21mm | 304g
  • New York
  • English
  • 1596439092
  • 9781596439092
  • 332,813

Review quote

"*Fans of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and Speechless by Hannah Harrington will welcome first time author Mathieu, who has crafted a realistic and hard-hitting debut." --VOYA, STARRED REVIEW

"A tough, unapologetic look at slut-shaming from a promising new voice." --Booklist

"Swift pace and compact size may entice reluctant readers as well as those interested in a juicy yet thoughtful take on human dynamics." --BCCB

"Debut author Mathieu brings new life to a common girls' narrative through her multiple first-person narrators." --Kirkus Reviews

"Each narrator shares elements of culpability for the rumors and mistreatment of Alice, and teens are introduced to the potential damage that rumors and lies bring." --School Library Journal

"Alice gets the final word, yet Mathieu avoids reducing her story to a revenge narrative, instead offering a quietly powerful testament to perspective and personal resilience." --Publisher's Weekly
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About Jennifer Mathieu

Jennifer Mathieu started writing stories when she was in kindergarten and now teaches English to middle and high schoolers. She lives in Texas with her husband, her son, her dog, and two cats. Nothing bad has ever been written on the bathroom stall about Jennifer. At least she doesn't think so. The Truth About Alice is Jennifer's debut novel.
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Rating details

14,275 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
5 20% (2,842)
4 37% (5,351)
3 31% (4,456)
2 9% (1,258)
1 3% (368)

Our customer reviews

I can't even begin to describe the amount of hatred I felt during this book. The point of views switch from the Most Popular Girl in school, her ex best friend, the Most Popular Guy's Best friend and the Loner Nerd. Sorry to label everyone but that's how it is in this book. On my first list of people that I detest has to be her ex best friend. The girl who is selfish enough to keep spreading rumours about her old friend just so she can stay in the popular circle. Second to that list, is the Most Popular girl and she blames Alice for killing Brandon when in reality HE is to blame for his own actions. The pacing is pretty much perfect because you really do want to know who was behind the death and the mystery surrounding it was exactly what I thought it would be, yet it still surprised me. How incredibly insane it is to put forth blame on Alice. How people are so adapt to judge and poke fun and bully people when they don't know the truth. This book you guys.. This book broke me. It's raw and emotional and real. So real that I'm sure it will be true to most high school girls around the world. I'm pretty sure they can relate to some of the things in the book as well. Overall, I suggest grabbing this book for a quick relatable read. Make sure to keep an open mind though, it was an infuriating read especially if you have strong opinions about more
by Giselle SM
First things first, I want to disclose that I've been past my teenage years longer than I was a teenager. Therefore, Jennifer Mathieu's debut, The Truth About Alice, didn't really affect me greatly like most of the reviews that I've seen. Or maybe it was because I went to school in a small town like Healy with a bunch of catty people and found myself just saying, "Yep, that's pretty much what happens." However, the longer it took me to write this review, the more I "got" the novel. The Truth About Alice is told through several different points of view. Elaine is one of the most popular girls in school and was on-again/off-again with Brandon Fitzsimmons. Josh was Brandon's wide receiver and best friend. Kelsie is on the edge of popularity and was Alice Franklin's best friend up until the infamous party at Elaine's. Kurt is the smart kid that exists outside of social circles and lived next door to Brandon from kindergarten. These characters take turns telling how their town slaps a scarlet letter on Alice and what their parts are in her social downfall. They are also able to tell a story about bullying at its very finest. (Please note the sarcasm there.) This book is absolutely about bullying and what happens when no one steps forward to stop it, but it also shows the pain of teenagers and the difficult time they have expressing and venting their problems in a proper outlet. All of the characters who have points of view in The Truth About Alice are hurting to some extent over the death of Brandon. They are also unwilling to take ownership of what they themselves have done wrong and project those issues onto Alice and punish her for their conflicts. I won't say more, but any one of the teens in this book, or a parent, could have stepped in and headed this off As for the story itself and the writing, it did drag for me a bit. I did not have an emotional connection with any of the characters, but I think I felt the most for Kelsie. I understand a lot of her pain and where she is coming from because I had a friend like her. I pitied her. I also didn't feel that anyone in this book was a villain. They said and did some pretty rotten things, but I don't feel like they had enough emotional maturity to understand the scope of how they allowed the situation to get out of hand. I think The Truth About Alice can remind us older people of what it was like to be a teenager, and it shows young people that they are not alone. I think reading this book can remind all of us how important it is to show kindness to everyone, no matter if they are being mistreated by the majority of people. The Truth About Alice isn't the easiest book to read because of the situation, but I think teenagers and their parents will do well to pick it up. 3.5/5 Starsshow more
by Kayla Beck
I wanted to read this one because I wanted to know the truth behind what happened as well the motives to (possibly lie) and bring down Alice. The way that Alice's stiffer was told was pretty unique, again a bullying story that sticks out because of the way it is presented. I think it would have been nice tho get more of Alice point of view but if we did then I think the story wouldn't have stood out just another in the sea of bullying tools from first perspective. And I know I might sound a little cold but don't get me wrong they are necessary and powerful stories but there are several and it makes it more challenging to me personally when I get to know some of the other characters involved because I know their motives and the hard things going on with then. Not that it gives then any excuse for talking negatively about another person and then trying to keep then down. The first of the four characters that made an impression on me was Kelsie. I was always more of what Elaine described Alice as before the incidents, middle of the road, except instead of being on the edge of the popular gang, I felt I got in more with the outcasts or the other middle. So I had a lot of friends like Kelsie was before she moved. I honestly can't imagine moving and then spiking in popularity. But it was hard to hear his honest she was. While I did appreciate that she wasn't lying to herself butt if was hard to suggest that she used to be best friends with Alice and then assist the party knowing that Alice was being put down and it wasn't considered cool or okay when she got implicated in the car accident, Kelsie decided to side with the others at school. And through the story especially at the very end, she is also the character who I think grew the most. I understood more and more that she was so afraid and that effected every thing she did, and that made me be able tho get over the mean things she did and be able to relate to her. Well, I know I said get over what she did, I never forgot about it but I could see around it. All of the other characters had their unique voice and way of seeing and relating tho Alice. At first I didn't quite get and appreciate each because I wanted tho get to the bottom of the story but as the plot got thicker I really saw the answers, through the lies tho the truth, no matter how ugly or hard. Josh was Brandons best friend, and through him we see the accident as well as some of the story behind what happened at the party and see Brandon through other' eyes. One thing I want sure of is if he was gay or bi. Some of his actions and the way he describes Brandon at times makes me wonder. Speaking of, the romances seem to all take a back seat. Though Josh talked about girls it was never a focus. It was more friendship and what that looked like. I loved when Josh was remembering Brandon and was able tho recognize his flaws but still see through them. It was also a carried over theme with Alice and kelsie, how they used tho be best friends and then the gradual dissolving of it. We also focus on ke'll kelsies relationship with her mom and how she wishes it was different. She wanted more from her... emotional support and physical comfort of a hug. From Elaine, who by the way was my least favorite of the four. I didn't hate her or anything, it is just harder for me to relate to her because she was always in the popular crowd. From her though we get her relationship with her mom. She wanted to be her friend but also pressured her to ssh hi things like weight watchers with her and Elaine had to learn to stand up for herself. And finally we get to Kurt. He was a boy genius and didn't really fit into their then. He was happy for the most part to be ignored and it gave him more time to read and study. He is the ultimate nerd and he stole my heart. He accepted people for who they were and he had a secret, knowing the truth behind one of the many lies about Alice through a semi friendship with one of the characters. It was mostly kept on the down low which is why no one would suspect he knew the truth. I love that befriends Alice when she was at a low and all of the rumors were at their highest. He had a crush on her for the longest time and I was cheering for him when he finally got up the courage to initiate. Through him we get sort of a view into how Alice is handling everything as their friendship grows. I think that the ending was well shove. I plot down the book emotional but with a smile on my face. At several points I was pretty unsure how it was possibly going to wrap up in any way that would satisfy me but she managed it. The story was paced very well and I didn't want to stop reading because it was a character driven story and I knew their would be events and things to make the characters realize more about themselves as well as uncovering the truth about Alice. Bottom Line: character driven story uncovering the truth about Alice through multiple more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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