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The truth about Alice, Jennifer Mathieu

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The truth about Alice
Title
The truth about Alice
Statement of responsibility
Jennifer Mathieu
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"When ugly rumors and lies about Alice Franklin start after one of the guys she allegedly slept with at a party dies in a car accident, questions about truth arise in her small town"--
Storyline
Tone
Award
YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2015.
Review
  • Grades 9-12 The text that changed everything: tommy and me banged alice franklin upstairs. Nearly overnight, Alice’s status as a popular junior is destroyed, as students, parents, and seemingly everyone else in Healy, Texas (population 3,000), gasp about the scandal. Debut novelist Mathieu assigns storytelling duties to the side characters: queen bee Elaine, who has an old grudge to exploit; bestie Kelsie, who uses Alice’s misfortune as a way to climb the social ladder; Josh, best bud of Brandon, the star quarterback who sent the text; and Kurt, the brainy weirdo who offers Alice her only solace. When Brandon dies in a road accident supposedly brought on by Alice’s distracting texts, the ostracism kicks into overdrive. If the plot and cast of characters feel familiar, well, they are, but Mathieu’s telling is done with plenty of caustic panache, with the characters betraying their own failings and insecurities—each is a ticking bomb that Alice sets off by chance. Relevant to college readers, too, this is a tough, unapologetic look at slut-shaming from a promising new voice. -- Kraus, Daniel (Reviewed 08-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 22, p18)
  • Gr 9 Up — Healy, Texas, is a small town where everyone knows each other's business, and the scandals that unfold around Alice Franklin are no exception. The book is told from alternating points of view, and four of Alice's classmates provide accounts of heavy drinking and rumors about Alice's promiscuity. Readers are told that the title character had sex with two boys at the same party, sent obsessive texts that led to the death one of the boys, and had an abortion. As the story unfolds, Alice is called a slut and a skank, is abandoned by her best friend, is ostracized by everyone, and endures a "slut stall" in the girl's bathroom filled with derogatory graffiti. As more is revealed, 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. Though certain participants in the rumor mill feel bad and readers get the sense that Alice heals from the horrible events while developing a meaningful relationship, the treatment of such serious topics is cursory at best. Mathieu skims the harmful topics of slut-shaming, rumors, and lies in a way that places this title in the ranks of books like the "Gossip Girl" series by Cecily von Ziegesar (Little, Brown) as opposed to more thought-provoking titles like The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney (Little, Brown, 2010).—Adrienne L. Strock, Chicago Public Library --Adrienne L. Strock (Reviewed May 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 5, p135)
  • Four high-school juniors—Elaine, Kelsie, Josh, and Kurt—narrate the eponymous Alice's story in turns. A callous jock named Brandon starts a rumor that Alice slept with him and another boy at Elaine's party. Shortly afterward, he dies in a car crash, and Josh suggests that texts from Alice distracted Brandon. These rumors take on a life of their own, transforming Alice from a well-liked girl into a cafeteria pariah with a "Slut Stall" dedicated to her in the girls' bathroom. Mathieu's well-crafted debut portrays all the teens sympathetically, revealing the insecurities that motivate their actions; for example, Kelsie thinks the popular girls "could smell my old middle school nerdiness on me like it was some kind of disease," and would rather betray her best friend than lose her newfound popularity. Their accounts unintentionally reveal Alice's decency, emphasizing the cruelty of the ostracism and underscoring the integrity of the one boy who dares to befriend her. Alice gets the final word, yet Mathieu avoids reducing her story to a revenge narrative, instead offering a quietly powerful testament to perspective and personal resilience. Ages 12–up. Agent: Sarah LaPolla, Bradford Literary Agency. (June) --Staff (Reviewed July 21, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 29, p)
  • Jealousy, rumors and lies can ruin a teen girl's life.In the summer before junior year at Healy High School, Alice Franklin was one of the girls popular enough to be invited to Elaine O'Dea's party. That night, Alice supposedly slept with both high school quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons and college guy Tommy Cray. Just after homecoming, Brandon dies in a car accident, allegedly while texting with Alice. Debut author Mathieu brings new life to a common mean girls' narrative through her multiple first-person narrators. Readers first hear Alice's story from Elaine, the queen bee of the junior class. Then Kelsie Sanders enters as Alice's best friend, who is willing to cast her aside to maintain her own tenuous place in the social hierarchy. Two boys also get to tell their sides of the story: Josh Waverly, Brandon's best friend, who has secrets of his own, and Kurt Morelli, nerd extraordinaire, who's been secretly obsessed with Alice for years. Due to the novel's short length, the rotating narrators and a few questionable word choices, some characters border on caricatures in places. When readers finally hear directly from Alice in the book's last chapter, they may wonder why the author took so long to introduce arguably the most interesting voice in the book.A quick if unoriginal read saved by a realistic ending. (Fiction. 13-18)(Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2014)
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10301946
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Mathieu, Jennifer
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
900L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
UG
LC call number
PZ7.M4274
LC item number
Tr 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
Reading level
5.6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Rumor
  • Truth
  • Bullying
  • Rumor
  • Truth
  • Bullying
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Adolescence
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Dating & Sex
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Bullying
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The truth about Alice, Jennifer Mathieu
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1026966
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
199 pages
Isbn
9781596439092
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013044974
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781596439092
Label
The truth about Alice, Jennifer Mathieu
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/092/9781596439092/image/lgcover.9781596439092.jpg
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1026966
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
199 pages
Isbn
9781596439092
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013044974
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781596439092

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