The Truth About Alice

The Truth About Alice

Book - 2014
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"When ugly rumors and lies about Alice Franklin start after one of the guys she allegedly slept with at a party dies in a car accident, questions about truth arise in her small town"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Roaring Brook Press,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781596439092
1596439092
Characteristics: 199 pages ; 22 cm

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MelissaYAReader
Jul 12, 2017

Told from multiple perspectives this story explores how rumors and truth can become twisted, and the damage they can do. This is one of those books that make you think. Everyone has their own versions of what really happened and who Alice really is. Everyone has their own agenda and things to hide. This book shows how twisted the truth can really become. I loved how you get to know the secrets everyone is keeping and how those secrets taint the each character's version of the truth.

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originofanna
Aug 09, 2016

This was a disappointment. It's a very character driven story but the main character, Alice, feels so far away from us that it was hard to connect to her at all. I didn't end up caring about any of the characters. However, it was short and the writing was good so I still enjoyed reading it.

JCLBeckyC Jun 09, 2016

The Truth About Alice is a contradiction--in the best way possible. The nuanced storytelling contradicts its crass subject matter. It's a deep, thoughtful story mostly told by petty, insecure, small-minded teens--all unreliable narrators but one, and then finally two, but skillfully crafted into completely believable, realistic characters. Each narrator takes turns telling what they know to be the truth about a modern-day, small-town Hester Prynne. Rumors. Gossip. Slut shaming. Lies. Betrayals. Barf! Don't let the trashy subject matter turn you off. This is serious social commentary that deserves our critical eye. Recommended for adults and teens who like realistic fiction, and especially for fans of John Green's Paper Towns, Julie Murphy's Dumplin', and A.S. King's Reality Boy.

JCLChrisK Apr 26, 2016

Everyone (literally) in the small town (pop. 3,000) of Healey, Texas, knows the truth about Alice Franklin. Well, they know what's been determined by the collective consciousness of the town's population as the truth, which is virtually the same thing. Everyone believes it, so it must be so. Everyone treats Alice as if it's true, so the end result is the same.

So what is it that everyone knows? Four narrators take turns gradually revealing that, at the final party of summer before their junior year of high school, Alice, who already had a bit of a reputation, had sex with two guys at the same party. Two weeks later she lustily texted one of them, the school's star quarterback, while he was driving, leading to his death when he wrecked his car. A few months later, she had an abortion. This is what everyone agrees is the truth about Alice. She is a slut and murderer.

As the four narrators tell this tale, they can't help revealing things about themselves. There is queen bee Elaine, who hosted the party. Kelsie, who was Alice's best friend until after the party. Josh, who was Brandon's best friend until he died. And Kurt, social outcast due to academic nerdiness and no desire to fit in. They reveal the things they "know" about Alice--the things they despise about Alice--are the things they worry most about in themselves. It's easier for them to deal with their fears and insecurities and shame when they can assign them to someone else, place them on an easy target. Sometimes they know they are making "convenient" choices, sometimes they don't even realize they are lying. As narrators, though, they are as unreliable as the "truth" about Alice. Because, as so often happens in reality, this "truth" has been constructed by these storytellers and their community. "Truth" is merely perception and agreed-upon belief, repeated enough times until it is unquestioned.

This book captures that marvelously. 4.5 stars.

Cynthia_N Mar 25, 2016

This was a hard book to read. The author does a great job of describing the visible changes in Alice as she goes through the whole school turning against her. Except Kurt. Told in chapters by the people who go to school with her and their true version of what happened. Statement that stuck with me. “You know how there’s this whole world that exists only to teenagers, and adults never know what’s going on there?”

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MRR0664
Dec 02, 2015

A Children's Book Choice Award Winner for teen debut author. This is best for high school age/college age but it is an excellent book about spreading rumors and the cost for those rumors.

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MRR0664
Nov 18, 2015

One day Alice is happy and thriving. But a series of rumors quickly turns her high school life upside down. This is a quick read that holds many viewpoints from several perspectives about the social hierarchy in high school.

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Sansha
Aug 10, 2014

Story is set in an American high school. I think it is more suited to older teens. It tells the story of the 'in-crowd' turning on one of their own. Spreading untruths which grow and grow. Even to the point when one of the group is killed in a car accident, Alice is blamed.
Alice, who had been extroverted and popular continues to go to school but shrinks into herself having no contact with anyone. Until Kurt, the proud 'nurd' offers her friendship. As the months pass the instigators of the rumours realize things have gone to far .... but can they make amends?

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JCLChrisK Apr 26, 2016

There is one thing I've learned about people: they don't get that mean and nasty overnight. It's not human nature. But if you give people enough time, eventually they'll do the most heartbreaking stuff in the world.

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