Friday, November 22, 2013

All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry [Review]

All the Truth That's In Me4.5 out of 5 Robots!

All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry

Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Release: September 26, 2013
Hardcover: 274 Pages
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever. This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last
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Shannon's Thoughts:
The best part of this novel is I never knew where it was heading.  It was twisty-turny and parts made me squirmy-wormy. I did NOT guess at the final outcome, which is rare.  Usually I have some notion of where things are headed, but I didn't see it coming. 

This book was, at times, incredibly frustrating.  Judith lives in a puritan-esque small settlement where morality is harshly judged.  Judith was held captive for 2 years by a madman who cut out her tongue before letting her return home.  Judith is considered cursed by the townspeople and spurned by her mother.  She lives like a ghost.

And there are times when it is incredibly heartbreaking.  Judith loves her childhood friend, Lucas, but he is set to marry another and doesn't speak to her anymore.  She spends much of the book "speaking" to Lucas in her head.  She desperately wants him to notice her and fixates on him quite a bit.  At first I was a little put off by this, but then realized the poor girl has nothing else going for her.

But there are also times of hope.  Through some series of events, Judith rekindles her relationship with her brother and becomes friends with the "popular" girl, Maria. Judith starts to find her voice, literally and figuratively.  It is quite a beautiful thing to watch.

The narration style is perhaps the most unique aspect.  It is told in 2nd person narrative, but it is not directed at the reader.  It is directed towards Lucas.  When Judith says "You were there", she is speaking to Lucas.  It took a little bit of time to get accustomed to, but I ended up really liking how different the narrative was.  Overall, I really liked this book and highly recommend it to fans of historical fiction and psychological thrillers.

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