The Truth About Alice: A Novel
By the author of Moxie, a powerful feminist novel that deals with slut-shaming, told through the perspectives of four small-town teens, about how everyone has a motive to bring—and keep—a teen girl down.
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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Praise for The Truth about Alice:
“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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Whisper1 - LibraryThing
The truth about Alice is that she did not do all those terrible things that the star quarter back and his co-team member told a few who then told more than a few who then told the entire school ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - pennma05 - LibraryThing
I have to say I really didn't like this book until I was over halfway through. But it was short enough that I just decided to finish it. The only character I liked was Kurt. Occasionally Alice but ... Read full review