The Truth about Alice (Hardcover)
Chris's August 2014 Staff Pick: This is the story of Alice from everybody but Alice. In the small town of Healy Texas things get out of hand at a party, and the rumors about Alice start to fly.
But the bases for these rumors may have more than meets the eye. Are they really about Alice or are they about the people starting them? Jennifer is a debut author and her first book really brings to heart how much lies can hurt and how fast things can fly when you just want to be liked by other people.— From Chris's Picks
Winner of the Children's Choice Book Awards' Teen Choice Debut Author Award
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.
This title has Common Core connections.
About the Author
Jennifer Mathieu started writing stories when she was in kindergarten and now teaches English to middle and high schoolers. She lives in Texas with her husband, her son, her dog, and two cats. Nothing bad has ever been written on the bathroom stall about Jennifer. At least she doesn't think so. The Truth About Alice is Jennifer's debut novel.
"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