Review From User :
Wow, talk about a sleeper hit.
This book has been languishing on my bookshelves for quite some time now and I seriously considered offloading it during one of last year's spring clean frenzies. I mentioned in another review that I have been forcing myself to read all the unread books on my bookshelves by grabbing the least appealing one (aka the ones that have been there the longest) and trying the first chapter.
And this is exactly the reason I'm glad I'm forcing myself to at least attempt each book before donating it, because otherwise I would have missed out on this story. And I seriously loved it.
This thing had so many important themes and underlying messages and I devoured it in one sitting. I thought the way Mathieu told the story from the alternating POVs was brilliant. I feel like she also captured the way that teenagers are in some ways cruel and heartless...and yet in others perhaps more brutally honest in a manner adults never are once they learn to censor themselves.
I went to high school in Los Angeles County, California. The schools were large and diverse and I never witnessed any of the clicks and jocks and popular vs unpopular crap you see in books and movies; however, I will never forget going home for Thanksgiving with one of my college roommates. I went to school on the east coast and she was from a very small town in Indiana. While attending a house/barn party (with Natty Ice, no less!), I learned that some of the aforementioned high school stereotypes absolutely come from a place of truth as it applies to small towns. It was fascinating from the perspective of someone who never lived that experience.
But I digress.
I think this was a wonderful book that said a lot about both the teenagers AND the adults in the story too. The way we actually are vs the way we want to be perceived...and the inner voice people will ignore...the lengths some people will go for the latter.
Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.
But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?
It’s true. Ask ANYBODY.
Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s 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 there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.