Book Review: When Rumors in a Small Town Spread Like Nefarious Fog!




The Truth About Alice

Jennifer Mathieu



In a unique style, author Jennifer Mathieu, spins a tale that seems so real it could have happened.  While the point of view switches constantly, it is unique to see inside so many characters’ minds of the events. It is interesting from a psychological perspective to see how a lie, an ego and a reputation can change a town so dramatically.


Rumors are spread against Alice Franklin and when the star quarterback, Brandon Fitzsimmons, dies in a car crash, she is blamed.  In fact she is blamed for all that is wrong in the town, whether it is her fault or not. The Truth About Alice peeks inside the minds of several high school students involved around Brandon’s clique.


Yes, he was self absorbed and an ego-maniac and enabled by the town relishing in his football success but it was his arrogance that started the rumor against Alice. It was his simple drunken text that pushed the avalanche of lies that would snowball into Alice’s society banishment. In Mean Girls fashion, this story shows how teens can be affected by the hateful actions of the mob mentality of other teens. It shows how people latch on to a rumor completely not based in fact and spread it like the plague.


This book will have the reader filled with emotion. At first, the reader isn’t sure what to believe-are the rumors true? If they are, should Alice be judged so harshly? In reference to The Scarlet Letter with a modern day spin, Alice is exiled and has to live with the consequences of actions she didn’t take. When the truth is found out will it be too late as the damage is already done? Can the participants in the rumor game mature enough to understand what is really at stake?


It indeed is a fascinating look into the cliques and rumor-mills of high school society and small town life.


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FTC Disclaimer: I was loaned an ARC of this title by Net Galley for review purposes only, no other compensation was awarded.




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