The Truth About Alice

The Truth About Alice

Audiobook CD - 2015
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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.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2015
ISBN: 9781490650968
1490650962
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (5 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Truth about Alice : a novel

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JCLChrisK Apr 26, 2016

Everyone (literally) in the small town (pop. 3,000) of Healey, Texas, knows the truth about Alice Franklin. Well, they know what's been determined by the collective consciousness of the town's population as the truth, which is virtually the same thing. Everyone believes it, so it must be so. Everyone treats Alice as if it's true, so the end result is the same.

So what is it that everyone knows? Four narrators take turns gradually revealing that, at the final party of summer before their junior year of high school, Alice, who already had a bit of a reputation, had sex with two guys at the same party. Two weeks later she lustily texted one of them, the school's star quarterback, while he was driving, leading to his death when he wrecked his car. A few months later, she had an abortion. This is what everyone agrees is the truth about Alice. She is a slut and murderer.

As the four narrators tell this tale, they can't help revealing things about themselves. There is queen bee Elaine, who hosted the party. Kelsie, who was Alice's best friend until after the party. Josh, who was Brandon's best friend until he died. And Kurt, social outcast due to academic nerdiness and no desire to fit in. They reveal the things they "know" about Alice--the things they despise about Alice--are the things they worry most about in themselves. It's easier for them to deal with their fears and insecurities and shame when they can assign them to someone else, place them on an easy target. Sometimes they know they are making "convenient" choices, sometimes they don't even realize they are lying. As narrators, though, they are as unreliable as the "truth" about Alice. Because, as so often happens in reality, this "truth" has been constructed by these storytellers and their community. "Truth" is merely perception and agreed-upon belief, repeated enough times until it is unquestioned.

This book captures that marvelously. 4.5 stars.

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JCLChrisK Apr 26, 2016

There is one thing I've learned about people: they don't get that mean and nasty overnight. It's not human nature. But if you give people enough time, eventually they'll do the most heartbreaking stuff in the world.

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