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Review: The Truth About Alice – Jennifer Mathieu

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I really enjoyed Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu when I read it last year when I found out The Truth About Alice was being released in the UK for the first time this year, I was super excited! I was lucky enough to get an e-arc!


Synopsis: 

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.
But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?
It’s true. Ask ANYBODY.

Rumour has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s written all over the ‘slut stall’ in the girls’ bathroom at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumours start to spiral out of control.

In this remarkable novel, four Healy High students – the party girl, the car accident survivor, the ex-best friend and the boy next door – tell all they know.

But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end, there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.


Plot:
This is a really powerful story about bullying, it really shows how rumours and word of mouth can ruin someone’s school life. I felt so sorry for Alice, she’s been labelled as a slut, her ‘friends’ turn their back on her and make matters worse for her. It’s a really sad story. It really touched my heart, I hate bullying with a passion and even though this is fictional, it happens so often in real life. Prepare to hate the majority of the characters in this book (you’re supposed to), but I don’t think I have ever hated a cast of characters so much.

The book was very well written, it felt realistic – I can remember similar horrible things going on in school, the slut-shaming and bullying etc – unfortunately, this is a reality at a lot of High Schools.

Characters:
Kelsie & Elaine – 
God I hated these two. They are awful people, bitchy, slut-shaming hypocrites! They are seriously horrible, but that is the whole point. They are the bullies, they make Alice’s life a misery.
Josh –
This guy, well, I don’t really know what to think of him. He unintentionally caused trouble but he could’ve just told the truth.
Kurt –  THANK THE HEAVENS FOR THIS GUY! 
BLESS YOU, KURT. What a total sweetheart. Kurt is your typical nerdy genius, who is a loner but he is just a great guy! My favourite character in this book, hands down. 
Alice –
Poor Alice, I feel so much for her. Things got so bad for her, everyone is so horrible to her and her home life isn’t so great either.

Rating: 4/5 stars

*I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.

The Truth About Alice is out in the UK on March 8th 


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