The truth about alice jennifer mathieu
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer MathieuEveryone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.
But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?
Its true. Ask ANYBODY.
Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. Its written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.
In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students—the girl who has the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door—tell all they know.
But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end theres only one person to ask: Alice herself.
The Truth About Alice
Then one of the boys, a star football player named Brandon, dies in a car accident. Alice must somehow be to blame. This is a truly fascinating book because although we hear the story of Alice in 4 voices, not a single 1 of those voices belong to Alice herself. There is Elaine, queen bee and mean girl extraordinaire who starts it all, in part because she is still mad about something that happened in 8th grade. And there is Kurt, a shy genius who reaches out to Alice when no one else will.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Mathieu's book, released Tuesday, delves into the heads of five high school students to address the very real, very present concerns of bullying and slutshaming, and it does not hold back. Alice Franklin might not have been the most popular girl in school — that title was reserved for her friend Elaine O'Dea — but she wasn't a social outcast by any means. That was before the two incidents. As Elaine says at the beginning of the novel, there are two absolute truths about Alice: She slept with two people the same night at a party in Elaine's house, and one of those guys, Brandon Fitzsimmons, died in a car accident that was Alice's fault. Of course, as is the case with high school rumors, these aren't actually the absolute truths. But that doesn't really matter, does it? Alice is bullied relentlessly, and she becomes a pariah in the school and even throughout the community.