Mathieu, Jennifer The Truth About Alice, 199 pgs. Roaring Brook Press, 2014. $16.99 Content: Language: R (50 swears; 3 “F” words); Mature Content: R; Violence: PG.
Alice Franklin is a well-liked girl who fits in at school, until one night when Brandon, the school quarterback, decides that her punishment for not having sex with him will be a nasty rumor that he spreads around school. Brandon tells everyone that Alice slept with him and then five minutes later slept with another guy. The vicious rumors fly and when Brandon dies in a car accident a month later, Alice is blamed for sex-ting him while he was driving.
This book is told from five different perspectives-the popular girl who had the party, Alice’s former best friend, Josh-Brandon’s best friend, Kurt-the class nerd and Alice. The different perspectives provide the motive for why the rumors were spread and tells the true story of what happens. I couldn’t put this book down. Alice is easy to like, and the horrible things that happen to her help paint a picture of the impact of bullying. This book is hard to recommend because of obscene references to genitalia and sexual acts. The overall story is around the topic of sex and one character gets an abortion.
HS-PUBLIC Reviewer, C. Peterson.