Book Review: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu + Giveaway!!

Hey guys! I know I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks, but my church was doing VBS and I had tons to do before it started. To thank you for being patient with me, I’m throwing the first ever Booky Bunny Giveaway! Yaaay! Let’s start off with my review of the book.

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Info: Contemporary YA, hardback, 199 pages, a couple of weeks.

I was in a reading slump when I started reading this book, so it took me a while. But it is not a long or hard book, and I really enjoyed it once I made myself sit down and finish.

Synopsis: 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.” After Brandon dies, the rumors start to spiral out of control. In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they “know” about Alice–and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life. But in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.

Why I Chose This Book: This was the book chosen by commenters/random drawing for the giveaway, and it sounded really interesting. I love perspective books and slut shaming is a big social issue right now.

What I Liked: As I said, I love books written from different perspectives. I liked that the characters knew what they were doing wasn’t the right thing and acknowledged the power of peer pressure, social standing, and rumors. Since I live in a small Texas town like Healy, I can completely see something like this happening. Which sucks, and needs to change. Also, there will be another thing I liked after my final thoughts, underneath a spoiler warning.

What I Didn’t Like: There wasn’t a lot that I didn’t like. This was a really good book. I loved the characters and the honesty shown in their chapters. In a perfect world, there would have been more that happened to the antagonists, but I know the ending given was the realistic one.

Rating and Recommendation: 4.5 stars. Read this if you like books about bullying, high school drama, and/or social issues.

Final Thoughts: This is a pretty good book. I don’t know how often I’ll reread it, but I definitely hope some kids read this and see the power of a small rumor. Words have so much power, and that power comes with serious consequences.

SPOILER ALERT. DO NOT READ AHEAD IF YOU WANT TO READ THE BOOK KNOWING NOTHING. 

 

I loved loved loved the last chapter. I didn’t think there was going to be a chapter from Alice’s perspective, which really upset me. I didn’t want to go through this book without knowing her side. The whole problem the book points out is that only a few points of view are heard and never the one of the subject, so I was totally grateful that we got to see from her eyes. 

 

SPOILERS OVER. GIVEAWAY TIME!!

This giveaway is for one new hardback copy of  The Truth About Alice. No purchase necessary to win, only available to winners in the US. The giveaway starts today, and will end at midnight on July 27. There are tons of ways to earn entries! Check it out on the Facebook fan page!

xoxo,
Rachel

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Make It Happen Monday 7.07.2014

Hey y’all! I hope everyone had a super relaxing July 4th weekend. With the awesome holiday behind us, it’s time to get back to work. This week, I want to

1. Finish decorating my VBS room
2. Memorize my dances for VBS
3. Keep drinking tons of water
4. Finish my book
5. Start Life By Committee
6. Send a care package to the boyfriend
7. Get my new desk set up.

What are you hoping to get done this week? Did you have a fun weekend? Sound off in the comments!

Favorite Things Friday: 7.04.2014

Happy Fourth of July!! I hope you’re all enjoying the day and celebrating all the sacrifices made so that we can live in this amazing country together. I have been relaxing and sleeping all day, which has been wonderful. Haha. So, without further ado, here are my favorite things this week!

1. America

I love this country. And while I hope to live in Europe for a while, I will never stop loving America. Yes, there are a lot of problems with our country. But you’ll never find a perfect place – Thomas More made that quite clear. So I’m happy that I can live in a country that allows me to follow my dreams and beliefs. Thanks, Murica!

2. Orphan Black

With my day off, I’ve decided to finally start watching this show. It is amazing! Tatiana Maslany is so incredibly talented and I cannot get enough of it! I’m already almost done with season one. It’s so good!!!

3. New Books

Yesterday, I finally got my books in the mail – including the one for my upcoming giveaway! I’ll be posting the giveaway next week after I’ve read the book. Get excited!

4. Green Apple Sauce

You heard me right. Applesauce made of green apples. It’s delish and I can’t get enough. It’s available wherever you buy applesauce, I’m sure. I’m also looking to try the blueberry, strawberry, and mixed berry sauces. Sounds totes yums and I can’t wait! Is that sad? That’s pretty sad. But if you don’t get psyched for the little things, life just lacks flavor. Which is not a problem in green applesauce.

That’s all for this week! Thanks for tuning in. Have a great and safe 4th!!

xoxo
Rachel

Top Ten Tuesday: Classics!

As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, an absolutely amazing blog you should totally check out.

Today’s T10T is all about classics! I get into a classics mood once in a while, and I have a few favorites to which I always return. In no particular order…

1. Peter Pan

Peter Pan is such a huge part of my life. It’s an amazing work with heartbreaking backstory and I cannot get enough of it! I collect copies and inspired works such as Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson and Capt. Hook by J.V. Hart. Another book I do this with is…

2. Pride and Prejudice

SO GOOD! I used to hate Jane Austen, but now that I’m not forced to read her, I love her!

3. Wuthering Heights 

4. Rebecca

5. Clockwork Orange

6. Scarlet Letter

7. The Wizard of Oz

8. The Secret Garden

9. A Christmas Carol

10. The Oedipus Cycle

What are your favorite classics? Do we have any in common? Did you hate any of these? Let me know!

North Texas Teen Book Festival + Giveaway by Of Spectacles and Books

There aren’t tons of book blogs that I follow because I don’t have much time for catching up on site reading along with everything else. But y’all, my favorite book blog is Of Spectacles and Books. I know one of the writers, Amanda, and she is phenomenal. Every post is fun and feels like you’re talking to a friend, not just finding out about some book. And at this amazing blog, they are hosting an AMAZING giveaway I totally want to win. But, because y’all are awesome (and sharing gets me more entries) I want you to check it out too!

 

But there’s something EVEN COOLER about that post: There’s tons of great info about North Texas Teen Book Festival. I am so psyched that there could be a book festival here in Tejas! But it won’t happen if we don’t help. You can donate as little as one dollar and help this festival become an annual event instead of a hopeful dream that fell through. Plus, any donation gets you ten entries into the giveaway! What the what?! There is nothing not to love, y’all! So go ahead, check it out, and help support NTTBF!!

xoxo
Rachel