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
The Truth About Alice
Alice Franklin is the talk of the town. Did you know she slept with two guys at one party this summer? Ask anyone. The scandal is all anyone can talk about in the small town of Healy. Each character navigates the minefields of their own lives, dealing with secrets and anxieties, as well as revealing their part in the one big story of the summer.
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?
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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. Much like 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, this is a book about the effect of rumors. It is also a book about slut shaming.
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.