I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Macmillan on 2014-06-03
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether it’s true. The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault. Now the only friend she has is a boy who may be the only other person who knows the truth, but is too afraid to admit it. Told from the perspectives of popular girl Elaine, football star Josh, former outcast Kelsie, and shy genius Kurt, we see how everyone has a motive to bring – and keep – Alice down.
I saw The Truth About Alice on Netgalley, and after reading the description, I thought it sounded good and decided to give it a chance. I guess I didn’t read the Goodreads description (which is the one I C&P’d above) because I didn’t fully know what to expect.
The first thing that really threw me for a loop was the narrators. For some reason, I expected Alice to narrate the story. But she doesn’t. It’s told from four other perspectives. I didn’t eventually get used to this, though Elaine’s chapters always made me want to hit something. Seriously, The Truth About Alice reminded me of everything I hated about high school.
At the very beginning, we find out that Alice slept with two guys at the same party and that one of them died in a car accident, presumably Alice’s fault, shortly thereafter, and we hear from Elaine how the story got spread around and how it’s affected Alice since. Honestly, I felt bad for Alice. I had a feeling, since the story wasn’t told from her perspective, that all probably wasn’t as it seemed, so I anxiously kept reading. I wanted to find out the truth of what happened and how it finally came out.
I had a hard time rating this one. I enjoyed reading it, true, but when I finished, I put the book down and wondered “What the hell was the point of this book?” Honestly, I didn’t feel like much happened. It really just seemed like a big reminder that high school sucks, people can be jerks, and that rumors aren’t always what they seemed. Maybe that’s all the author wanted to get across, but it just felt to me like there should have been more. I was disappointed in the ending, which bothered me more because the rest of the book had so much potential.
Overall, I’d say that I liked The Truth About Alice. It kept me reading, and I’d recommend it, even if I did hate the female narrators, but I just wanted something more from it.